Episode 355 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast
In this episode of the CMP, let’s lighten the mental load today and enjoy some charming, whimsical, watercolor and ink illustration from Peter Reynolds, author of The Dot and Ish. Those are classic books (and they’ve been talked about before on the CMP), but in this show, I pull a stack of other books illustrated by Reynolds and give you a run-down.
If you are new to Peter Reynolds, definitely check The Dot, Ish, So Few of Me and North Star first.
You don’t have to have a child to read with to enjoy looking through these books, and most of them have wonderful themes of creativity, individuality, diversity, perseverance, vision, innovation, and self-affirmation. Enjoy!
Note: After I finished and this sat waiting to be edited and posted, I noticed Playing from the Heart in the floor by my chair. I had it as part of this grouping and forgot to record the summary. I’ll tuck it in next time.
The Dot and Ish show up as early as Episode 20 (no longer available). Looking at the show notes bulleted list for that episode, feels so quaint and long ago! Other Reynolds titles show up in Episode 73: X Marks the Spot
While checking for Ish, I ended up on this page, which doesn’t include Ish, but the quote at the end from a then-young son, charms me. (Had I not written it there, I would never have that tidbit.) I have spent a good bit of time today and over the last week or so deleting files from my site, randomly, haphazardly (sort of/sort of not), and keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t accidentally crack the foundation. Even if I don’t reduce the actual CMP history, I need to sweep things up so that I can move hosts and make the best and most cost-effective decision. Before there was a Creativity Matters, there was a Creative Mom (which the site still uses because it is difficult to sort out the spiderweb I have), and before that, Threaded Thoughts (a domain I inadvertently lost and have always missed), and before that The Flap and Cybercodes. Along the way there was a BrambleBug and a HeretoThereArt. There are vestiges and heaps and trash piles and broken roads. There is clutter that swells and grows and breeds. When I look back, I am caught and held by the clues to my own past, the last decade or so. And I am glad these breadcrumbs exist. (I do know what gives me joy.) Even so, I am deleting piles and piles of stuff. We’ll see how things shake out in the end!
Mentioned in this Episode:
- The Dot
- So Few of Me
- North Star
- Rose’s Garden
- Sky Color
- I’m Here
- Going Places
- Happy Dreamer
- My Very Big Little World
- Playing from the Heart
- Stella series by Marie Louise Gay (and the Sam books)
- Try Creative Bug with the Living a More Creative Life: 30 Ways in 30 Days class
Not Mentioned — but ones to check! (I am checking these out next and look forward to seeing them.)
- Start with a Dot (Guided Journal): A Journal for Making Your Mark
- You and Me (Susan Verde; illustrated by Peter Reynolds)
- I am Love: A Book of Compassion (Susan Verde; illustrated by Peter Reynolds)
- I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness (Susan Verde; illustrated by Peter Reynolds)
- I Am Yoga (Susan Verde; illustrated by Peter Reynolds)
- I Am Human: A Book of Empathy (Susan Verde; illustrated by Peter Reynolds)
- Guitar music: Nicholai Heidlas on SoundCloud
- Creativity Matters Group at Facebook
- Patreon page
- oamyoamy at Instagram