My name is Karen and I am excited to be writing for hornface.com. I am an artist of sorts. Art was my favorite subject in school and has been a big part of my life. I have had some formal training, but mostly I am self-taught.
Looking back as a child, I was always making and creating something. Making cards for my parents birthdays was always fun. What kid has the money to either buy a card or buy the materials to make one? So I had to be creative and use what I had. Fabric was the choice of medium once when, for Mother’s Day, I made an apron with a little pocket and glued the fabric to some heavy construction paper. I don’t remember what I wrote inside, but I remember my mother loved it. I used the same methods for Father’s Day constructing a shirt complete with a tie. My dad was impressed, too.
Being sick most of the time, creating, drawing, painting and coloring were my favorite pastimes. To this day I enjoy a good coloring book. Back then, though I didn’t realize it, the creative processes I used had healing qualities. It distracted me for a while from whatever was ailing me, it gave me something to do besides watch television and gave a sense of accomplishment. I had created something.
As Picasso said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
I believe we are all created to create. We can create material things as well as the non tangible such as a nurturing environment. As we grow, we do tend to lose some that “artness”; the ability to entertain our imaginations and follow through with them. See I got creative, I made up a word. Sometimes we just don’t recognize how much we create, other than messes, chaos, or trouble. For me that can come naturally. Art isn’t limited to drawing or painting. Really think about the opportunities all day you have to create something. Cooking, baking, sewing, writing ( I am painting with words right now.), dancing, singing, gardening, doodling, yes even doodles, arranging a room, cleaning (now there’s an art), organizing, the list goes on. Here’s one you may not have thought of; playing with your kids. How often do you use your imagination with your kids?
Let’s look at cooking as a means of expression. Here’s a challenge to stretch your imagination and get creative in the kitchen. Recently, I found a recipe online at Kitchendaily.com;<a href=”http://www.kitchendaily.com/recipe/spaghetti-with-garlic-soy-shrimp-142659”>Spaghetti with Garlic-Soy Shrimp</a>. The first time I made it, I followed the recipe. The second time I made it, I followed it but made a few adjustments. I added some veggies and some of my own spices, onion powder, and scrambled egg. I must say it was pretty good.
Use this recipe or one that you like and tweak it. Tuna casserole for instance, is a simple, tried and true stand by. What can you do different to spice up tuna casserole? I gave you a hint already. So go ahead, turn on some tunes, head to the kitchen and give that tuna casserole a twist. If it comes out good, be sure to share it and post what recipe you used and and what you did differently.
So go ahead, be a kid, entertain your ideas.