Friday = Art

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From my sketchbook playdate with myself this week. I am so going to miss Taurus. I’ve always had a resistance to Taurean energy, so this year I really made an effort to heal that internal relationship. Now I am totally in love with it! I’ll tell you a secret, too. My favorite way of connecting with this nurturing feminine earth energy is by lying flat on my stomach and pressing my forehead into the ground. I can just feel all my Continue reading

Friday = ART

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I just finished up this guy: Thoth, the ancient Egyptian God of Writing, Wisdom, Magic, and the Moon. I was first introduced to him back in the 90s when I was in Egypt. My favorite form of his is the baboon, though I may try drawing him as the Ibis-headed man next. Feel free to share this image on your social media. Spread some Thoth love. Feel into some Thoth energy today. If a nugget of inspiration comes your way, be sure to write it down. If you can’t find the words, then doodle it out. Think of it as a gift from Thoth.

Your Creativity Coach,

Bonnie


Bonnie Kelso is a Creativity Coach who uses Creating as a healing modality. She is the author of Vitalize Your Creative Life, a workbook for engaging with your inner creative child. She also facilitates creativity workshops and classes locally in Las Vegas, NV. She is the creator of the ABCs of Conscious Creating, a guided self-study program that delves deeper into the spiritual realm of your unique creative potential. Are you ready to start right now? Do you have 5 Minutes?

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Creating Your Coloring Book

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I’m not going to lie to you. I have a natural repulsion to Adult Coloring Books. This is precisely why I chose to create one. I wanted to truly come to terms with why I didn’t like them by creating one that I could love.

Top 3 reasons I don’t like Adult Coloring Books:

  1. They do not engage your creative mind.
  2. They do not encourage you to think outside the box (or even color outside the lines).
  3. They waste your precious creating time.

This is what I see when I watch people coloring: They are focused on staying in the lines. They suffer over the decisions of which space should be colored which color. They are obsessed with Continue reading

Creating Consequences: The Good Kind!

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Consequence: A result or effect of an action or condition.

This morning I went for a run. I like to run. I don’t run far or fast, but I enjoy getting sweaty and the feel of my feet pounding the ground. I even enjoy the aches in my knees that tend to let up after a minute or so. But the best part of running, is what happens to my brain. It’s what neuroscientists call “transient hypofrontality.” Really, if you want to know the truth, it’s what I live for. It is what happens when we are experiencing our creative potential. It’s also what happens when people who don’t usually allow themselves to paint or draw give it a try.

I’m no neuroscientist, but basically here’s how it works: So when I run, my body starts doing stuff that it doesn’t do all the time. It has to work at it, because I’m really no star athlete. My age and condition require that my normally busy brain devote some effort to this activity so that I don’t fall off the sidewalk and into oncoming traffic. Yeah, that would be bad. Because my brain is just like yours and the most awesome organ, it automatically knows how to Continue reading

What Inspires You?

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What inspires you? What is it that gets you all excited about starting a new project or creating something in your life? Can you narrow it down to a few words? Inspiration comes from so many sources. It is all around you! If you could just open your eyes and see it, you would know that inspiration is everywhere and in every thing.

Some of you may know that I’ve been holding Creating Workshops at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission this past year. Working with the clients in addiction recovery there has been one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences of my life and I just wanted to tell you a little more about it.

Every day, the Las Vegas Rescue Mission feeds 1,000 people who are either homeless or in need. People begin to line up at the doors of the cafeteria hours before they open. Everyone who comes is fed, some only stay for a meal, but others stay to rebuild their shattered lives. There are almost 200 people Continue reading

Turn off the Box and Switch on the Creating

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I know, I’m guilty. I know what it means to binge a Netflix series. Just because I don’t have a TV, doesn’t mean I don’t watch TV. Confession over. Truth is… I have been working very hard on my book, Vitalize Your Creative Life. As of late, I am spending every free moment I have visualizing, illustrating, writing, and rewriting this creation of mine. It is becoming a real thing and it seems to have taken on a life of its own. I was just reminded as I looked at the license plate of my car this morning, what I have not been doing. I have not been watching TV. For ten years I have been looking at the license plate on my car. It starts with a few numbers, not even sure what they are, and then there are three letters. (This is not a vanity plate). The letters are T V Y. This is what I am thinking of right now. TV. Why? People always think they don’t have time to create. If you are watching TV, you have time to create.

My challenge to you is, just for one day, Continue reading

Create Your Smile Ball!

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Everyone is familiar with the smiley face icon, right? I mean it is totally ingrained in our human culture. Did you ever consider where this little yellow round humanoid face got its start in the world? I didn’t until recently. In fact, I used to find them a bit annoying and at the same time strangely irresistible. Especially, when typing posts on Facebook… 😉  Well, kids, it all started a long time ago (1963) in a far, far away land (Worcester, Mass)… allow me to introduce you all to the Great Great Grandpa of every emoticon you ever laid eyes on:

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Every creation has its creator. From now and forever forward, for me anyway, the smiley face will be referenced as the “Smile Ball” with much honor and respect for its creator, Mr. Harvey Ball.

Harvey_BallHarvey Ball, was born July 10, 1921 in Worcester, Mass, and started his career as a commercial artist when he was still in High School. Continue reading