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 […]
Hey, creative dynamo! Let’s run away with our artists together this year! I have several creative getaways planned for us and there’s still room for you to join us. Lake Louise, Canada May 22- 26, 2017 Won’t it be fun to recharge and play at a Hogwarts-esque Chateau on a lake in Canada? I’m thrilled to […]
Let’s get intimate with pastries in Paris! Pain au chocolat in the morning, a fruit tart with afternoon tea…maybe an eclair sneaked in on the run. My all-time favorite Paris pastry shop is in my new e-book.
Find out where I get the best pastries in Visit Paris Like an Artist. You will love this unconventional guide to travel and art!
Your copy is waiting for you now, and so is your inner artist. Link in profile.
Let’s run away with our artists to Paris! Link in profile to RSVP for fun.