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07/28/14
A Day in the Life
Filed under: General, Mixed Media, Creativity, Inspiration, Art Journal, Family and Friends, Creative Every Day, Quotes
Posted by: Mary @ 7:44 pm

Is there a typical day in the life? Probably not. I start the day with coffee and my smart phone. I end the day with art books, poetry, YouTube mixed media videos on Netflix or traditional written journaling. I have a great job in marketing and I enjoy going there every day and seeing what challenges await me. Sometimes there are after work get togethers like kickball or a visit to a local restaurant. When I am not at work I enjoy art journaling and splashing paint around while trying to avoid spattering paint or gel medium on the dining room chairs. My décor is eclectic and my art materials have a prominent place in the house – basically all over the place! My kids are my best friends and we have fun together. I like to shop, I like to cook, and I like to hang out with friends. I am always busy doing something!


Mary MacIlvain

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07/19/14
Cre8ive Klatch Instructor Group
Filed under: General, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 8:23 am

A few weeks ago I joined Cre8ive Klatch Instructors Group, a new creative group currently at about 28 people that has pulled together creatives from throughout the United States plus the UK and Australia.We all met three years ago in Flying Lessons, an online course with Kelly Rae Roberts about starting and growing your own creative business. We are in the process of building a group website that will have links back to all of our blogs and we will offer creative content and instruction. It is very exciting to be a part of this and the launch is planned for November 1st. I have added a category on my sidebar to include the Cre8ive Klatch members that I have blog links for at this point and I will add more as the list populates. We have our own Facebook Group for discussions and we are using technology like Google Hangouts Video Chats for meetings and Google Drive to share documents.

Last weekend I created a PDF tutorial which can be found here and on my sidebar. I also created another PDF tutorial which will be released at the November 1st Cre8ive Klatch launch and I will be creating a YouTube video to go with that. Here’s a sneak peak on what that will cover.

What is significant about all of this? Several things.

Although at times I have a push pull feeling about my involvement in online creative groups, there is a definite sense of community in there. I have experienced tremendous growth in and support for my creativity here and I have been exposed to so many different ideas and ways of thinking and approaching things. People share so freely. I have learned that creativity spans across international borders and language differences and that we are all one on this earth. If someone needs help with something, someone else will jump in. There is something magical about posting something in a group and getting a response from across the country or globe a minute later. More important, I consider the people I have met in my creative groups to be my friends, even though I have only met a few of them in person at an art conference.

Another thing that is important is that through the serendipity of being invited into the Cre8ive Klatch group, I am becoming more confident in expressing my own voice. Here I have an opportunity to teach mixed media instead of taking classes from others. I have always felt confident about my sewing/quilting abilities because I started sewing when I was 11 years old. But I have always been somewhat reticent and lacking in confidence about my painting/ drawing/ art abilities as I did not come into that until I started taking classes as an adult, first at a local art center, then at a community college (I earned an AA in fine Art/Graphic Design after obtaining a BA in Mathematics, odd combo but it was fun), and finally over the past three years in online courses where I have developed my own inner voice and self expression.

Maybe the most important thing about all of this is being open to new opportunities and saying yes if it is a good thing. Being aware of what is healthy for you, mentally, spiritually, and physically, and letting go of that which is not, lets you flow and be one with the universe.

Namaste,


Mary MacIlvain

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07/04/14
The Art Opening
Filed under: General, Mixed Media, Painting, Creativity, Inspiration, Art Journal, Design, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 6:00 pm

Last Friday I went to an art opening at the Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook. It was one of those spur of the moment things - I saw an email notice about it while I was having my morning cup of coffee and it sounded interesting so I went after work. It was awesome and I was blown away. The work just spoke to me and inspired me on my art journey. This is the art journal page I created and poetry I wrote to express my feelings that night.

The Art Opening
Capturing the feelings from Friday night
just being inside the art gallery
the lithographs of trees on rice paper
stretched gossamer-like from ceiling to floor
swaying gently as i went walking through
looking up with wonder and amazement
i felt myself come alive with feeling
in the presence of art that spoke to me
whispering my name softly in a dream
i heard you calling me to come closer
and felt peace as you gently touched my soul
knowing that you bring much joy to my heart.


Mary MacIlvain

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