Welcome to Week Three of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood
by Lucy H. Pearce.
Today’s topic is Creative Inheritance. Do read to the end of this post for a full list of carnival participants.
Join the Carnival and be in with a chance to win a free e-copy of The Rainbow Way! Next week is our final week!
December 11th: The Creative Process.
I’ve always known that I had a creative soul. Since I can remember I’ve always been drawn to unnatural things that I could see beauty in, but no one else could—or wouldn’t try to see it at least. I’ve taken art classes since I was in middle school through high school, and photography and writing, I’ve always been passionate about. These things, they fuel my creativity, and once I get started it spreads like fire.
Honestly, if I could have it my way, I’d spend all the time I had outside, trying to embrace nature all around me, finding pieces of life and joy in the small gifts that Mother Nature sends us—the changing of leaves during the change of seasons, butterflies, flowers, trees, etc. So much of it we take for granted, but for me, it inspires me. Creativity inspires me to express life! I want to share with everyone how much life you can feel just by understanding the creative side of yourself and expressing it!
I’ve never been one to get straight A’s in school. Math and Science well, you can kiss my butt. English, History, and Art, why hello! I use that part of your brain that they say thinks more creatively—I don’t remember if it’s the left or right side, not a smarty pants remember? Point is, I’ve got this huge part of my brain that I basically use just to be creative; not such a bad deal.
Took me until I was maybe 16 to learn a few interesting things about my family but when I finally did, oh man was I interested! My grandmother on my father’s side was the first cousin to Etta James—yes the singer—and she was also an amazing singer herself. I loved her so very much, and she was my favorite grandparent—if anyone’s allowed to have such a thing. I found out that my grandfather on my father’s side as well, was also very much into photography—guess I know where that comes from now. He had so many cameras, and there’s so many pictures that I’ve seen from those days that were taken by my dad with those same cameras and it intrigues me to know that all these things that my creative soul craves, it comes from my bloodline. It’s something I was born to yearn for, and it inspires and enlightens me.
I love that there’s some part of my family that shared the same passion that I have for creativity, they had as well. I’m not sure of the other parts of my family, because we’re so big. There could be so many other missing pieces to our creative puzzle, but what I know now, it only astounds and astonishes me. Being a mother now, I do my best to instill creativity into my daughter. We walk outside and admire the trees. When night falls, we search for the moon in the clouds and sometimes she finds her faster than I can myself. We sketch/color together. We dance—and not that choreographed mess—I’m talking move your body all over the place, hands in the air, spinning around until you fall down, kind of dance. It’s liberating, and freeing. I’d never want to push or force her into wanting to embrace her creativity, but I can nurture it while she’s still young and hope that she comes to appreciate the beauty of it all, and be grateful for it in the end.
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- a vibrant greetings card and book-mark of one of the author’s paintings.
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- Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud celebrates her creative fairy godmothers, and gives thanks for the creative blessings that each has gifted her.
‘From Trash To Treasure: Christmas Decoration’ Laura from Authentic Parenting shares fond memories crafting with her mom and a little
project her mom did recently.
- Lucy Pierce from Soulskin Musings celebrates the rich creative inheritance of her mother’s poetic soul and artful ways.
Is thinking differently a curse or a gift? Zoie at TouchstoneZ susses out whether her family legacy might hinder or encourage creativity.
- Dawn Collins at TheBarefootHome Dawn thinks we’re all born with a creative inheritance from the mother we all share…Mother Nature.
- Licia Berry at Illumined Arts looks at the creative inheritance passed on by our ancestral lineage, discovered through sexuality and the Sacred Feminine within in “Sexuality and the Sacred Feminine”
- Alex at The Art of Birth explores the nature of creativity.
- Handcrafts are prayers, that’s what Corina from PatchScrap learned from grandmother.
- Jennifer at Let Your Soul Shine retraces her creative inheritance from her childhood and all the way back to the 19th Century.
- Kirstin at Listening to the Squeak says “I have always known my creative inheritance and it is so very important for my children to know theirs.”
- Becky at Raising Loveliness reflects on her experiences of creativity.
- Creative Inheritance is a Beautiful Thing, says Aimee at Creativeflutters and discusses where her creativity comes from and what influences in her family have helped her on her artistic journey.
- Georgie at Visual Toast shares her creative inheritance.
- Esther at Nurture Workshop expresses the gift of a creative mind and the doors that are waiting to be opened for those who are willing to explore.
- Whitney Freya at Creatively Fit is inspired by the sacred spark within each of us, a spark that transcends time and is infinitely creative.
- Denise at It Begins with a Verse looks back at her family’s creative inheritance.
- Womansart shares her reflections on creative inheritance.
- Lys at Stars and Spirals looks at the creative inheritance as described by the astrological chart, drawing on her personal journey into motherhood and reawakened creativity.
- Biromums wrote poems about their creative inheritance.
- Kae at The Wilde Womb reflects on the various artists within her family and how it has shaped her identity and what impression she wishes to leave her own children.
- Marit’s Paper World shares her creative inheritance.
- Lucy at Capture by Lucy reflects on her experiences of creativity.
- Knitting blankets and the inner landscape–my mother’s life’s work, writes Nicki from Just Like Play.
- Something Sacred – Sadhbh at Where Wishes Come From writes about how the creativity of the women in her family has influenced her.
- Mamma Bloom at Breathe and Bloom writes about her creative inheritance.
- Mama is Inspired shares how she loved to make holiday ornaments as a child, and now is continuing that tradition with her own child.
- Ali Baker is a creative mama to twin girls who reignited her creative energy and sense of who she used to be by just doing it and creating whatever needs to be created in an imperfect way.
- KatyStuff hopes inheritance is a long way off, but, when the day comes her woodworker father has already said he is comforted by knowing his work is in so many homes.
- Jasmine at Brown Eyed Girl realizes that the creativity she craves for so deeply may actually be something that runs deeper than just her imagination.
- Darcel at The Mahogany Way shares her creative journey.
- Rising on the Road shares her experiences at Finding Life in a Death.