In keeping with my 2022 Intentions poster I've been putting my pens and pencils to good use and filling a sketchbook with art for fun. Ok, so these aren't exactly absent-minded scribbles, but they aren't showpieces either. This is as close to doodling as I've been able to get. It's really hard to create art … Continue reading Mindful doodling: Am I doing it right?
A very Happy New Year to you. Busyness took over life for a little while, but this week I took the time to sit down and map out my (mostly) creative intentions for 2022. I decided to go with intentions instead of goals because creativity itself is something I live every day rather than an … Continue reading Creative Intentions
Creative block is a topic I keep revisiting because my thoughts on what it is and how to overcome it are always evolving. Creative block is an umbrella term which includes, but is not limited to, creativity fatigue, artist's block, and the more well-known writer's block. I've read a lot of articles and blog posts … Continue reading Your creative treasure chest
I have a small confession: I am self-conscious about doodling, but I really want to do it. I can approach many illustrations or paintings with a degree of confidence, but the thought of making a page of doodles makes me balk. Not because I am prejudice against doodling, but because I was convinced I couldn’t … Continue reading Doodling matters
I feel like I have't had too many good art days lately - those days where reality comes close to meeting expectation; when more things go right than go wrong with a piece of art; where you can put down the pencil, pen or brush and be satisfied, even a little bit happy, with the … Continue reading Good art days and art expectations
In this day and age computers are kind of hard to avoid. I saw my first computer when I was about nine years old. It was a Commodore 64. In those days all you could do was type and print using a dot matrix printer and play rudimentary games. Even then I knew I wanted … Continue reading Make ink and see what happens
As a child, at least as early as I can remember, I believed ideas were absorbed from the universe, that our brains were receivers, picking up on the tangible experiences and events of real beings who lived beyond our solar system or in another dimension. What it meant, basically, was that somewhere in the universe … Continue reading A universe of ideas
Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.Albert Einstein The sense of wonder is a theme that comes up often when I read about creativity or biographies and memoirs of creative thinkers. Awe and curiosity drove Albert … Continue reading The Sense of Wonder