37: Using Creativity to Impact Future Generations with Patricia Newman

37: Using Creativity to Impact Future Generations with Patricia Newman

The creative process of storytelling is both fascinating and inspiring. The stories we share and the ones we create play such a huge role in how we capture memories and shape the future. No one understands this better than Patricia (or Patti) Newman. Patti has a passion for telling stories, but her passion doesn’t stop there! I am excited for you to hear all of her thoughts on creativity!

Patricia Newman is the author of the Sibert Honor-winning Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem as well as Zoo Scientists to the Rescue; Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and Neema’s Reason to Smile. With her books, she hopes to empower kids and to share stories about people who create change around the world. Patti is our first children’s author on the podcast, and her stories about social justice, careers, and the wide world around us are just fabulous. It is clear that Patti has the heart to use her creative gifts to empower our future scientists, business owners, and world leaders. We have so much to learn from her in today’s episode!

More creativity in this episode:

  • Patti shares her unique point of view on children’s stories.
  • Why Patti tends towards environmental themes in her books.
  • The journey behind Neema’s story.
  • Children are often very perceptive when it comes to more difficult topics.
  • Patti shares stories of her own childhood.
  • Making the leap from reading to writing is big but natural.
  • Patti wants to teach children to connect what they have learned to the rest of the world.
  • The main reasons why Patti picks her stories.
  • We need to share with our children that their voices matter.
  • It is easy to see creativity in fiction, but nonfiction requires it too!

Resources:

Patricia Newman

Books are available online!

Reason 2 Smile

36: Ireland Travelogue Highlighting Irish Coffee

36: Ireland Travelogue Highlighting Irish Coffee

It’s always so tempting to travel! When my husband called me over the other day to check out a fantastic tour of Ireland that he found while looking at his tablet, it reminded me  that I had  not yet continued with the tale that I’d started in the podcast a while back, about the wonderful adventure we had last year, while touring around Great Britain and Ireland. So today I continue my story and I’m also going to let you listen in to a fun interview that I recorded on my trip, where I ask a host manager of a hotel for some information about Irish Coffee. Listen in- I really hope that you will enjoy the interview!

I’m occasionally a little shy, which I know is an odd admission for a podcaster, but on certain occasions, like trips abroad, it does tend to happen. Chatting to the local residents does tend to help me get over it, and this is one of the reasons that I really recommend that everyone takes some time to get to know the local people when traveling. In my experience, even taking the time for a brief chat can often prove to be the best part of an adventure! Listen in today to find out more about our tour of Great Britain and Ireland.

Show Highlights:

  • Taking tours can be very demanding, so be sure to leave on time and try to be the first ones there at any major attraction.
  • Some of the highlights of London.
  • Traveling to Windsor Station- a grand, English, industrial revolution, Victorian-style building, much of which is now a tourist mall.
  • Exploring the grounds of Windsor Castle.
  • About Canterbury Cathedral and the Black Prince.
  • The pastoral countryside was dotted with buildings with names like ‘The Croft’ and ‘The Old Mill’.
  • The ancient castles and grand stone churches are reminders of Great Britain’s long and fascinating history.
  • Touring the Royal Pavillion in Brighton.
  • Gaining a sense of the magic of Stonehenge.
  • Traveling in Cornwall.
  • The Priory of Saint Ives in Cornwall.
  • Taking a cruise up Plymouth Sound to Plymouth.
  • Bath- often the setting for titillating tales of Regency society.
  • Wales- a land of low mountains, tidy farms and signs with unpronounceable names.
  • Crossing St George’s Channel to green, green Ireland.
  • The history of Irish Coffee, a recipe to make it- and even how to drink it!  

 

Enjoy some of my photos from the trip!

35: Try New Things to Find What You Are Awesome At with Jen Cushman

35: Try New Things to Find What You Are Awesome At with Jen Cushman

Art is not just for the artist! My guest today, Jen Cushman, is an artist, a crafter, and a teacher who embraces that mentality wholeheartedly. Jen works best in multimedia. Any time she tries to stick to one medium, it never ends up well! From scrapbooking to mixed media collage to jewelry and so much more, Jen wants us all to push outside of our comfort zones and try something new and spectacular.

Today, Jen is going to share her amazing journeys in creativity. Along the way, she will share some of her brightest inspirations, favorite ways to create, and what it is like to develop a product. We will also get an inside look into her Deconstructed Reconstructed Retreats, which are fabulous and invaluable for someone interested in mixed media. Jen will also share with us why she loves working with power tools and blowtorches, and how jewelry making was opened up to her once she learned those skills.

Above all else, Jen makes art for anyone to enjoy that is also accessible to anyone. Because she loves teaching classes and writing books, Jen is ensuring that someone who might not consider themselves an artist in the strictest sense can still create something wonderful. Creativity is for everyone, and Jen and I are so excited to celebrate that with you today!

More in this episode:

  • Jen shares all of her current projects and passions.
  • Jen travels around the world to teach others how to do mixed media art.
  • Teaching women how to use power tools was an accidental but powerful movement for Jen.
  • Why Jen started crafting and expressing her creativity.
  • Jen actually got her start in journalism!
  • How Jen got kicked out of a Creative Memories crop but then got into teaching scrapbooking.
  • The creative process involved with developing a project to sell.
  • What it’s like to teach and develop a class.
  • Advice for choosing a retreat.
  • Why Jen is hosting her next retreat at home.
  • Jen’s best thoughts on creativity.

Resources:

Jen Online

Making Metal Jewelry

American Woman’s Hospital Service

 

34: A Creative Approach to Fine Art with Diane Richey-Ward

34: A Creative Approach to Fine Art with Diane Richey-Ward

What really inspires your creativity? Do you ever use the time it takes to do your routine tasks as an opportunity to reflect on things? And if so, do you make use of those reflective moments for your inspiration? Some of my most creative ideas have come to me while preparing a meal, or while doing laundry. And at times I allow myself to really indulge in the sensory input from my surroundings while getting completely lost in the moment. I focus on the colors, textures and my feelings at the time and then the creative force usually follows a bit later. I also love to see what other people are making, as the creativity of others can be a wonderful source of stimulation for new ideas too! Today’s story will offer many insights into the life of a fine artist, as I have Diane Richey-Ward with me as the guest on today’s show. She’s a fine artist based in Sacramento and she was also my drawing teacher a while back. Listen in today to find out about Diane’s creative approach to fine art.

Diane has been working mainly with the medium of drawing for the past thirty years. Every ten years she alters her approach, changing from drawing only to mixing drawing with sculpture or with other, different media. Her latest interest has been mixing drawing with photography and she’s been busy with that for the last three years. She features her latest work in an awesome show which is going on currently, at the Eastry Gallery in Sacramento. Today Diane talks to us about her widespread experiences and about the shows she’s had, all over the world. Listen in now to find out more!

Show highlights:

  • What inspired Diane’s idea of mixing drawing with photography.
  • Diane discusses her love for both drawing and photography.
  • What gives Diane the fantastic feeling of unlimited potential that she experiences, as an artist.
  • How Diane’s creativity has really increased, since her retirement
  • How architecture has featured prominently in Diane’s latest work.
  • The way that traveling provides inspiration for Diane’s work.
  • What art residency is all about.
  • What got Diane into teaching art for almost twenty-three years.
  • The most satisfying aspect of being an art teacher for Diane.
  • Why being retired is so much fun for Diane.
  • Why doing things other than art sometimes is a good idea.
  • How Diane initially got into art.
  • The hard work and perseverance that is required to become a successful artist.
  • The kind of venues that Diane prefers for her shows.
  • The key influences in Diane’s life as an artist.
  • Some tips to help you when you apply for art residencies.
  • A way to get a fresh, new perspective on things, if you run into a creative roadblock.

Links:

Photos of some of Diane’s work are available to everyone at A Creative Approach (on the Patreon page.)

They will also be available to the members of the Creative Approach Facebook group on the Creative Approach Facebook group page.

33: Inspiration from People and Places for the Digital Creative with Lynn Grieveson

33: Inspiration from People and Places for the Digital Creative with Lynn Grieveson

Where do you get YOUR creative approach? For many, it comes from the people in our lives or the places we travel. My guest today draws from both of those for her inspired digital scrapbooking designs. I’m a big fan of hers and I love using her designs for digital pages. I know you’ll enjoy hearing her story and learning about her creative approach.

Lynn Grieveson is a scrapbook storyteller, a digital designer, and a memory keeper. She designs digital scrapbooking kits and unique photo books for documenting and preserving precious memories and stories. Although she has lived in many places around the world, she currently makes her home in New Zealand, one of the most beautiful and inspiring places in the world. Don’t miss my conversation with Lynn!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Lynn’s scrapbooking history and the inspiration for her designs
  • How Lynn taught herself digital scrapbooking and has never looked back!
  • How she creates her designs with kits, brushes, colors, and themes
  • The benefits of Adobe Photoshop
  • Lynn’s inspiration for scrapbooking, beginning with her older daughter many years ago
  • The transition to digital scrapbooking: how it happened when she was “playing around”
  • Lynn’s background in art history and photojournalism
  • The biggest challenges as a designer? “The time it takes to create”
  • How traveling and living in different places inspires Lynn
  • The value of photo books in telling our stories
  • England, New Zealand, Australia, and more!
  • How she met her husband and learned to juggle work and motherhood
  • The circumstances and major influences for creativity in Lynn’s life
  • What it means to “think like a photojournalist”
  • Lynn’s thoughts on creativity: “It’s important for everyone because you are making something. Keep at it and it will become automatic and satisfying.”

Resources:

The Lilypad

Lynn Grieveson

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