“True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” – Albert Einstein
Creative February began in 2014 when Takeyce Walter made the decision to give herself the gift of time to create art; every day during her birthday month. Each day during the month of February, Takeyce produced one painting as an act to reinvigorate her love for art, and honor that creative urge. Her commitment and passion spurred subsequent annual Creative February months, the movement growing in popularity among artists and admirers across the country. Rising from organic roots, Takeyce’s Creative February has proliferated across social media platforms and earned successful annual gallery showings in New York’s Capital District, where many of the works created and exhibited are eagerly collected by inspired collectors and art lovers. Moreover, Takeyce has inspired other artists across the country to participate in Creative February via social media channels.
This year, I’ve decided to focus Creative February on the beautiful, vital landscape of the Adirondacks — specifically, places conserved by the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy over the course of its 46-year history. I joined the chapter’s board of directors last year, and I can’t wait to share images of these iconic Adirondack places with you. Every day in February, I’ll paint a different image, with each week representing a different season.
My goal for this project is to engage the community by providing daily inspiration through images and text, to connect people to the Adirondacks through art, and increase awareness about The Conservancy’s conservation mission in this region. I will facilitate the entire month via social media channels, particularly Instagram. Each day, I will post the daily Adirondack image for participating artists to use as inspiration to create their own art, and then share via social media by tagging with the hashtag: #CreativeAdirondacks. I will share my painting, along with educational, and inspirational text about the location. Moreover, I hope we can engage in creative conversation on what this precious region means to us, not only as a wellspring of beauty, but also its important ecological impact.
At the start of the month, my completed paintings will appear on this page and will populate as the month progresses. You can also view works being created by all participating artists by searching #CreativeAdirondacks on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Ways you can support the project, and TNC:
- You can join us by painting along for the month and share your work via social media by using the hashtag #CreativeAdirondacks.
- You can comment on, share, or purchase, the work. Learn more about TNC’s conservation efforts in the Adirondacks here.
- You can donate directly to The Nature Conservancy by clicking the link below (takes you to their donate page).
Creative February 2019
Creative February 2018
Creative February 2014
Here are the pieces created for the first Creative February.
Please click on each image to view larger: