If you're a creative type, you already know this. But who doesn't need this reminder, every now and then?
Murder And Mountains: Two Books, Two Themes, Two Reviews
Two Book Reviews: Murder and mountains mix well in novels by Peter Heller and Joyce Maynard.
What It’s Like
You may be possessed by your paints, or smitten with your characters, but life goes on.
How Do You Start What You’re Afraid To?
If you're struggling to get started on your creative passion, you can start where you left off.
One Tree, Two Apps, Three Treatments
A lone tree provoked three distinct treatments, using a trusted photo app and a new painting app, for stylistic effects.
There Is Truth In What You Paint: Yours
Perfection isn’t what painting is about. It’s about finding your truth, and you can remain committed to that by letting go of art fear.
Why The Fear of Ruining Your Art Will Ruin Your Art
The desire to make your painting perfect, and the fear of ruining it, will always lead to painting doom. But there are ways to overcome art fear.
Finding My First Sweet True Love
For me, reading, writing, photography and painting are all intertwined like a tangle of sticky spaghetti.
Use All The Colors
As a writer, words are your paint. Here's a quote from Rhys Alexander to remind you to use all the colors.
Why Making Art Is Messy
Making art is messy for a reason. It's to remind us that we won't ever get it just right, or even close to perfect.
Are you at your desk, in front of your laptop? Are you at your easel, in front of your canvas? Great. If an idea comes, you'll be ready for it.
Why It’s Called Social Sharing
You won’t be noticed, much less discovered—there is too much competition from the entire global community for your one little drop in the big web bucket to get found. Instead, start local, where your roots are.
How to Deal With the Loneliness of Creativity
"Creativity is Essentially a Lonely Art . . . An Even Lonelier Struggle" - Lou Dorfsman
The Challenge Comes With A Risk: Print, Or Paint?
As a photographer who paints, and a painter who photographs, there's a challenge and a risk I'm often faced with: Print, or Paint?
Let It Flow
Weekend inspiration from Jann Alexander and a handy little app called Notegraphy.
#Creativity: It’s a Wrap | Creative Blocks
When creative blocks strike, and they will, you can relax, strategize, think and deal with these insights and ideas from creativity gurus.
Painting Trees: Only the Loneliest Need Apply
The loneliest trees are the worthiest of painting, for the order they bring to disorder; for their steady, uncomplaining winter ritual; for their slow, patient growth.
#Creativity: It’s a Wrap | On Balance
Among the most thought-provoking pieces I discovered for the new feature I'm debuting today, #Creativity: It's a Wrap, are those that take aim at finding balance.
How to Jumpstart Your Creative Mojo
Creatives have to conserve energy every now and then, or risk total creative meltdown. If you're facing a creative sinking spell, here's how to take a big time out.
Snowed Under in Seco
Beneath a blanket of snow in Arroyo Seco, there must be a story to go with a small and lonely child’s grave marker at La Santisima Trinidad mission church. There's a peacefulness to the tiny cross, bravely making its mark alone in the snow, that comes with a sorrowful implication of a cold white blanket... Continue Reading →