As part of my ongoing quest to explore what it means to live a creative life, I periodically invite kickass creatives to come play with us on Zebra Sounds. First, I ask them five questions about creativity, and then a question for you…
… and that’s when the real fun (and wild generosity) begins.
Pockets of creativity, snippets on the ground… and another GREAT giveaway
In July, 2011, when Connie Hozvicka’s painting graced the cover of Wild Sister Magazine’s first issue, I fell in love instantly and went searching for the artist. I was delighted to find her blogging away about art and life and love at Dirty Footprints Studio. What makes her blog and her art so good is her willingness to put her whole self – mind, body, heart and soul – into each piece.
Through her FEARLESS Painting workshops, retreats, teacher training program, and blog, Connie inspires women all over the world to ruthlessly trust their innate wisdom. She lives a couple of inches under the sun in Arizona with her beloved husband Hansel and son Phoenix.
j: Life is demanding. What are your tricks for getting into a creative space?
Connie: I basically try to go with the flow and don’t limit my creativity to just one thing. Ideally I would love to paint everyday, but that doesn’t always happen. I do find ways to have fun with my creativity – even if it’s simply taking photos on my phone, writing a quick paragraph or two in my journal, or working on mandalas for a few minutes before I go to bed. A little dose of creativity, especially in my life now as a new Mom, makes a world of difference
j: What’s the weirdest thing that inspires you?
Connie: The ground. I have a thing for taking photos of little snippets of the ground that look like “paintings” to me. So you’ll catch me both walking with my eyes down a lot, and stopping to take photos of leaves or stones or even garbage. I’ve only uploaded a few of these photos HERE, but it’s probably the strangest thing, I guess, that inspires me!
j: How do you deal with critics?
Connie: I send them love and light and then let them go. Sure, it’s not always that easy. But I’ve found that there is more healing for myself (and maybe them too) in sending love and light to the critics than there is in obsessing over their comments or getting angry about their negative energy.
j: What energizes you, solitude or engagement?
Connie: A harmony of both. If I have too much solitude I begin to crave being with others and vice versa.
j: A wheelbarrow, 600 Tiger Lilies, a bag of antique jewelry and a string of brightly colored lights: What will you make?
Connie: I would make an elementary school a little prettier to look at and give the students an opportunity to know the joy of gardening and making art! How? Well, first I would sell that bag of antique jewelry to get some money for art supplies. Second, we would use the wheelbarrow to move dirt around as the kiddos plant those 600 Tiger Lilies outside their school. Then, with the art supplies we purchased from selling the jewelry, I would guide the kids into creating paintings of Tiger Lilies that we would hang on the halls inside. And those lights? Well, we would hang them around the school for decoration when we have our art opening for their Tiger Lily paintings! Yep! That’s what I would make…a great experience for a group of kiddos!
Now the fun part: j’s question for you…
What is the weirdest (or, if you don’t like “weird,” most unusual or surprising or funniest) thing that inspires YOU?
Answer in the comments section by August 1, and we’ll pick one of your answers at random to win a free registration to Connie’s latest offering 21 SECRETS, an online, self guided, Art Journaling workshop – 21 classes taught by a family of diverse, professional Artists. It’s for “art journaling virgins and veterans” alike! You can read more about it here.
I can’t wait to hear what wonderful weirdness inspires you!
*************** UPDATE ***************
I put all your names into The Boy’s top hat and he chose Star as the winner, which made me go back and read her comment and think, “Yay!” (True, I might have done that no matter who won, but that’s only because you were all so generous and vibrant in your answers. Thank you you so much all of you for making this post one of my favorites, and congratulations to Star!
*************** UPDATE ***************