Creativity Sundays: Brunch with Valerie Rich

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Our table is set with mimosas, steak, eggs, fried potatoes, fresh fruit, and homemade biscuits. We have some soul music playing in the background. 

Valerie Rich is a visual artist and author. Her work has been featured in two galleries. She has words everywhere. Words in her art. Words that are actual art. Words for inspiration. 

 

What is on your table for brunch?

On my table for brunch is a three-panel mixed media collage piece: Words Have Power

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Describe yourself.

I am known as Val. I am an author and Artist. I am a soft spoken compassionate person. My passion and purpose are to inspire others through art and other creative processes. I am married and mother of three.

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What is your creative mission?

My creative passion is to create beautiful things that make people smile and to encourage them be creative. Art frees the mind and warms the soul.

 

What is your primary form of creative expression?

My primary form of expression is acrylic painting and mixed media.

 

When did you first discover your love or passion for this form?

I discovered my Love of art in 2012.

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What are your secondary forms of creative expression?

I love everything creative sewing, crochet, knitting…

 

How did you discover these?

I was always crafty growing up we learned a lot in girl scouts. I  discovered art by joining a year-long art journal class and it grew from there.

 

Have you had any formal training?

I do not have any formal training. I have taken some online classes and workshops.

 

Do you think formal training is necessary?

Passion creates its self you just need a desire to create something.

 

How do you deal with creative blocks?

When I have a creative block, I just step away go do something else.  

Check out art videos

Pin things to Pinterest

Start something new and come back to that.

 

Tell us a little about your creative process.

My process- I am very visual everything has the potential to be a piece of art . Pretty much my art just happens.

 

Tell us about one of your projects.

Ladies are in most of my pieces I have a series of girls (Be Passionate Be Brave) also ladies with head wraps and my first Lady, Lady Love series of four paintings.

 

 

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What motivates you? How do you stay motivated?

Art is my form of therapy. My last counselor told me I didn’t need to be there. She said go find a hobby, join a group or something. I started Lifebook 2012 (an art journal project) and have been doing art ever since.

 

Describe your creative space. What type of environment works best for you?

I have my own space at home. It is like a mini gallery of my work people love to come and create here. I encourage art  session  by appointment.

 

How do you practice self-care and self-love as a creative?

I practice self-care bu quiet time in the studio… sometimes all day.

 

What words of inspiration do you have for new or struggling creatives?

Art can be a great place to release your pain, fears and free yourself from worries for the moment.

 

What is your favorite food?

Steak

 

What is your favorite quote?

“The strongest action for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could.” -Unknown

 

 

Where can people find you and your work? (social media links and event information)

www.Artxscape.com

https://www.facebook.com/Painted-Imagery

https://www.facebook.com/Visual-Inspirations

Instagram: Valyrich

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Hello April! Time to Get Creative!

Hello April!

Happy National Poetry Month!

Let’s take these next 30 days to develop a habit of daily creativity.

This set of prompts is a list of single words or short phrases designed to allow you to take them wherever they want to go. Use whatever form of creativity that suits you. Examples include a poem a day, essay, 100 words of a short story, 1000 words of a novel, a photo a day, song lyrics, music, journal entry, drawing, painting, or whatever suits your fancy.

You simply need to get creative!

Enjoy!!!

April 2016 Writing Prompts

Inspiring Words Creativity Prompts: Day 27-30

Use these three words to inspire your creation today. Write a story, poem, essay, section of a novel, or song. Paint or draw a picture. Use your camera to capture the words in a unique way.

I have used the Oxford Dictionary website to pick unique words & phobias. Feel free to think outside of the box with these definitions.

Just simply create!

transpicuous: transparent

trichophobia: fear of hair

evanescent: quickly fading

misogamy: the hatred of marriage

phasmophobia: fear of ghosts

asunder: into pieces

hodiernal: of today

thanatophobia: fear of death

ether: the clear sky

gasconade: extravagant boasting

coitophobia: fear of coitus

beget: produce (a child)

(The end of the month was very busy for us. We apologize for the delay on the last few sets of words. We hope you found them interesting and helpful!)

Inspiring Words Creativity Prompts: Day 23

Use these three words to inspire your creation today. Write a story, poem, essay, section of a novel, or song. Paint or draw a picture. Use your camera to capture the words in a unique way.

I have used the Oxford Dictionary website to pick unique words & phobias. Feel free to think outside of the box with these definitions.

Just simply create!

presenteeism: the compulsion to spend longer at work than is required or to continue working despite illness

epistolophobia: fear of correspondence

tidings: news, information

Inspiring Words Creativity Prompts: Day 22

Use these three words to inspire your creation today. Write a story, poem, essay, section of a novel, or song. Paint or draw a picture. Use your camera to capture the words in a unique way.

I have used the Oxford Dictionary website to pick unique words & phobias. Feel free to think outside of the box with these definitions.

Just simply create!

limn: represent in painting or words

clinophobia: fear of bed

amphibology: a phrase or sentence that is grammatically ambiguous
(She sees more of her children than her husband.)

Inspiring Words Creativity Prompts: Day 21

Use these three words to inspire your creation today. Write a story, poem, essay, section of a novel, or song. Paint or draw a picture. Use your camera to capture the words in a unique way.

I have used the Oxford Dictionary website to pick unique words & phobias. Feel free to think outside of the box with these definitions.

Just simply create!

mollitious: luxurious or sensuous

gephyrophobia: fear of bridges

lambent: softly glowing or flickering

Inspiring Words Creativity Prompts: Day 20

Use these three words to inspire your creation today. Write a story, poem, essay, section of a novel, or song. Paint or draw a picture. Use your camera to capture the words in a unique way.

I have used the Oxford Dictionary website to pick unique words & phobias. Feel free to think outside of the box with these definitions.

Just simply create!

fuscous: dark and somber in color

phobophobia: fear of fear

muliebrity: womanliness