Tag Archive for blog

3D Chinese Painting and Calligraphy

Another great YouTube. I have to say I did have a lot of fun selecting these before vacation. I was very disappointed that I had some posting issues and will continue sharing…even though I’m itching to do some other topics. I’m honoring the creativity inspired by China, in China and for China…anything Chinese, until the close of the Olympics. I will be referring to these posts in other topics so we must share them.

Again I have to say, wish I had time to get involved in creativity like this. The closest I may get is Donna Dewberry. What is the closest you get to other creative endeavors outside of writing?

Animated Poetry

This is a result of a YouTube poster visualizing a poem. On some days I wish I could create art like this but words are easier. On visualizing a poem I think I could do that. I know as an author of poems it is easy to visualize ones I write. I enjoy reading and visualizing the works of others as well.

One of my favorites is Eugene Field’s Poems of Childhood. Maybe because even if the references in his poems are dated it brings me back to childhood. My mom read the poems to me and I was so happy when she gave me her special edition copy. Another favorite is Edgar Allen Poe. It would be great fun to take one of his poems and create a work like the following.


All the birds have flown up and gone
A lonely cloud floats leisurely by.
We never tire of looking at each other
Only the mountain and I.

- Li Bai, Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty

Chinese Poetry

I searched for some Chinese poetry. I love the phrases used, different from our own. Sometimes it is hard to know if it was an ingenious placement of words or if it was coincidence from translation. Either way, in many instances the outcome is breathtaking or thought provoking. Sometimes it is something that you just wish you thought of first.

Like fortunes from fortune cookies I sometimes collect beautiful quotes. If I’m so lucky to write down the right words of a fleeting thought I collect them too. When I’m not lucky…lying in bed in the middle of the night without a pen or paper, I wake up and they are gone.

In tribute to all the thoughts that have floated away at night, here is to the mountain that we will leave behind.

A Rare Bird, A Rare Moment

While I was away I decided to share a week of inspirational items from China or wherever. Some technical difficulties ensued and I’m back but I’d still like to share.

I enjoy creativity from around the globe and was surprised at the items I could find to share China with you while the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games are being played.

From the opening ceremonies to the sports being played, there are sure to be many inspiring stories that people will tell. I wanted to take a quiet look at China, as if we are walking through a museum this week…or dreaming on some clouds.

Think about some of the places that have inspired you this week. Meanwhile, my love of birds shows here as we look at one person’s lucky find of a rare bird preening. I found this by accident and I think it has nothing to do with China but I can’t resist a bird preening. I find it relaxing. She took it through a telescope with a digital camera for fear if she got too close that the bird would fly away. To me it looks like watercolors behind the bird.


Abraham Maslow charted a hierarchy of needs, five levels mapping out our physiological needs (first four levels, Physiological, Safety, Love/Belonging and Esteem) and a top level of growth or psychological needs labeled Self-actualization. (I apologize for not being able to upload this diagram from Wikipedia, it has issues).

I’ll be honest I looked at the pyramid and I’m just not seeing it in his eyes completely but I think he does touch on something even if it is discounted by other professionals. Of course I’ll be honest again and say, I’m no psychologist and I didn’t read his paper, oh look here’s a pdf file here…A Theory of Human Motivation…looks like I have some more vacation reading.

As I look at the first four levels that I need to get to Self-actualization…the place where I’m all creative, I can’t see anything that should hold me back. While I need these things, what makes me more creative if I have them? I know many people who are creative because of a lack of them, although I don’t recommend this as a chosen path.

I can’t help but think that the top tier of Self-actualization, where our creativity is holed up, actually bleeds down through that pyramid into all the other areas. There is no reason not to reach creativity without all four levels being complete. It seems to me that Self-actualization is a part of every level.

I begin to wonder about this ladder Maslow conceptualized, is it a representation of what we use to hold ourselves back more than what we need to reach Self-actualization?