Like Riding A Bike - Getting Creative Work Done
I’ve always disliked goals – maybe it’s because my goals weren’t set in reality.  I tried goals to “do a painting every week”, or “make set amount of money” but it just ...
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How Birds Give Us a Sense of Wonder
One of the most precious gifts I received as a child was a large picture book of birds painted by the 19th century ornithologist/artist, James Audubon.  It was from my grandparents in ...
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Creating Space
I have been thinking about “space” lately, while replanting some shrubs and trees.  Having to consider how much space something like an apple tree will need when it is full grown is difficult while ...
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Do Trees Feel Time?
Walking through a forest I often think I am probably barely registering the very tip of what is actually happening there – the local language and lives of the resident plants and ...
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Peace is in Patience
I think “patience” is an underrated, yet very valuable quality to have.  Patience means being able to tolerate long periods of things not looking like they are progressing, or are like they ...
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Tapping Into Creativity
It was one of those days where you feel like a walking accident waiting to happen; everything you touch either breaks, falls or doesn’t work. My accompanying state of mind was scattered ...
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How Decisions Factor in Art
I often mention to my drawing students that being an artist means you have to make art decisions. What to work on, when to work, how long, what subject matter; once you’re ...
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Getting Into the Water
What motivates us to draw, play the guitar or do anything that we have at one point decided will change the quality of our lives, help us grow, make us better people ...
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Living Room
My initial inspiration for this image was to paint a cozy living room in a dark inhospitable setting as a reflection on how people support each other and find connection within challenging ...
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The Art of Noticing Things
Have you ever played Boggle and found every word there was possibly to find, only to suffer the shock that your opponent found fifteen words you didn’t see at all?  In life ...
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