Tag: Art

A boy painting his home

The week before he joined an “art party” at the children’s center where he lives.  A teacher has been working with kids at the center since mid-2007, and some of the older students are very good. They helped the younger kids during the art party, taking up brushes occasionally to teach by example. The results were amazing, and moving if you know the stories behind them.

I made a short video documenting the event (coming soon).

I like the image of creating a painting, and this one has a subscript for me. It’s a boy at an orphanage painting his home – not an imaginary home, but the home where his mother lives. I don’t know his particular story, because he’s new to the center, but it’s a fact that the vast majority of children and youth in orphanages have homes and relatives: grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, brothers and sisters. Most still have one living parent, and quite a few have two. The number one reason they are in orphanages is poverty. There are many orphanages but few family support services to restore families and keep them together.

It’s not surprising that a child in an orphanage would paint his …

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My daughter’s portrait of Angela Aki

Written by on January 27, 2009 in Life and Family, Notes By The Way with 6 Comments

I’d really like to post a recent photo, but I haven’t had time to go shoot any…

Reia is a bigtime fan of Angela Aki. All of my daughters can sing Tegami from start to finish (Aki’s hit song from last year). Now Reia is teaching herself how to play it on the piano. I’ll post a video when I have time to edit it.

If you don’t know who Angela Aki is, you can check her out on YouTube here.

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Get insight into how creative people produce their work

Written by on January 25, 2009 in Food and Miscellany, Notes By The Way with 4 Comments

Are you creative? Photograher, artist, writer??

Here is a blog about the daily routines of people who have written, painted, and otherwise expressed their way into history. It’s fascinating to glimpse how these people operate, and there are clear patterns. I was personally impressed by all the writers who do their best work early in the morning. Creativity and inspiration alone is sheer frustration; the great ones have the discipline and drive to get it out on paper.

I get up every morning at 5 a.m. simply because it’s more exciting to start working than to turn around and sleep some more. I do seem to have a lot of energy. After enjoying a giant pot of coffee and a medium-sized cigar for breakfast, I start my daily schedule of little experiments. This is coming along very well. – Stefan Sagmeister (Feb 2009)

5am?? Ouch.

I never quite know when I’m not writing. Sometimes my wife comes up to me at a party and says, “Dammit, Thurber, stop writing.” She usually catches me in the middle of a paragraph. Or my daughter will look up from the dinner table and ask, “Is he sick?” “No,” my wife says, “he’s writing

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