Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Creative Spirit

Perhaps it's the season, but there is a lot of giving going on here lately. Earlier this week, Alan of Robert's Roost and Lessons for a New World, was kind enough to include my blog as a recipient of the Arte y Pico Award. I have learned a great deal from Alan about the importance of communication. I have greatly enjoyed my dialogues with him, spurred by our various blog entries. It touches me deeply that he included me in his list of award recipients.

I am always curious about the origins of things, so I went searching for the origins of the Arte y Pico Award . I found a blog with that name, written primarily in Spanish. Hablo espanol un poquito, pero no se muchas palabras. (I speak a little Spanish, but I have a limited vocabulary.)

From my halting translation, the site appears to have devised the award to recognize artistic creativity in textile based arts such as fabric dolls, quilting, and knitted and crocheted items. From tracing the award around the Internet, it appears to have been expanded to cover an all around recognition of creativity.

Today has not been my best day and Alan's thoughtfulness has given me a bit of brightness in an otherwise dark day. I think that this type of inter-community recognition means a lot more than I have previously realized. I hope that my own choices bring a smile to the lips of the recipients.


1. Choose 5 blogs you consider deserving of this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and contribution to the blogging community, regardless of the language.
2. Each award should have the name of the author and a link to his/her blog to be visited by everyone.
3. Each award winner should show the award and put the name and link to the blog that presented him/her with the award.
4. The award winner and the one who has given the award should show the Arte y Pico blog so everyone will know the origin of this award. Translated, it means "the peak of art." (Actually, that's a pretty loose translation but close enough.)
5. Show these rules.

There are many good bloggers out there, so to narrow my choices, I decided to only select blogs where the author demonstrates creativity in the visual arts. They are painters, photographers, collage makers, art teachers...

(1) A New Bridge by Bea
(2) Gina's Space by Gina
(3) Judith Heartsong by Judith Heartsong
(5) The Painting Activist by Ashley Cecil

I include a sixth site that isn't a blog. This means that you (Marc) are excused from having to follow the rules. It's included because of its creative content.

(6) Arcistry by Marc Olmsted


gina said...

congrats to you, for you definitely have a creative spirit...and i'm really glad it came on a day that you needed a lil 'picker upper'. i am honored that you have chosen me for this award and i thank you. you know how i enjoy photography, but do you know that i do not see myself as a creative person??? sometimes after much struggle, something creative comes from me, and it always surprises me...but also makes me feel that somewhere long ago, that part of me must have been squelched. it is an honor and humbling that people enjoy my photography. thanks again! :)

Marc said...

Thank you and thank you for knowing how resistant I am tagging others. Not because I don't think they deserve it but because I hate the paperwork. All that linking gives me a headache
Are you upset about your phone call to Mr. Formerly Unrequited? Just remember that that shortens to FUNQU.

Judith HeartSong said...

Thank you Sheria... a big hug your way.

Bea said...

Oh thank you, Sheria... I was just checking some of the journals I follow before I run off to church, and look what I've found... I do love the Art y Pico award... thanks for selecting me. I will come back later today to do my part. I also love your new sidebar additions. glad you included the Johnny Clegg Asimbonanga song. and Heart's Alone! Have a great Sunday.

Indigo said...

Congratulations Sheria! Well deserved! I already read a couple of these, I'll have to check out the ones I don't. (Hugs)Indigo

Jan said...

Sheria what an inspirational award ,Me I love to knit sew quilt crochet,in fact I just love creating ,if its only havoc lol .love Jan xx

Beth said...

Congrats on the award, Sheria, and I hope you're having a better day today!

Alan said...

Great picks!! I don't usually follow through with these award things, but this one caught me, and I'm glad I passed it on. I've been introduced to some truly creative bloggers I never would have found. Thanks.

P.S. love the Johnny Clegg too.