: to make or produce (something) : to cause (something new) to exist
: to cause (a particular situation) to exist
: to produce (something new, such as a work of art) by using your talents and imagination



Create (v.): late 14c., from Latin creatus, past participle of creareto make, bring forth, produce, beget,” related to crescerearise, grow” (related to crescent).

Related WordCrescent (n.): 15c. from Middle English cresssant, from Anglo-French, from present participle of crestreto grow, increase,” from Latin crescere; akin to Old High German hirsimillet, “ Lithuanian serti “to feed,” from Greek koros “boy.”



“It’s a finger snapping kind of day.”

Coco J. Ginger (American poet and author, poetry and romance. She wrote the book, “The Way I Think of You.”)

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“The only freedom you truly have is in your mind, so use it.”

M.T. Dismuke (American thriller author in Vicenza, Italy.)

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“Haiku is not a shriek, a howl, a sigh, or a yawn; rather, it is the deep breath of life.”

Santoka Taneda (1882-1940, Japanese author and haiku poet, and is known for his free verse of haiku. He was also Zen Buddhist monk, who had more than his share of life’s tragedy before becoming ordained.)

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“Creating is living doubly. The groping, anxious quest of a Proust, his meticulous collecting of flowers, of wallpapers, and of anxieties, signifies nothing else.”

Albert Camus (1913-1960, French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher. His views contributed to the rise of philosophy known as absurdism.)

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“When I write, I disturb. When I show a film, I disturb. When I exhibit my painting, I disturb, and I disturb if I don't. I have a knack for disturbing.”

Jean Cocteau (1889-1963, French writer, designer, playwright, artist, and filmmaker. He was best known for his novel, “Les Enfants Terribles” (1929). His circles of associates, friends, and lovers included: Jean Marais, Pablo Picasso, Yul Brynner, Marlene Dietrich, Coco Chanel, Igor Stravinsky, Edith Piaf, Colette, etc.)

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“For some young artists, it can take a bit of time to discover which tools (which medium, or genre, or career pathway) will truly suit them best. For me, although many different art forms attract me, the tools that I find most natural and comfortable are language and oil paint; I've also learned that as someone with a limited number of spoons it's best to keep my toolbox clean and simple. My husband, by contrast, thrives with a toolbox absolutely crowded to bursting, working with language, voice, musical instruments, puppets, masks animated on a theater stage, computer and video imagery, and half a dozen other things besides, no one of these tools more important than the others, and all somehow working together. For other artists, the tools at hand might be needles and thread; or a jeweler's torch; or a rack of cooking spices; or the time to shape a young child's day....

“To me, it's all art, inside the studio and out. At least it is if we approach our lives that way.”

Terri Windling (born 1958, age 56, American editor, artist, essayist, and author of books for both children and adults.)

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I’ve been interested in art since I was a child.  I consider it part of my DNA.

My mother was very creative, not only in her interests in music and science, but in designing and sewing clothes.  One night, she stayed up all night to whip up a special outfit for my school trip, which made me feel so special.

My father was an exceptional artist as well. I still remember those charcoal self-portraits he drew in college.

I became serious about art in high school where I took advance classes.

But, I really fell deeply in love with art when I visited the home and art studio of Pat, a local professional artist and teacher.  Just by fearlessly being and expressing herself, professionally and personally, she woke me up from a deep slumber.

Back then, I worked part-time in retail so I could take private art lessons at her studios with other advanced students.

One night, I worked side-by-side with a high school guidance counselor, who was working from the same still life.  Because I was so focused on the charcoal drawing I fell seamlessly out of ordinary reality and into a metaphysical state, what we now call quantum time.

It felt as if an eternal minute passed before the guidance counselor suddenly stopped drawing and told me to look at my picture.  To my shock, I had finished it and it was quite beautiful.  It was one of most incredible mystical experiences I have had.

Because I was so committed to my craft, Pat encouraged me to apply to art colleges.  She told me I could do it and support myself financially. I was in awe that she believed in me.  She also recommended that I draw every chance I had and called a former prima ballerina she knew who instructed students, locally.  It was so exciting to sit and draw dancers while they danced.

Although, I was not accepted into an art school I decided to go a liberal arts college instead and major in business administration.  But, before I left for college my favorite English teacher gave me and other students a creative IQ test.  My English teacher was blown away by my scores and was advised to use my creative abilities no matter what I profession I chose.  I wasn’t sure how I would do that.

But, years later after graduating from college I watched a documentary on PBS about Howard Gardner, a Harvard Professor, who believed that we are all creative.  His theory was that our intelligences can divided into eight categories: music – rhythmic, visual – spatial, verbal – linguistic, logical – mathematical, bodily – kinesthetic (dance), interpersonal (compassion), intrapersonal (spiritual), and naturalistic.

Interesting, huh?

When we look at it from that point of view it makes sense. It’s really about how and what platforms we create from.

I use my creative abilities every chance I get,  personally and professional, when I write, speak, listen to music, read, decorate my home, or tell stories.  It is still such a joy to do.

I hope you are able to explore and discover the different facets of your creative and magnificent lives!

Peace and Love Always, Tonya




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