Category Archives: Creative Thinking

The Global Art Café’s Expanding Palette

Since creating the Global Art Café public facebook group on March 23, 2020, we have grown to nearly 80 members and are growing every day. We have members from as far away as Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Northern Wales. Our members have backgrounds from many walks of life: retired administrators, teachers, homemakers, business people, entrepreneurs, artists, cellists, beauticians, life and nutrition coaches, writers, authors, accountants, and many more.

“We are a constantly expanding palette of people and colors that inspire one another to live creatively in our own unique ways.”

– Lisa M. Kindle

The mission of the Global Art Café is to challenge one another to be the best each of us can be while providing help to one another as we achieve our goals. Art and Creative thinking provide ways to expand our solutions other kinds processes can not.

Today, we celebrate and recognize one of our members, Sybil Swanson as she shares her artistic talents with one of her favorite mediums, abstract painting!

Global Art Café Colors #1 by Sybil Swanson
The question asked of each of us was: If you were a color, what color would you be today? I chose to take that question a bit further and took those colors from my paint box: turquoise, aqua, pink, hot pink, green, spring green, white and black. As I applied my brush to the canvas, I could feel how we just start out as anonymous individuals, then we start telling our stories, a little at a time. As the time progresses, I hear laughter and tears, and we begin to mesh, we begin to get a sense of each other. Our colors begin to blend. The beginnings of friendship.

It is the icing on the cake when we are able to celebrate creative victories, such as completing a project, creating something new, or exploring new things. Please keep a watch on our members as they create and share and help to celebrate those efforts! It is through this support we continue to grow and achieve our life-dreams!

Creative Blocks and Art Challenges

Hello all, I hope you are all finding time to enjoy creating during this time. I have been busy learning new things, connecting with new people and absorbing all art I can.

Last week at the Global Art Café round table, we talked about creative blocks and a bit about the 21 Day Art Journaling Challenge some of our members are participating in.

“We are all artists, painting our lives upon the canvas of reality. Mix the colors your own way and apply emotion liberally. Don’t be afraid to let your brushstrokes show, and above all else, make sure you art has soul.”
– Cristen Rodgers

Art by Global Art Café members for the 21 Day Art Challenge theme “Over the Rainbow

When it comes to creative blocks, having outlets for both work and play will aid and becoming “unstuck.” You might even say you are not creative, but you are as creative as anyone! Creativity shows up in many ways. It can reveal itself in your relationships, wardrobe, parenting, problem solving, ideas, shoelaces, social media, cooking, and much more.

Everyone is capable of creativity.

Never underestimate the power of a creative outlet.

Put creative time on the calendar and be sure to show up for it. A routine will reinforce your daily habits and “rewire” your brain to have stronger creative connections when you make it a regular “practice.”

Most of all, especially to note for the perfectionists out there, trying and failing is better than never trying at all. Many of us don’t create anything because we think it will turn out terrible. Who cares! Do it anyway. It’s okay to “fail” – reframe that “fail-mentality” to one that says, hey, I am learning and developing my own style”, or “I’m trying something new and it’s okay if it doesn’t work out.” It is in the process of trying that you actually progress through doing something creative.

Be prepared to toss your best ideas.

Now, go grab your pencil and schedule some creative time – and your sketchbook!

The Artist’s Way Helped Reveal My Purpose

I started the Artist’s Way to a New You 2020 Facebook Group in January 2020 as a way to keep myself accountable and create a place to stay on track. I am NOT a morning person. But… I had multiple reasons to do this challenge.

I’ve had lots of changes since the fall of 2019. Part of those changes included being an empty-nester, transitioning back to working at home, and newly married! Getting up early allowed me time to do my morning pages before I started the day and have a half-an-hour for devotional time and catch up life with my husband before he leaves for work.

This simple routine slowly transformed my vision and business goals. I had also been doing a weekly Art Coffee at the Maple Grove Art Center as part of my transition to this area. I was being led to start doing classes online, and when the Corona Virus “Shelter-at-Home” went into place, it pushed me to make the leap to pursue a certification for Therapeutic Art Life Coaching and launch the Global Art Café.

As I read the opening lines of Chapter 1 again this morning to start my second twelve weeks, now posting in the Global Art Café, I have a strong sense of new beginnings. I have worked independently, largely from home for nearly 15 years, so the “Shelter-at-Home” order is easy for me, but being an empathetic being, I sense a shift and hear my calling very loudly. The need for expression of what lies within us is stronger than ever. God said, “I have created you for such a time as this…” Esther 4:14 A time to lead – a time to change the lifestyle that had come before. This is that time.

People say one thing I do well is to challenge them, to make them think in a different way. To give them the nudge to go beyond their comfort zone. To feel the joy in doing something they had feared or not made time to do.

My challenge for myself – and to you, my audience as I write this today, is to ask yourself, whether it is to my God or yours, the Universe, whatever or whoever your higher power is, if you truly believe: “God created you for such a time as this, and He has a plan for you,” in every moment, every start of a new day, how would this change your days? 

Imagine living out your days with purpose, knowing you are living the life you were created to have!