The most creative people have this childlike facility to play. – John Cleese
Many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they are not — because the thing they were good at at school wasn’t valued, or was actually stigmatized. – Ken Robinson
The truly creative people tend to be outliers. – Nolan Bushnell
I throughly enjoyed my visit to the Weeden House Museum. There are a lot of interesting things to see and the tour guide did a fabulous job.
The Weeden House was built in 1819, by H.C. Bradford. The intricate woodwork and the federal architectural style is stunning. The Weeden family owned the home from 1845 to 1956.
Maria Howard Weeden (1846-1905) lived in this house her entire life. She was a poet and an artist. Maira was particularly interested in the lives of the black people she encountered on a regular basis. She was bothered by the way they were treated and wanted to give them a voice in the world.
Maria Howard Weeden painted realistic portraits of the black people, instead of the cartoonish images that were popular during the Reconstruction period.
Maria also spent hours talking to the black people she painted, so she could learn their life stories.
Maria used poetry to expose the horrible circumstances of their lives. The rhythm and cadence reflected the positive personalities of the people, in spite of their lifelong suffering.
Maria Howard Weeden was truly a woman ahead of her time.
Yesterday, Gwen and I went to Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Decatur, Alabama.
My favorite exhibit was “Safe” by Sarah Carlisle Towery. The colors in the painting are striking. You can see the deep emotions felt by the subject of the painting. I think it’s an excellent piece of art, and I really enjoyed having the opportunity to view it.
Wanderlust means to have a strong desire to travel, which is a good description of me. I have a bit of wild side and a tendency to seek out adventure.
I want to enjoy my life. I don’t want to waste my time on this earth. I want to experience as many things as possible. I want to stay wilder than the wind.