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Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE…


“In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade’s no easier to make than an oak.” James Russell Lowell

Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE…Toasted Chestnut bread w/ organic peanut butter & golden flax seed

Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE… Met Museum – Between heaven & earth quilt by El Anatsui

Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE… Symbol of 7th (fashion) Avenue in NYC. Needle and button.

Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE… Robot at Ghibli Museum drawn by one of my twins (water color).

Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE… Breakfast, Museum art, street/outdoors art, family art. We live in a constant state of creation. From our purposeful daily routines, to our deliberate and focused creative endeavors, we are creating and re-creating; searching for meaning in our world. Because a lot of our actions are spontaneous, we forget to see the organic or intuitive creativity that goes into our responses. We wake up in the morning and start creating and embracing new worlds in and for ourselves. When I woke up this morning, I decided to forgo my oatmeal and coffee, for tea, fruit, and slices of delicious, toasted chestnut bread. I spread organic peanut butter on the bread and got a bit creative by sprinkling some golden flax on top… perfect.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw

Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE… The Met Museum: African art retrospective

Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE… Sculpture Art on the street in Seattle..

Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE… Floral painting in oil by one of my twins

Every day, from the time we wake up till bedtime and even beyond, our minds are actively creating tangible and intangible thoughts and actions. We create what we’ve imagined for our lives for that day, and we stay in that process of creating. It is like a TV channel that continues to show programming even after we’ve walked away from it… The mind, the heart, the internal machine churns on, flashing sparks of creative energy, brilliance and even flashes of genius throughout the day. For this week’s photo challenge on CREATE, I’ve pulled together a number of photos that show museum art, street art – or art we see on the street, family art, and a few eclectic pieces. I started the post with my own creation – Breakfast. I do hope you like the rest.

“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos.” Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE… The Met Museum sculpture of Virgin and Child.

Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE… Sculpture on the Street (in nearby park) in Denver by Henry Moore…

Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE… Man’s Struggle. Face in oil by one of my twins.

As I read Mary Wollstonecraft’s quote above, (she is the author of Frankenstein) It reminded me that we create things of pleasure and pain for ourselves. When we think about it, it makes sense. For example, there is the pain of childbirth that comes after the pleasure of conception which leads to the creation of life. Our lives are balanced between the world of pain and suffering, and the world of pleasure and joy. And it is all for our growth. More below!

“It’s important to be informed but I also think it’s important to be inspired. I’m creating a space where people can be inspired.” Daryn Kagan

Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE… The Met Museum: Ancient water or wine vessel.

Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE… Street horticultural art in NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE… Another painting by one of my kids (in water)

The gathering of materials to post for a blog is an act of creation too. I have enjoyed this journey and will stop by to see what you have created too.  To close, I offer two perspectives on creating; one above and this one by Caesar. It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.” Julius Caesar.  Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on CREATE to fit the task? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! :-) ;-)

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! :-)

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several via Zemanta below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and LIKES from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – CREATE – below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: CREATE Create. The best part about creating something is being in the moment, relishing the creativity you’re experiencing, and letting your actions guide you to an end goal. Then you can step back and admire your work! This W, the WordPress logo, was something many people from the team here at quickly created one night at dinner with some round magnets. We snapped a picture to preserve our creation from that night. Have you snapped a picture of something you’ve created, or something someone else has created?
Share a picture that means CREATE to you!

Positive Motivation Tip: We live in a state of constant creation. Each day we turn our thoughts to creative ways to complete tasks or share a meal. We enjoy the creativity shared by others and all of it adds to our joy. Embrace your creative life. Enjoy it!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

110 Comments leave one →
  1. babs50nfab permalink
    23/06/2012 8:10 am

    Your kids are talented Elizabeth! Oh, that topiary piece in NYC kind of gave me the creeps. Looks like weird growths. ;)


    • 23/06/2012 8:12 am

      Yo are so funny! I believe it is meant to be a Disney character; one of the female ones with a ribbon in her hair. :lol: TY for checking in Barb.


  2. Madelaine permalink
    23/06/2012 8:35 am

    Wonderful interpretations……and breakfast looks yummy! ;)


  3. Freedom, by the way permalink
    23/06/2012 8:56 am

    Love your kids’ paintings. And the sculpture in Denver is awesome! Great quotes.


  4. 23/06/2012 9:54 am

    Great creations! Your twins are very talented, I love their paintings.


  5. 23/06/2012 10:06 am

    Wonderful photos showing such different creativity…Very nice…and the ones by your twins intermingled was wonderful…I especially liked the one in Denver too~mkg


  6. 23/06/2012 10:07 am

    Wonderful post… :)


  7. 23/06/2012 12:40 pm

    I love the “Street horticultural art in NYC” is it a real hedge cut to shape?


    • 24/06/2012 12:52 am

      PiP, I don’t know its origins but it might have been a hedge once. TY! :-)


  8. 23/06/2012 1:16 pm

    lovely pieces. Your children are talented.


  9. 23/06/2012 1:24 pm

    A wonderful post and lovely photos. You have talented kids! :-)


  10. 23/06/2012 2:01 pm

    I love the way you combine words, quotes, and photos all to one end. It doesn’t surprise me that your kids are both artistic and creative! I look forward to your posts!


  11. 23/06/2012 2:09 pm

    Too many choices!
    I’ll go for the needle and button.:)


  12. 23/06/2012 2:19 pm

    obviously the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in this family. Your kids are so creative…just like you


    • 24/06/2012 2:49 am

      TY Joy! I loved your submission for this week. :-)


      • 24/06/2012 2:51 am

        So I gave you ‘Joy’ did I ???
        Glad you liked mine but I am wondering how you found it…under Joy that is. ;) ;)


      • 24/06/2012 2:55 am

        I wonder too. My sister’s name is Joy and another blogger friend too… Yes, you gave me joy! :-)


      • 24/06/2012 2:57 am

        Then all is good with my world…hehe :) :)


    • 24/06/2012 5:20 pm

      Same here but I’ll go back and make the first one Jo again… or maybe leave it as it was a Freudian slip of sorts… yeah Jo, you are joyful! :-)


  13. 23/06/2012 3:52 pm

    Robot at Ghibli Museum – wow. The detail with minimal use of color takes a special eye and a gift. Are both the twins interested in water and oil painting or is it just one with this gift? Man’s struggle an the balcony are also cool creations!

    I love the quotes and the idea that we are creating every aspect of our lives as each moment passes. Lovely post. :)


    • 24/06/2012 2:48 am

      Yes, both of them are pretty creative. Glad you liked the Ghibli museum robot. We saw it on our visit there in Mitaka outside of Tokyo. TY! :-)


  14. 23/06/2012 4:55 pm

    I really like the horticultural spheres!!!!!


  15. 23/06/2012 5:06 pm

    How interesting! Such creative things make us bright. :)


    • 24/06/2012 2:46 am

      Yes, it is everywhere and the ideas jump at us sometimes, and, at other times, they just wink. TY! :-)


  16. 23/06/2012 9:28 pm

    A lovely tribute to creativity. Thank you for linking me.
    I have a “thing” for kids art. It’s so pure and joyful!


    • 23/06/2012 11:46 pm

      Thank you for stopping by too! I will visit and say hello as well. Kids art is fun… and all heart. :-)


  17. 23/06/2012 10:39 pm

    I love the drawing from one of your twins. That is really creative. I hope you framed it and hung it up.


    • 24/06/2012 2:45 am

      TY Miriam! They are both quite creative and we have many in folders and a few framed. :-)


  18. 24/06/2012 12:16 am

    Excellent work you have here again my friend :)


  19. 24/06/2012 1:20 am

    You have such interesting pictures! I loved the button and needle! There’s so much creativity around, you just have to know where to look.
    Thanks for sharing…



    • 24/06/2012 1:23 am

      TY for your feedback and I agree that creativity is everywhere… if we look. Loved your submission too. :-)


  20. 24/06/2012 2:58 am

    Every work breathes inspiration but more inspiring are your words and thoughts that you share and create with us every day. Thank you for sharing your world with us. Best wishes.


    • 24/06/2012 5:15 pm

      TY IT for your beautiful words…. I love the kindness you express and this was fun. Loved yours too. :-)


  21. 24/06/2012 3:43 am

    I Love your selections of challenge CREATE. I also have a photo of the needle and button in NYC. Thanks for the pingback.



    • 24/06/2012 5:22 pm

      TY Francine! This one was a tad difficult to figure out but once I decided on what to share, it was fun. :-)


  22. 24/06/2012 4:25 am

    Love your kids artwork! Toasted Chestnut bread sounds wonderful!


    • 24/06/2012 8:18 pm

      TY for your feedback and it is heavenly. Will find and share a recipe. :-)


      • 25/06/2012 4:19 am

        Great! My husband loves to bake bread…I’m sure he’ll make it for me. :-)


  23. 24/06/2012 4:41 am

    Fabulous post! Your children are very talented. I absolutely love ‘Robot’. Thanks for the pingback, Elizabeth :)


    • 24/06/2012 5:24 pm

      TY too for all the support Bluebee. I love your blog too and this Challenge was creative and entertaining for all of us :-)


  24. 24/06/2012 7:54 am

    I always love your photos and you give us so much choice each time. I really admire them all, but I would love a piece of the toasted chestnust bread ,oh yum….. :)


    • 24/06/2012 5:26 pm

      TY Dee! I have to tell you that it is quite delicious and the chestnuts add a unique flavor to the bread. I get it at a local Bakery and they have the best stuff. I’ll look for a recipe and share it soon. :-)


  25. 24/06/2012 8:09 am

    I love all the artwork that I see here. Very beautiful creations! Thanks for the shout-out too.


    • 24/06/2012 8:18 pm

      TY for the followup and comment> I really appreciate it and loved your submission too. :-)


  26. Bree permalink
    24/06/2012 9:10 am

    I love looking at what photos you upload for the various challenges your blog platform offers. They are always interesting and your written observations are always fun. Is this a way to connect with new people? Do people get that goal when they participate and reciprocate? I ask because of the many blogs you showed links to for others to visit. I would imagine some appreciation from most of them. Does it take much to like another blogger’s post? I ask too many questions I know. This was a good one and your children are creative too. :-)


    • 24/06/2012 5:31 pm

      It is a great way to connect with others and some choose not to for whatever reason… I don’t get that either. Thankfully, many of us do like the chance to connect and you see the result here too. I’m grateful for the reciprocity. I visited and Liked every blog listed above and even some that I haven’t had a chance to include. I love the challenges and spend the time visiting others as it’s one way I know we can all connect. It is very easy to Like a post and all the blogs listed above have activated their Like button.


  27. 24/06/2012 9:54 am

    Great collection of “create” pictures. I’ve seen of the NYC creations. Thanks for the pingback.


    • 24/06/2012 5:32 pm

      TY too for the feedback. NYC is so rich with photo opportunities. I should spend more time there this summer. :-)


  28. 24/06/2012 12:12 pm

    Wow! this page is bursting with creativity. Nice!


    • 24/06/2012 5:10 pm

      TY Ruth! I really like your feedback and just went with my feelings about the topic. :-)


  29. 24/06/2012 12:24 pm

    How do you come up with such brilliant posts? Amazing!


    • 24/06/2012 5:58 pm

      God knows it’s not all me but the grace… TY! I appreciate the feedback. :-)


  30. 24/06/2012 12:31 pm

    Thanks for your support pinning me back! :)


  31. 24/06/2012 1:38 pm

    A spectacular gathering of creativity! especially the twins and Henry Moore :-)


    • 24/06/2012 5:05 pm

      TY and I love the Moore too… and as their mom I love theirs too. :-)


  32. 24/06/2012 3:12 pm

    I enjoyed your photographs! Artistic creations all!


  33. 24/06/2012 5:25 pm

    Thanks for the pingback! Love your photos – one of my favorites is the needle & button :)


    • 24/06/2012 5:34 pm

      TY Debbie! That needle and button seem to be a hot favorite… I can imagine it fits because of all the creative designer activity on 7th. :-)


      • 24/06/2012 6:36 pm

        LOL – for me it’s nice to see so much life and art in NY again. And I like the photo of chestnut bread too. ;)


      • 24/06/2012 9:12 pm

        Ty! i will find a recipe and share it… It is delicious. ;-)


  34. 24/06/2012 6:12 pm

    Your thought provoking post is a wonderfully creative series of photos and ideas. Great response to the challenge. Thanks for the mention, too.
    Ruth in Pittsburgh


  35. 24/06/2012 7:53 pm

    I think I need your healthy breakfast and not the needle and button! Yikes!
    I love the way you created with the real photos and then an art work…nice!
    another great piece…thank YOU!


    • 24/06/2012 9:13 pm

      TY Sunshine! This was fun work too and the breakfast was a treat. ;-)


  36. 24/06/2012 9:21 pm

    I love your choices, especially the ones made by your children, very talented


  37. 24/06/2012 9:33 pm

    thanks for pingback ;-)


  38. 25/06/2012 12:26 am

    Fantastic creations! That breakfast looks like a delicious creation. ;)


  39. 25/06/2012 1:12 am

    Another wonderful post…I love seeing all of the creations and the quotes were spot on. Thanks for the mention.


  40. 25/06/2012 1:30 am

    hi Eliz, the Met Museum: African art retrospective: I took photos of the African sculptures there too – now they are on my living room wall in Germany …
    very funny: needle & button, oversized …


    • 25/06/2012 2:40 pm

      Okay… Yes, the needle is quite interesting… I was glad to capture it from my car. ;-)


  41. 25/06/2012 4:56 am

    Love your thoughts on this. That George Bernard Shaw quote opens my eyes too. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” It’s so easy to be passive and see what unfolds in a day, but if we try to shape it ourself, it is so much more full and satisfying… like your breakfast!


    • 25/06/2012 2:42 pm

      Isn’t that something? I loved the quote when I read it.. so perfect a reminder for us all… I needed to hear it. TY! :-)


  42. 25/06/2012 5:43 am

    OMG, your kids are simply wonderful, so talented. We thank God for their lives.


  43. 25/06/2012 8:09 am

    What a brilliant quote by Lowell! Love the paintings by your twins! Lovely post!


    • 25/06/2012 2:45 pm

      TY Madhu! I’m glad I included them… They were not as enthusiastic as their mother about putting the art on the internet, but it’s here for us to enjoy. TY! :-)


  44. 25/06/2012 11:01 am

    You have very artistic, talented kids!


    • 25/06/2012 11:04 am

      TY and I will let them know because they don’t spend much time admiring their work. :-)


  45. 26/06/2012 2:16 am

    Very stunning “create” photograph :D You have always fantastic idea :P. Thanks for sharing my friend


  46. 04/07/2012 5:19 pm

    Love the MET display!


    • 04/07/2012 7:12 pm

      TY ZG! Me too and thanks for the likes… I’m behind and will catch up soon.. Now dealing with a bad cold.


      • 04/07/2012 7:15 pm

        I feel ya – I’ve just started getting caught up myself…it’s pretty daunting after being away for awhile! How you are feeling better soon!


      • 04/07/2012 7:18 pm

        It is daunting and I keep thinking of the how instead of the do… So it’s time to just do it… I applaud your effort. TY and I hope to get better too. :-)



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