Desi @ thevalentine4.com has included my blog in her list of top picks for creativity/versatility. She has also spawned a new award for blogs The Kathryn Ingrid Creativity Award in honour of one of the literary blogs Desi follows. How did we find each other? Well, it was a friend-of-a-friend sort of thing. I think I read her blog after reading a comment on another blog, plus she lives in the city I was born in (and miss!). What a better way to feel connected to my native land?
The award is given to favorite blogs you find creative, at least this is my interpretation of it…
What I would like to suggest to each of you in response to this is that instead of doing the usual, you make a post one day soon that tells us what fed your drive to express yourself in a blog and your personal flexibility and versatility. Was it in your training to try to diversify and strengthen and deepen your skills and interests, were you born curious, or was it serendipitous? Is your family or educational background particularly creative, or were you the unique artistic one in the bunch? I’m interested in our sharing what shapes us as creative beings, and I think this VBA recognition is an appropriate time to take a breath and consider it. (from Kathryn Ingrid)
And Desi, as creator of the Creativity Award, challenges us to…
Please write us a post describing your creativity because I am genuinely interested in knowing how art grows in you and how you express it. Do you cook? Is it photography? Or teaching? Do we share
compulsions, addictions, the occasional late-night need for a fixto get it all out in writing?
I bestow this award to the following blogs (in no peticular order):
- The Kitchens Garden http://thekitchensgarden.wordpress.com/
- Creatively Cooking Gluten Free http://creativecookinggf.wordpress.com/
- The Edmonton Tourist http://ragrobyn.wordpress.com
- Not A Crazy Cat Lady http://notacrazycatlady.com/
- The Eccentric Owl http://eccentricowl.wordpress.com/
The midnitechef Process
Both sides of my family were hard-working folk; farmers, carpenters, bakers. I grew up in rural Alberta, a few miles outside a small town and an hours drive to the nearest shopping mall. I spent my youth playing with my little brother, cousins, pets and cows. In my alone time, there was drawing, sewing, baking cookies and music. I used to love music and danced in the mirror. Art lived on until sometime in college, when it started costing me more money than I could afford to spend. I never followed that path and took a left turn into engineering. My parents were the odd ducks shall we say, more so my father. While everyone else did the same old sort of thing, they went to school (and worked) to be engineering technologists. Believing that art would not pay the bills (thanks Mom), I dug into university. More stuff happened, I left university and attended a polytech instead. Upon graduation, I ended up in Texas. Fast forward again to the married mother of two I am writing as today.
Now, if any of you have small children you will know why the paints and fancy brushes and stretched white canvases are tucked away and out of reach. Rarely do they emerge. This created a gap, a hole, and an unbalance in my brain. Too much techy stuff and not enough creative time burns out those neurons in a hurry. I needed to find an artistic release. I found blogging and love it.
(Why midnitechef? Read this post)