Creative Therapy: Catalyst #14

The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.

I’m a newcomer to the Creative Therapy blog, but decided that this was the week I’d try one of their catalysts. This week’s catalyst (#14):

What’s the one lesson you’d want to teach your children? (If you don’t have them, what would you want to teach them if you had them?)

I don’t have children (yet), but I’ve learned a lot of lessons in my life thus far (some of them the hard way) that I will want to share with them. But this one I picked up recently from Randy Pausch, who if you don’t know, is the awe-inspiring professor at Carnegie Mellon who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and gave an amazing talk called The Last Lecture (available at website linked above). I chose the quote from that talk. I also think that the goal isn’t always getting through (or over) the brick wall, but letting it stop you long enough that you have to look at things another way. You can learn a lot from staring at that wall–even if you ultimately decide it is not worth the journey to the other side.

I like the postcard size, so I chose to do a simple mixed media piece. I wanted to keep it fairly bare bones to reflect the simple wisdom of the quote and to really make the brick wall the focus (how many times does one do that!?). I think it looks a lot better in realview, but you get the general idea:

MATERIALS: Strathmore “Imperial Watercolor” blank postcard (trimmed); “Blue Swirl” paper from Sonburn Inc. (#05440), micropigment ink .25mm black and .30mm green (Sakura Pigma Micron); Stabilo “Aquatico” aquarelle pencils (colors 325 and 675 blended).

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5 Responses to “Creative Therapy: Catalyst #14”


  1. 1 Fran June 18, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    WOW! What a great response to the CreativeTherapy catalyst! Thanks so much for participating. That is such an amazing lecture… filled with lessons!

  2. 2 Melissa in Louisiana June 18, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    This is awesome. And it speaks to me right now. Thank you for that. And I’m so glad to participated this week. I hope to see more of your work!

  3. 3 craftylyra June 18, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Thank you to Fran and Melissa! What wonderful encouragement. This particular project meant a lot to me because I have really been very moved by Randy Pausch’s courage and message.

  4. 4 crankysophie June 26, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    I love your brick wall!


  1. 1 Catalyst #16: Dream Home « Craftylyra’s Crafting Space Trackback on July 2, 2008 at 4:12 pm

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