As an artist I believe there is always an edge of fear that needs to be challenged. That's where my creative growth happens. If I'm not testing for those limits, then I'm not growing. Challenging my self-imposed boundaries builds confidence.
I came across something this past week that reminded of an Aha I had while viewing the Matisse exhibit a few years back. I can't compare my rough drafts with someone else's finished masterpiece. Yet I fall victim to this all the time and people in my workshops often do the same thing. We're too… Continue reading Don’t Compare
Today, I welcome Elizabeth Cottrell to the blog. She is a writer and creative friend who generously offered to share her review of "Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear". Redefining creativity From the book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert: “Q: What is creativity? “A: The relationship between a human being and the mysteries of inspiration”… Continue reading Book Review – Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
The opposite of courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow. --Jim Hightower Reasons or excuses? Matisse's famous quote “Creativity takes courage” is almost a cliché, we've heard it so often. It's everywhere in memes and posters but maybe that's because as artists, we know it's true.… Continue reading Creative Courage
As kids we think being an adult means doing whatever we want. Then we become adults and we get stuck in a holding pattern, waiting for someone to tell us it's okay to do the thing we long to do.