Renaissance Woman   7 comments

If you weren’t an author, what other art would you likely pursue?

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So Many Choices

If I weren’t a writer, how would I feed my need to be creative? There are so many choices. Creativity is a broad range of avenues. My daughter is a musician and visual artist who mostly works in t-shirts today, but used to do some lovely metal art. My son doesn’t have her voice, but he’s become quite a good guitarist and he’s learned to sing in his range. My husband invents heating appliances. I always admire people who can decorate their houses. My father was a chef (another art my daughter dabbles in). My mother was a USO dancer and my daughter danced ballet, hip hop, highland and modern. My friend Karen sews amazing clothes, especially kuspuks (Alaska Native parka covers). Quilting is one of the ministries of the women of our church. In the Fairbanks Airport there’s a 20-foot long fiber tapestry hanging in a stairwell. My sister’s adoptive father was a world-renowned wildlife photographer. An uncle could make a plain suburban yard look like a rich estate garden. There’s a neighbor who does wonderful carpentry that makes his house stand out from the rest of ours. Creativity comes in many forms.

I’ve dabbled in most of the things I list above. I don’t create heating appliances, but I do help him with his marketing. Nobody wants to hear me sing, but I helped my son write a song’s lyrics. I quilt. I do carpentry. I do photography. I dabble in cooking food — my emphasis is on taste, not presentation, however. Although I can draw and would love to get good at painting, I mostly construct collages that become book covers.

What Would I Choose?

Wow, I have to narrow down my choices? That would be tough. I think I’d choose photography. In fact, I think I have already chosen photography as that is the medium I use for constructing collages. But don’t expect me to give up quilting, cooking or writing. Creative people need to be creative or we die.

Enough said by me on that subject. I wonder what my fellow authors are choosing.

Posted March 29, 2021 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop

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  1. What’s a USO dancer? I would have loved to be a professional dancer, but my life took a different path. I still love dancing though.

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    • USO = United Service Organization. During World War II we had a lot of young men who were away from home for the first time, so the USO had clubs or rented ball rooms so they could go to dances. (Supposedly, they couldn’t go to bars yet since most were under the drinking age of 21). The USO also did shows in forward bases. Bob Hope did a thousand of them. Gary Sinese and Christopher Titus do them now. Anyway, my mom was a shill for the USO dances. What good would it do to have a dance for military guys when there were no gals for them to dance with, so the USO would hire girls like Mom to be there to dance with these men. Mom was a good dancer, so she was in demand. Guys would line up week after week for her. I believe that’s how she met her first husband.

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  2. You are very creative and are fortunate to have such a creative family.

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  3. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten better at capturing what I see through my eyes through a camera’s lens. I never expect to be professional level, but my pictures are spark more memories.Or maybe it’s because I’m amid better scenery!

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  4. It’s interesting to see how many writers choose photography, I wonder if there’s a deeper connection between pictures seen with the eyes or put into the mind via words?

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