a)The first art studio I ever went to as a child told me to "Always start with the eyes" when drawing, so all of my pictures had eyes (cats, unicorns, dragons), at the center of the page. The second art studio I attended told me to "Never start with the eyes." It was a technical school, where I learned how to oil paint. I was a bit shattered that everything I knew about art seemingly was incorrect, but I have to say I liked my drawings a lot better when I always started with the eyes. There was much more imagination involved to fill up the rest of the page.
a)I could probably recall most of my childhood pretty well but was often playing in corners, under tables, and in trees. I daydreamed in school and during sports, which I disliked. My family took yearly trips to a rustic California lodge called Montecito Sequoia where we did nothing but explore, build forts, snowshoe, get lost in the woods, watch '80s VHS tapes of teen movies, and drink lots of hot chocolate. That ruled. It wasn't fancy, but there was an unusual amount of freedom for a kid, by today's standards. My parents made my childhood very magical, thanks Mom and Dad!
a)Lists. Yoga. Hot Sauce. Home-cooked vegetarian food. Coffee (or tea). Exploring. (My boyfriend might say 'YouTube'.)
a)To make work with the intention of consciously replicating or referencing someone else's.
a)I say "Frick" a lot, but I don't think it's my favorite. I'll have to get back to you.