“When I say artist I mean the one who is building things … some with a brush – some with a shovel – some choose a pen.” ~Jackson Pollock
I am Patt Timlin and … that sounds like I am beginning a 12-step program!
I chose Jackson Pollock’s quote because I completely agree that creatives are people with a mind-set that seeks to create and build and maybe beautify, but certainly change things around them. And it is our life.
I studied literature because I loved it. I studied art because I love it too. I was told, you can’t do both, you have to choose. I learned to play music [not well, mind you but still] because I love that too. I didn’t expect to make money from any of these endeavors. I didn’t want to. I wanted to keep creativity free and clear!
I chose other paths for income.
But I will always be a creative. I make art when I write, and when I sit down with a paint brush, or when I sit down with wires and keys and make a wind-chime.
But I also use my creativity when I garden. My garden is art. I use it when I redecorate my house. I use it when [rarely] the mood strikes me to cook!
I use it for my job when I write a presentation and make a handout or a PowerPoint. I use it when I get all the info on the excel sheet to balance and take the extra step to make it look pretty.
I cannot escape my creativity.
However I can deplete it.
I spent hours in the garden yesterday planting. I loved it. But I’m sore and tired today. I couldn’t go out and do it again.
I believe we must give back, replenish our creativity. By reading and listening and looking and being – all those help to replenish the stores.
I write a lot for my other blogs on marketing. I love them. I love helping people market their businesses online. That uses my creativity too. I was feeling that I needed another outlet, one to flex my creative muscles.
The world we live in now is a weird one. It is contentious and angry. It is so fast. We are awash in media and news. It makes it difficult to replenish your soul when it feels like we are in the whirlpool going down the drain!
And what makes it even more difficult? Algorithms. Our reliance on computers and websites for news and information has resulted in ‘filter bubbles’ that literally color everything we see online.
How can we replenish our souls when the algorithm is giving us just the same old information day after day?
So this site was born. I am out to replenish creative stores. One by creating on here. The other by finding and sharing things that I have found restorative.
I hope you too will find these posts restorative and replenishing for your souls. I hope by clicking through some of the links you will mix up your online algorithms so that some new and different and interesting works start showing up in your feeds as well!