This probably won’t come as a startling revelation to you, but I’ve noticed a lot of writers are creative in other areas in addition to putting pen to paper. I know several who are also musicians, at least two that make jewelry both as a hobby and as a side business(see my friend Deb Christerson’s fantasy/nature pieces here http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7003693&page=1§ion_id=&order= ) one that makes puppets, and still others that draw/paint/sculpt and on it goes. Perhaps it’s the same with musicians and sculptors etc. Are we all Renaissance people to some degree? Myself, I draw, build and paint scale miniatures, and sing horribly at Karaoke and the shower.
I make jewelry, sew, quilt, crochet and I’m trying to learn to knit. When I had a house and not an apartment, I had big gardens and grew lots of flowers.
Since I spend the majority of my “free” time writing, the rest of my creative activities don’t get much attention. I’m a huge fan of making days 30 hours long.
What kind of jewelry do you make? I hadn’t thought about gardening, but now that you mention I know several writer friends that are into that as well.
I’ll second your idea to make the days longer. Time is the key.
Most of these have been sold, but the best pictures I have at the moment are here:
Very nice! I like the polished stone in your pieces and how it looks wet.
Hey there stranger
I don’t know if I can remember all the creative endeavours I’ve embarked upon… painting, sewing, quilting, knitting, making jewelry, gardening, making garden ornaments, does figure skating count? Oh, and don’t forget parenting… that’s a daily creative challenge!
Since I found my niche in writing, however, most of the other creative outlets have fallen by the wayside… except for the parenting of course. There’s no escaping that!
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I think figure skating counts, although that has a mix of creativity and athleticism, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Ah, parenting. I’ve yet to have the pleasure…it is a pleasure, right? I suppose one must be incredibly creative in order to survive children 🙂
I draw and sculpt. Here’s one of my pieces: http://kelly-gay.livejournal.com/8819.html Haven’t been able to do much art lately, though… Maybe once my ms. is turned in.
That’s a great looking horse’s head…wait a minute, have you ever watched the Godfather?
Hum. I draw, cook, make random little things out of beads (flags and such), and apparently have a strong skill in whistling.
Oh, does web design count? I’ve always thought there was a pretty strong artistic element to that.
I’m primarily an illustrator (in training) however, so everything else listed above, plus writing, is what I do when I’m not drawing 😉
I think web design definitely counts. I realized after I first posted this I had focused on the ‘traditional’ arts and crafts approach and hadn’t really thought about the more modern mediums like web design for example. I’m curious about your flags, are they static or are they meant to be flown?
Haha, they’re static for the most part (Well, I imagine a really large one could be flown, but it would take thousands upon thousands of beads, and perhaps tornado-matched winds).
They’re meant to be hung from rear-view mirrors in cars, attached as keychains, and so forth. My entire family makes them 🙂
I have a semi-serious art habit and a fondness for domestic-goddess sorts of arts, such as crocheted afghans and overly elaborate dinners. I do my best work in all genres while ignoring the laundry.
We have that in common then…not the crocheting, but the creativity while in avoidance mode 🙂 The overly elaborate dinners sound very nice. I suppose for me the closest I might come to something like that would be to order from two different delivery menus in one night 🙂
Having others depending on one for sustenance changes the dynamic. They may complain that I spend too much time writing, but they never complain that I spend too much time on dinner. “Oh, boy, cornbread! Thanks, Mom!”