Designing and formatting my own book is surreal!

After 20+ years as a graphic designer, it’s surreal to be designing and formatting my own book. As I format the headings, subheadings, insert images, etc., I’m revisiting the copy and I’m so excited to share the content and message of the book. Creative Exploration – is a step by step six week process forContinue reading “Designing and formatting my own book is surreal!”

Creativity and Procrastination

I’ve been frustrated this summer about not finishing my creative projects. I have a bunch of ideas I want to pursue but can’t seem to get anywhere. I knew that one problem was the fact that I had so many things that I was dabbling in. You can’t move very far forward if you keepContinue reading “Creativity and Procrastination”

Twyla Tharp, “The Creative Habit,” and coming up with new ideas

I had the pleasure this week of hearing Twyla Tharp, dancer and choreographer, and author of the famous book, “The Creative Habit” speak at Hofstra University. Her book, which I already read, is on many “best books on creativity” lists. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to hear her speak. She was no nonsenseContinue reading “Twyla Tharp, “The Creative Habit,” and coming up with new ideas”

Committed to painting. No excuses!

I could have written about how I couldn’t paint this morning during my “extra” hour because they were demo-ing my bathroom. But, I realized in the time it would take to lament about not being able to paint, I could sit down and paint tonight. So I did. I started two new paintings, which willContinue reading “Committed to painting. No excuses!”

Painting every morning – week 3

My back to school resolution of painting every morning during my “extra” hour is going great! I don’t always get to paint for the entire hour, as I sometimes have things to do before I leave the house, but I sit down Monday through Friday (and sometimes on the weekends too). I remember the adviceContinue reading “Painting every morning – week 3”

Painting – a schedule and a plan

All three of my kids leave for school early this year. I decided my new goal is to spend the extra hour in the morning painting. As soon as I set the goal I immediately questioned it. An hour? That’s a long time. Usually I work on paintings in short spurts, allow the watercolor toContinue reading “Painting – a schedule and a plan”

Back to Creativity

As much as I’m excited about the extra time I’ll have once the kids are back in school, I know how easy it is to put all the “have to’s” first and let creativity slide. If I’m being honest, time is not always the factor, sometimes it’s easier to knock an item off the to-doContinue reading “Back to Creativity”

Pick a picture, pick a subject…

…and start drawing and painting. Sitting with my coffee this morning, I was beating myself up for not painting this week. But when I looked back on the week and all I did – work, back to school stuff including orientations, meetings, haircuts, doctors’ appointments, and birthday preparations – it makes sense. Okay I forgiveContinue reading “Pick a picture, pick a subject…”

Get back into a Creative Groove

After a busy week I was so excited to get back into a creative groove. But sometimes it isn’t so easy to dive right in. I may think about it, write in my notebook about it, but still I can’t seem to get going. Thankfully, I’ve learned steps to overcome this. How to get backContinue reading “Get back into a Creative Groove”

20 consecutive days of drawing and painting

My mom called to say, “You haven’t painted today.” Thanks for the reminder mom. Yesterday I didn’t feel like it but I grabbed my sketchbook anyway. I didn’t want to break my streak. I grabbed a magazine and inspired by the feathers on the cover, started drawing. One night this week I even got outContinue reading “20 consecutive days of drawing and painting”