You find a structure that seems great to help you stay on track with your art or writing- something like the 100 Days Project. You choose your focus and start out with a BANG! The first days are heady, where you feel joyously connected and committed to your creative love. You see progress. You feel […]
100/100 Portrait of the artist Cynthia Morris 9 x 12 watercolor on Hahnemuhle paper.
Being an artist means getting to know yourself on a deep level. We have to dig deep into what we care about and somehow express that in our chosen medium. Making art is a process of learning to respect and love ourselves. Just taking the time to make art is a huge act of self-respect. .
Showing up over the course of several months to make portraits hasn’t been easy. Some days I was barely able to ‘phone it in’. I didn’t have as much time as I wanted to really dive in. It would have been easy to abandon it. But something I have learned about myself: I’d rather lower my own expectations and stay with it than abandon it because of some notion of perfection or excellence. .
I’m finishing a week after the rest of the tribe, barely getting over the finish line. I feel successful in my quest to improve my skills. I have had fun seeing improvement. .
As I continue this adventure of self-discovery and expression, I am grateful for the art and writing that continues to reveal me to me. Thanks for sharing in this process, and for cheering me on. Your encouragement means a lot to me.
You might not be depositing checks earned by the sweat of your pen (yet). But that doesn’t mean you can’t start becoming financially savvy with your writing or art. One of the top tips for becoming financially empowered is to pay yourself first. But how can you do that without incoming cash? Set your intention, […]
You have an abundance of creative ideas, and sometimes this overwhelms you. Here’s a process that will help you honor your creative impulses, actually do some of the things you want, and finally feel like you are honoring your inner artist. I’m working on a new book based on exercises I consistently give my coaching […]
There are lots of things that build our creative confidence. Being awake to what works in our creative process is vital to feeling happy about our creative lives. Most important to my satisfaction is noticing progress. When I see improvements and changes, it boosts my morale immeasurably. I train my clients to notice shifts, because […]
Last year at this time I was in Paris, happily ensconced in my apartment with my pal Carl. Engrossed in my self-designed artist residency, the focus of my days was spent making commissioned paintings, exploring new creative avenues and wandering Paris, taking in all the inspiration there. This was one of the best periods of […]
Getting back on the wagon.
I first discovered Maira Kalman’s funny and colorful illustrations in the Illustrated Elements of Style (Strunk and White). What could be better than a stuffy grammar book made entertaining by irreverent visual interpretations?
From there, I enjoyed Maira’s other books such as The Principles of Uncertainty. I’ve been an ardent fan and student from afar, studying her style and voice. She’s fiercely smart and joyfully expressed, and I’ve learned a lot from her visual narratives in the New York Times.
One day a few years ago, I was walking the High Line in New York with a friend. Suddenly, I spotted Maira walking with her friend. OMG! I grabbed my friend’s arm. It’s Maira Kalman! I SO SO wanted to talk to her, but when I am in the presence of someone I deeply admire, I turn quite shy. We followed her for a few steps before I realized I couldn’t bring myself to approach her.
I remain a dedicated fan and admirer of Maira’s art and multi-faceted, wildly creative life. Thank you, Maira, for being so wholly and exuberantly creative.
Last summer, while teaching my Capture the Wow class, I had the idea to do a series of cups… 365 of them. I figured, I draw a lot of cups, why not go ALL IN. Unfortunately for me, when I get an idea I often jump into action right away. I went for it. Cups […]
I spent yesterday morning wandering along Boulder’s creek path. Benches here and there gave me a place to pause and make notes about upcoming projects. Walking and writing seem to help me access insights and ideas more easily. I’m not alone in relishing time in nature to keep me creatively fueled. Many of my clients […]