How to Create a Masterpiece

How to Create a Masterpiece

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” John Ruskin


Tuesday night, a flock of writers swooped in and landed without incident into a cozy writer’s nest. Mother bird, and gracious hostess, Belinda Burston welcomed them with open wings.

Then wouldn’t you know it, in fluttered my friend and author, Brenda J. Wood, lugging a wacky book.

Original Book Title –  “The Wonky Beauty Evolution” by Bobbi Brown

I’m sure this wonky idea never crossed Bobbi Brown’s mind when she penned her book.

I love all things wacky. Well, in this case–wonky. I rustled my feathers and chirped, gazing upon her creation.

Brenda J. Wood’s Wonky & Wacky Pages

When creative people write, draw, sculpt or paint, their motivation is intrinsic.

Carol Bainbridge said, “Intrinsic motivation refers to motivation that comes from inside an individual rather than from any external or outside rewards, such as money or grades.”

I agree with the first part–intrinsic motivation comes from inside an individual, but I also believe we’re motivated by external or outside rewards.

I know I am.

Let me jog your memory. When I participated in Susanna Leonard Hill’s, eight-week, Summer Short & Sweets challenge, I was motivated from within because I love to write. But I admit, I adore rewards. And guess what? For my efforts, I won a few prizes,—despite ignoring some of Susanna’s rules. I can’t wait for my goody package to arrive. Thanks, Susanna. 🙂

My rewards and the photo courtesy of Susanna Leonard Hill

Let me shine the spotlight back on Brenda. She wasn’t motivated by money or grades, but at the prospect of participating in a challenge hosted by the Innisfil Public Library.

I’m certain, Brenda’s brain wheels whirled, eager to delve right in. The premise, to create a unique piece of art by clipping words, sentences and photos from old magazines, and then attaching colorful objects to books the library no longer used.

Brenda J. Wood’s Creation

The entries were judged. Unfortunately, Brenda didn’t win a prize. I believe it was only because the judges mouths dropped and they were at loss for words, staring at her wonky and wacky creation. Did they not realize they stood before a genius?

Personally, I think the book should be showcased in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, so generations to come can marvel at Brenda’s masterpiece.

Brenda J. Wood’s Creation

I hope teacher’s and/or home school mom’s are jumping up and down at this brilliant idea. What a great way to help develop the right-side of a child’s brain.

Brenda J. Wood’s Creation

All photos snapped by Belinda Burston. Thank you, Belinda for sharing your creative talents and for giving me permission to post them.

What do you think of this wonderful, wonky, and wacky idea?

Has Brenda inspired you to share this idea with your child or student? If so, and a child creates a wonky and wacky book, I’d love to showcase it on my blog.

Thanks for visiting! 🙂

19 Responses

  1. Wow what an amazing creation!!! Thanks for posting that Tracy!!! A prize is definitely wonderful to acquire, but all of our inventions, writing, paintings, contain so much love…We often think that if we haven’t won that it is not of value or good enough…You have proved in this post, that it is not true…Thanks for reminding us of that…

  2. I love the idea and Brenda’s creation. You’re right, I wish I had thought of it when I home schooled my kids years ago…still might make it a vacation or summer project for my still at home clan. You have a great, fun way of using words, and I look forward to more of your writing.

  3. Brenda is extremely creative. She thinks outside of the box. That’s why she’s already got so many books published. I wish I had thought of that idea too. But you still have “kiddies” at home, so go for it. I’d be honored to publish the photos here on my blog…if you so desire.
    You have encouraged me, once again, Laura. I often feel what I try to write, and then convey is inadequate. Thank you. 🙂

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  5. Well I never thought I would be able to add artist to my credits but I am delighted that others do!!
    I have to say that the book looks splendid in the photographs. It must be Belinda’s skills with the camera! Brenda Wood, author & speaker

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  6. Tracy, this is my first opportunity to check out your blog. My goodness you have done an amazing job of this web space! I can tell how much work went into it–and heart and soul. 🙂 Thank you so much for posting my photos. I so enjoyed photographing Brenda’s quirky masterpiece. Last night as people arrived for cell group here and spotted it, they all said “What IS that?” The best reactions were from the three teenagers, who all stopped in their tracks. Not much can get that kind of reaction from them but they loved it and spent quite a few minutes examining it from every angle. One of them said, “That was a really good book on makeup!” Yes, it was, “was” being the operative work! Ha ha!

    • I love children and teens. They are so honest and open. Brenda, did a bang up job as did you on snapping those great photos which I in turn got to flaunt.
      Yes, I poured my heart and soul into both the website and the blog design, but without my tech, savvy web gal,, no one would have seen it.

  7. Lots of fun things to see here. I keep clicking on something and find myself in a wonder world.
    I ‘m sure kids love all your creations.
    Will return. 🙂

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  9. Hello there I am so grateful I found your blog, I have bookmarked it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a lot more, Please do keep up the excellent work.