• Grace Mendez Nature as Inspiration

    Nature as Inspiration

    How can you use nature as inspiration, especially when you are not painting or drawing a nature scene? Let’s look at trees as an example. I love looking at trees. I live in an urban setting and a lot of the trees in my neighborhood are set in a landscape. These trees are not growing in a natural grove. They grow between the streets and the sidewalks. Trees adorn common spaces in condo and apartment complexes and grow in the city parks. Arborists chop and trim their tops to fit under the power lines when their limbs stretch to the sky. I’m grateful they grow here because they are a…

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    A Change of Scenery to Boost Creativity

    A change of scenery always helps me boost my creativity. It’s no lie that during the week I spend a lot of time inside. I create art, send out a weekly newsletter, sew, read, watch movies on a Roku player (we opted out of cable TV), cook, clean, write blog posts and take long baths. I live an urban area and the post office, the grocery store, Urban Ore, banks, restaurants, cafes, a fabric store, drug stores, a hardware store, public parks and my dentist are all only a few minutes walk from my home. Within a few miles from my home I can drive, bus or bike to Blick…