Saturday, December 29, 2007

Creativity in progress....

Christmas Day passed quickly. My week was filled with family, however a good portion of my time was devoted to following through on a prior commitment. I committed to edit and publish the 30 year anniversary book for the Arizona Sun Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. While I enjoyed the process and value the end result, I really wanted to goof off and do whatever I wanted during this break from my day job. I really wanted to color and draw.

So, I was a bit of a grump after the excitement of Christmas Day. I tried to enjoy the days, but instead I focused on section breaks, page numbers and photo captions. I barely took the time away from my laptop to visit the Jim Henson Fantastic World exhibit at the Arizona Museum for Youth in Mesa, but I was glad I did.

What an awe inspiring exhibit. I loved the drawings and doodles Jim did all of his life. He used legal lined paper or napkins to make some of his creations. Did you know he ran a poster service during his college years? The exhibit was outstanding and a hit with kids and adults. My oldest daughter is a fanatic Muppet fan from Sesame Street to the Muppets Take Manhattan to the the Muppets Christmas Carol (which we watched on Dec. 26th). Jim died when she was only four years old, however to this day I remember how I shared the news with her. The exhibit sparked memories, family history and respect for the wonderful process of creativity. Jim's life is a beautiful example of how one's creations, small or large, move you to the next phase of your life.

Tonight, I finished the book and now await my proof copy. Thank goodness! My creativity on this project is complete and I am ready to move on to the next project. Now I have 3 days which I can devote to my new choices....playing tennis, cleaning my room, coloring and drawing.

5 comments:

Frank said...

Finishing the 30 year anniversary book is quite an accomplishment. Wow. I love the Mesa children's Museum. They always have cool exhibits. I'll have to try and catch the Muppet one. The photo was great, but I noticed one of teh Muppet has a JCI sweater on. What a coincidence!

Anna said...

That is the cutest Muppet!

Frank said...

I agree!!! 8-)

becktronbexbecky said...

That exhibit was amazing, but I'm still sad that they didn't have shirts!

Anna said...

I agree! The Muppet mugs are a good momento, and I hope the museum orders more! I love my muppet journal.