Tuesday, 26 July 2016

What is Creativity?

© Melissa Gaggiano
    What is creativity? A lot of people presume creativity is limited to what they regard as the traditional arts. In much the same way some people have the terrible concept of a 'starving artist'. Well, I am here to tell you that creativity comes in mysterious ways. So mysterious in fact, that half the time you don't even realise you are being creative.

    Creativity is the act of creation, but it is so much more than that. It is the spark of an idea. It is that moment when your boss drops a problem on your lap, and you find a doable solution. It is finding a new path to work, while avoiding peak hour traffic slow spots. It is coming up with a new cake recipe when all you've got is plain flower, and one egg to work with, and you absolutely cannot drop in at the grocery shop.

    Creativity is how we respond to the world and what life throws our way.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Wilderness Explorer

© Pixar
    What to do on an inclement school holiday? Watch the film Up, eat scones, then… totally inspired by sweet little Russell, I get the kids designing their own Wilderness Explorer badges.

    Watching the credit roll at the end of Up I'm tickled pink when I notice a Wilderness Explorer badge with a slice of pizza on it. Does that mean Russell earned a badge for eating pizza?

    Below are the badge designs my kids came up with. Smile.


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Clara Doodle

© Melissa Gaggiano
    Early morning doodle: My youngest often asks me to draw things for her. It's been good for me - because I've learnt to draw quickly on the fly and not worry about being perfect.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Let's Make Books Today

© Melissa Gaggiano

    It is a wet wintery day. The conditions are perfect for staying in doors and craft books. Every crafty supply I could think of for the kids is on the table.

© Melissa Gaggiano

Monday, 4 July 2016

Gossip and Doodling

© Melissa Gaggiano
    I have begun watching season one of Gossip Girl and I am loving the show. Yes! Yes! I know the show came out ages ago. I'm kind of a late bloomer.
    I had a little play in Illustrator which resulted in this Gossip Girl inspired doodling.