A New Design and a Return to this Blog

Sorry we’ve been absent for a while. Life’s been a little busy. And the truth is we post Monday through Friday at The Write Side of My Brain.

Still, if we’re going to keep the news going about our little production company, we need to talk about…production. So, work with us here.

New designs are available this week at our CafePress shop.  Click the picture to visit the shop:

More news is happening on the production front.  Two meetings in the next week to talk about A Doublewide, Texas Christmas at CAT Theatre, and You Can’t Take It With You at Williamsburg Players. The 2018-2019 theater dance card is filling up.

 

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Let’s Create

Create. Inspire. Invent.

Deep within all of us is a desire to create things, to make things happen, to do things.

Here are ten of our favorite quotes about creating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s get creating.

 

Cover Photo by Alice Achterhof on Unsplash

Let’s Get Creative

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Here at Historic Occasions we don’t believe there’s such a thing as a non-creative person. It’s just a matter of what you create.

We’ll talk here about creating special events or special occasions, or even (don’t tell the bosses) boring conferences and meetings.

Look, there’s such a thing as natural talent. Most of the time it’s just figuring out what that talent is. But talent, and creativity have to be developed and nurtured.

Here are a few ways to do that.

1) Pick up a pen and doodle. Never mind that you think you can’t draw. Just see where the pen takes you.

2) Take a class. Knitting. Painting. Writing. Woodworking…heck…accounting. Just do something to get those brain powers working.

3) Check out your enviroment. Here at Historic Occasions our home office is filled with books and mementos from projects and accomplishments over our years in the business. But the wall also has pictures of family, and beaches. Find, or make a place that makes you comfortable and allows you to sometimes just sit and think.

4) Go for a walk, or a run, or a swim. Sometimes it’s just a matter of getting off your backside and getting the blood pumping again. The ideas will come.

5) Carry a book of ideas for sketches, or notes, or favorite quotes or even things that piss you off. Use that energy.

6) Read. There’s a world of knowledge and creativity out there. If you’re a writer, you need to read. Heck, everyone needs to read. Pick up a book and be inspired.

7) Put down the phone, or the iPad, or the mouse. They’re great tools when we need them. But we don’t always need them. It’s okay, you can do it.

Got some ideas about how you channel your inner creativity? Share them in the comments.

Adapted from: 9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes

Chihuly at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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We finally made it to see the Chihuly exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. I’m glad we did.

Dale Chihuly has been working in glass since 1965. His work is now included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide.

Word really aren’t sufficient to describe the experience. The exhibit closes on Sunday, February 10.

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I don’t know if something can be too colorful. Color is one of the great properties of glass and is more intense in glass than any other material.

Dale Chihuly

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The way I paint or draw, I don’t think about it very much. If I’m thinking about it, that kind of means that I don’t know what to do. If I start thinking, “I want to draw, how what can I draw?” and I’m not inspired – because that can happen very easily – then they start to get mundane. On the other hand, if I start making drawings that I know how to do already and if I can go fast enough, they start to get really good.

Dale Chihuly

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