They are my favorites, dang it! The message of being true

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There is a program on Instagram that will pick out your best posts of 2017. I fiddled around with it and it worked once. The second time it looped over and over saying my images were very large and to wait a moment. After waiting too many moments, I took the hint and walked away from it, thinking, there must be a message for me here. The application picks out your most liked posts, which brought me to the creative’s age old question. Do I create what others want or what comes through me and makes me happy?

I have picked out MY Best Nine of Instagram and a thoughtful analysis of why I picked these out.

  1. The Googly with an egg.

I really enjoyed making these creatures inspired by a visit to the Phoenix Museum and Alexander Calder’s bird exhibit. I’ve been learning animation the past year and I wanted to experiment. My friend Britt suggested the Googly rock the egg to sleep. I took that and ran with it and fumbled with the animation. It needs a few tweeks, but I like it.

2. Balloon Animals Visiting the Bakery

After watching the Thanksgiving Parade and meeting a woman who made Balloon Animals at Ihop that same week, I was enamored with Balloon Animals. I wrote an entire list of Balloon-related themes for a lesson/curriculum, which I LOVE doing, by the way. What if Balloon Animals visited the Bakery? What would they eat? Well, ice cream sodas, of course.

3. The Googlys in the Invention Room

My first foray into digital illustration meets hand-drawn illustration. I had this image in my mind of the Googlys surrounding the Invention Room waiting for their eggs to hatch. The Invention Room is this place of inventive chaos. There’s so much activity and creatures bouncing about among the vials of experiments and it seems like the creature who runs the place is always out to lunch and doesn’t notice a thing or prefers the chaos.

4. Underwater Lollipop

I love all the inventions made in the Idea Emporium’s Bakery, but this one is my favorite.

5. Flight

I had fun experimenting with drawing butterflies to animate across the page. I tried one such experiment and it didn’t impress me. Time to play more with it. But I did dig the gray/halftones next to the yellow.

6. The Panda Train

My nod to my stepson whose pandas all have fun names, including Medium Panda. I believe the stories of the mall are already out there. We just need to discover them. And his pandas must have come from the mall. They needed a train to deliver the mail, of course.

7. Imagination Quote

I love Julia Cameron’s book The Artist Way. It was life-changing for me, forcing myself to look at my creative life and make it a priority. We need the imagination to come up with solutions to every day problems, to give us hope and delight.

8. The Escaping Monster

I have no idea how the monsters under the bed became a part of the Invention Room, but I loved the story and I loved my very first animation attempts. Now that little purple monster can be found floating around most of the mall. He just won’t be contained, the little adventurer. (Check out the web pages here, he’s everywhere).

9. Fairy Real Estate

Being a designing fairy, I had to have fairy influence in this world. Playing around with fairy houses I fell in love with the crooked ones. What if the fairies who lived in them were just a little cockeyed or lopsided? Wouldn’t they need something a little different to live in? The Nursery department has an specific order to it, opposite of the Invention Room, or the occasional chaos of the Bakery.

My conclusion or realization (big lightbulb over my head) for my Favorite Best Nine are when my posts were purposeful and focused on the story of the Mall emerging I was happy, and hopefully, the viewers were too. I brought forth energy*spark*magic forward to share. I lost my way when I thought, this is what the readers want, this is what they like, these have the numbers, but then I am not true to my mall that is emerging and taking life. And I’m abandoning the tiny blue monsters, the Googlies, and the bouncing cakes, who want to be discovered.

It’s a fine line to balance between running a business, catering to your audience, and being true to what is being born. It can easily swing in the wrong direction. Something to think about this Tuesday.

Oh, and big big realization. Through my sharing on Instagram in the past year, I created the activity book! A big thank you for those who visit over there. Of course, there will be tweeking and fixing and editing, but the illos and pieces are done. The story book has just started.

Until next time. And Happy Hannukah to my Hannukah friends! Be sure to visit the Mall’s departments. And if you are on Facebook, be sure to join the Group.

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Gallery of Cupcakes

Care to join the virtual designers with your own cupcake design to the Gallery of Cupcakes?

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Fun Activity: Help Design Some Cupcakes

Enter the Cupcake Room, and design a cupcake, but don’t be afraid of making mistakes (see reject cupcakes). Print out and download the sheet below to play. Send me your pics and I will share in the Gallery of Cupcakes! Email me.

Click on link:

Cupcake Decorating Sheet

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Gallery of Cupcakes

Here’s Some Cupcake Creations from Fellow Idea Emporium Designers:

Artist: David Wagenfeld, Adult artist, MI

“Lemon Juicyfruit” from Artist: Jacqueline Johnson, Adult artist, FL

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Field trip to a Pumpkin Patch

Time for a Field Trip!

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I don’t know about you but I need some light, some fun, some Nature! I need…a pumpkin patch. And Reg has a delivery over there.

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Oh there are the Monster Twins from the Invention Room. We can follow them.

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Oh there’s Reg. He’s making the delivery for Mr. Scarecrow. Interesting twist, a scarecrow friends with a crow. Only in the Idea Emporium world.

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There’s a few pumpkin flowers. They come with pumpkins. How cool is that?

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Time to pick a pumpkin. Oh *&%$#, Oslo got there first. Oslo, I wanted that pumpkin!

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Time for some Blue Pumpkin Pie over in the Idea Emporium Bakery. It’s today’s special, by the way.

Until next time,

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And hey, are you on Instagram? Let’s connect over there too! I’m here. We can follow each other.

Experiment #212: Clarice’s Buying Trip

Clarice runs the Fashion Department of the Idea Emporium. She bought herself a Roller Coaster Hat, popular among the giraffes.

Playing with Alien Botany

The Nursery Department grows and sells Alien Botany from seeds from all over the planets. I bet you didn’t know that.

I’m developing the pages for the book and here’s a sneak peek for all you readers.

What started out as a sketch…

Before clean-up and for the coloring page.

Creating a planet for the Alien Plants. It’s part of the lesson. Environments are very important and give meaning and understanding to the object.

Adding color digitally. It’s coming to life! Even the butterflies think so.

Adding a full environment and background — a photograph at 50% transparency. Oooh. I wonder where these plants are from. Well, there’s lots of trees there.

Until next time, thanks for being part of the process of creating the Idea Emporium Book & world!