This first episode will give you a little introduction to the series. I welcome the opportunity to learn more about you! Please comment in the comment section below and share your own creative life experiences and topics you are interested in.
Good morning, I thought that I would start this new morning reflection that I am going to record every so often, probably once a week. I'm going call it, "But First Coffee Inspiration For Living a Creative Life."
I thought I would do this so that you could learn a little bit more about me and kind of understand why I do all the things that I do. So first, my name is Ellie McIntosh, and I am an artist and designer. I have been pretty much doing art for the last, probably 15-16 years in various forms. I started out as a sculptor, and then in early college I took a painting class, and I just fell in love with painting. I sort of married those two things. I still do mixed media and incorporate some of the mediums that I used to use. Later, I decided I wanted to have more control over the spaces that I was painting murals in or my artwork was hanging in, so I decided to enroll in college. I had a passion my entire life for architecture.
So I enrolled in the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and I learned so many things there that I really apply to design in many ways. So when people ask me, "What do you do?" I usually say, "I'm a designer." And what I mean by that is I design so many different things that it's hard for me to really categorize what it is that I do. Something, I always get stumped on when people ask me.
So I approached my design career a little differently than a lot of interior designers do, in that I really think of space and its functionality from both an artistic perspective. I think I have sort of a unique perspective on space because I grew up with a brother with disabilities, and I also grew up, spent my summers at the family farm, which I live in now. My grandparents were both pretty tall, so all the things in the house were built to their specifications. So early in life, I really learned about space and the function of space differently than maybe most people would have approached it.
I just kept working at it and working at it. And I tell you, after I went through that experience I became a more creative person than I ever could have dreamed. And I realized how important being creative and surrounding myself with creative people was going to be for really the rest of my life. So everything that I do is immersed in creativity. I love being surrounded by people who think outside of the box, who aren't afraid to jump at an idea and try it, and so you'll find that I'm constantly surrounded by or lifting up people in my life that are like that, especially the women in my life that are like that. I guess because I'm a woman, I feel like I have a connection with that. And also people who are going through a transformation from healing, and that's why you'll also find that a lot of the art that I create has a connection to mindfulness, really being in the moment.
As a young person, I did not really learn how important it is to be in the moment, to be connected to whatever it is that's happening and not be too forward thinking. You still have to be forward thinking, but having those connections. So this series that I'm going to record is really going to go through all of those things that are important to me that I found helped me connect to my creativity. And whether you're an artist, or a banker, or you just like looking at art, any type of field that you're in, creativity is something that can be part of your life, whether you're creating something or not. And I think that having that connection to creativity is really a key to feeling a sense of fulfillment. So everything that I share in this series is going to connect with that but it's all gonna be different. It may be art that I'm creating. I might be talking about design things. I might just be talking about the environments that I'm in and what they do to inspire me, or some of the things that I just do regularly to be creative.
I will start by saying that the first thing I do in the morning is have a cup of coffee; one, so I can wake up, but I always take a little bit of time every morning to just get that creative time flowing. I make my to-do list, so I get that linear part of my brain off my list, and I'm able to really connect with what I need to do for the day.
I hope that you will like this series, and I hope that it will bring you a sense of fulfillment, and if nothing else, a fun way to start your day. And I look forward to sharing more with you. Here's a little bit more about the piece that I used to transform throughout my healing process with chemo, and what really brought me into this new way of living.
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Ellie McIntosh, grew up as a creative thinker. Inspired by her father, a furniture designer an inventor and musician, she took the path to creativity. Her artistic journey has taken her as far as France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Spain, Germany, Morocco, and many places throughout the United States and Mexico, where she utilized various