Don’t Stifle Your Own Creativity

Yesterday morning the first thing that caught my eye was a robin on my patio. I was inspired to paint him, but hesitated for a moment. I’ve been painting the beach and beach related things since January. A robin doesn’t fit into my theme. Then I had a break through thought – I’m letting my themeContinue reading “Don’t Stifle Your Own Creativity”

Daily Creative Habits – Take 2

Day 1 again. With vacation and other busyness behind me, I’m trying to get back into the creative mode! Back to turning creativity into a habit (again). I played around on my iPad this morning. Later I pulled out my sketchbook. I wrote a new checklist to keep me on track. Creative Checklist: Daily sketchbook work WeeklyContinue reading “Daily Creative Habits – Take 2”

Back to Daily Creative Habits

For the past couple of weeks I’ve done minimal drawing and painting. Periods like this seem to be a pattern for me. I think about doing creative work all the time, but I put everything before it – even binge watching shows on Netflix. It’s not creative block. I have tons of ideas. I just can’tContinue reading “Back to Daily Creative Habits”

Starting Can be the Hardest Part

I can write all about the benefits of creating every day, but there are some days where I’m busy, or sick, or just don’t feel like it. So what to do then? If I really don’t have a second, or I am sick like last week, I put in extra time the next day. UsuallyContinue reading “Starting Can be the Hardest Part”

Creative Habits

Early last year, I was struggling to get back into a creative routine. I spent a lot of time thinking I should draw or paint, but for some reason I couldn’t motivate myself to pull out my art supplies and get going. I knew starting was the hardest part, but still I couldn’t do it. ByContinue reading “Creative Habits”

The power of creative prompts

Happy New Year! I took the last few days “off” from my daily drawing and painting, but I’m gearing up to spend every day in January painting the beach. I did spend a day or two getting a head start on this project. But there were more days where I thought about getting started butContinue reading “The power of creative prompts”

I’ll admit it…There aren’t any daily creative habits going on here :(

I admire those that have committed to a daily creative practice and keep to it. People like Crystal Moody and Charlie O’Shields and so many others. But I can’t do it. I’ve done it for short spurts – 14 days for Valentine’s Day or 17 days for St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve done numerous consecutive daysContinue reading “I’ll admit it…There aren’t any daily creative habits going on here :(“

Lessons Learned on my Creative Journey

In the beginning, I paused every few months and wrote about what I’d learned so far about creating art, and about myself. Just 1 post shy of 300 posts I decided to reflect again. Here is what I’ve learned on my creative journey: There are ups and downs in a creative practice. Stick with it throughContinue reading “Lessons Learned on my Creative Journey”

An Interview with Crystal Moody of a Year of Creative Habits

At the same time that I made my creative resolution, December of 2013, Crystal Moody challenged herself to build her own creative habits by doing one little, creative thing each day. In 2014 she made a drawing every day, often photographing it with her breakfast. In 2015, she painted each day, and her journey continuesContinue reading “An Interview with Crystal Moody of a Year of Creative Habits”