Creativity + Inspiration

The internet is a very big place. So, how do people find you? How do you find other creative types? Here on WordPress they make it very easy, via the mechanism of their Reader — you can search by tags to find those subject-blogs that could get your creative juices flowing. That is how I’ve found most of the WP blogs I follow.

Normally not a person to accept blog Awards, as it’s enough reward for me to simply post my blogposts and have others view them. The Liebster Award is a wonderful way to get to know some less well-known WordPress bloggers whose work you’d like to encourage others to see.

Canadian watercolourist and lover of all-things Italian, Marion from Art We Wonderful, thought others should see my work and, therefore, has nominated me for the Liebster Award. I’ve decided to accept (thank you, Marion), yet I’m not sure I’ll be able to answer all her questions. Some things one no longer really thinks about! lol.

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What’s the Liebster Award? The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers, as a way of recognizing their work, getting to know them, and helping spread the word about blogs with smaller followings that we love. With the nomination comes a short Q&A and the invitation to pay it forward.

Here’s how it works…the Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge to your post.
  • Nominate up to 10 new bloggers.
  • Answer the 10 questions the person who nominated you asked you.
  • Create 10 new questions to ask the bloggers you nominated.
  • Copy and paste the rules to your post.
  • Notify the bloggers you have nominated by leaving them a comment on their blog.

My nominees are separated into photographers and other artists. To make it more enticing for you, I was going to provide an image you could click onto to visit their site, but getting copyright permission just seemed too cumbersome a task! So, just hyperlinks! You’ll have to do your own exploring… *wink

Photographers:

Photography in Oman, David Lockwood

Photography by Chris, Chris Blaubac

View from a French Hillside, Jane Morley

Other Artists:

Still life is still alive, Stonka

D is for Doodle, Danka Czarnecka

Tofan Gheorghe

Jade Sutton

Art on the Water, Tori

My Creative Resolution, Eileen McKenna

Too Much White Paper, Josh

Louise Paper Art (origami), Louise Cassidy

Here are my answers to Marion’s questions:

  1. What brought you to the creative work you do? Well, my About page has lots of nerdy background information re photography and the reason for this blog of mine. But, why I do it, is simply to do something ‘creative’ meaning I am creating something, as well as it being a form of self-expression and exploration of image editing softwares. I’m fascinated by the results one can achieve with an image, purely through algorithms! Where my work is concerned I’d say those software designers are the true creatives.
  2. What are any rituals you have before you start your work? As I do my work whilst I am in bed at night, just make sure I’m warm and comfy.
  3. What skill do you wish you could learn – any skill, not necessarily something related to what you do now? How to make people like me! lol.
  4. What’s your most creative time of day? Well, I think the answer to question 2 covers it!
  5. What music, if any, inspires your creativity? My tastes are quite eclectic, but generally something that is soothing or that I can hum along to as I work on my PC, eg Barbra Streisand’s new Partners album, or Debussy or Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony or Linda Ronstadt’s Winter Light album, and so on. All depends on what I feel I need inspirationally at that moment.
  6. Who did you admire most growing up and why? Interestingly, I don’t recall such people. It was not something I focused on. However, now that I think about it, I’d say my Geography teacher..their gentle and encouraging ways enthused a further love of the topic and helped to make it my best subject during secondary school. I wanted to do my best.
  7. What’s your ideal workspace? I have it now; being at home, using my laptop, with Jack my teddy bear as constant companion, and music playing in the background, with light and sun and dappled shadowplay coming through my lounge room window wall, when it is sunny. That always inspires me!
  8. What’s your guiltiest guilty pleasure? Oh, I can’t tell you that; this is a family-friendly blog, Marion! lol
  9. What period in history do you wish you could visit in a time machine? Ancient Egypt during the time Nefertiti was in charge. I would’ve been a pyramid architect or designer of cities. … Actually, I’ve had a re-think! As a see-er of possibilities (that’s my greatest gift, in my view), I’d like to explore the unknown, somewhere in the future, whether by spaceship or even in my mind, creating, for others to benefit. What the outcome would be, that’s not easy to define. Limitless.
  10. What would you tell others who think they aren’t creative? Creativity shows itself in many forms, not necessarily painting or photography or even other artisanal crafts. It’s how you think (broad- and open-minded, anything’s possible). What you do with an idea is most important. In my experience, most people will try and discourage you, especially being a woman. Don’t listen to them. Do your own thing (as long as it doesn’t harm anyone) and tell others after you’ve achieved your goal — the look of disbelief and/or shock on their faces will be the greatest reward!

I think Marion has prepared a good set of questions, so please, my Liebster Award nominees, please use those! 🙂

Also, have a look at my Posts I Like footer widget for many other interesting sites here on WordPress whom I follow. Oh, and please, no more awards! 🙂

Author: jmnowak

Long-time photo enthusiast, my 'style' could be defined as colourful and eclectic, 'tho I do like to experiment.

14 thoughts on “Creativity + Inspiration”

  1. Huge congratulations! Fun answers, too. I like to think that everyone has some creativity in them somewhere, though I do admire photographers, painters and people in general who can create with their hands.

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  2. Congratulations on your award. Thank you so much for nominating me as well. Im not at home now because my family travels throughout the summer. Im having to do everything by phone and I have a small data plan. I really appreciate your nomination but I will have to decline at this time. I hope you will continue to visit my blog. I enjoy chatting with you. Thanks again.

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    1. Ooohh, I answered one of your previous comments, so please ignore that one. I’m sorry but I understand; at least, others can visit you from my post. Of course I’ll continue to visit! 🙂

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  3. Congratulations on receiving the award and thank you so much for the nomination. Sorry not to reply sooner, I’ve been away cruising:) I look forward to sharing more about my creative life soon…

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