Thursday, February 23, 2017

How do you know?

Creativity is everyone's game. We are all creative beings at all times of our lives. How we show that is what changes over time. Some artists pick up a pencil at five and are still drawing at eighty-five. Others, like a friend of mine,don't pick up a brush until their mid-fifties. Yet, my friend has been in two exhibits. What's the difference? 

Obviously, parental encouragement, economics, community, all play a part in where and when we discover how we want to express ourselves as creative persons. I prefer not to dwell on past history. That was then. this is now. So, look at now. 


  • How do you learn? Are you comfortable getting your hands dirty? Do you need to have someone show you how do to something or can you watch a video and learn? Do you have to do things is a set sequence or can you deal with randomness? 
  • What's your style? Bold and bright or gentle and quiet? Crowds or solitude? Do you want fast results or can you be patient? Sweet or spicy?
  • Why does creativity interest you? Do you have a need to express yourself without words, in paint, perhaps? Do you need an outlet for the tensions or your job? Is there something you've always thought "I could do that?" 

Now, write a few notes. Look around your place. Watch a few videos. Go with your gut. Talk to your loved ones and friends. Sometimes, they know you better than you realize. 

Ask yourself, if money and time were no object, and you could not fail, what would you try? 

Let me know.  

       

Monday, February 13, 2017

NEVER TOO LATE

Creativity is everyone's game. We are all creative beings at all times of our lives. How we show that is what changes over time. Some artists pick up a pencil at five and are still drawing at eighty-five. Others, like a friend of mine,don't pick up a brush until their mid-fifties. Yet, my friend has been in two exhibits. What's the difference? 

Obviously, parental encouragement, economics, community, all play a part in where and when we discover how we want to express ourselves as creative persons. I prefer not to dwell on past history. That was then. this is now. So, look at now. 


  • How do you learn? Are you comfortable getting your hands dirty? Do you need to have someone show you how do to something or can you watch a video and learn? Do you have to do things is a set sequence or can you deal with randomness? 
  • What's your style? Bold and bright or gentle and quiet? Crowds or solitude? Do you want fast results or can you be patient? Sweet or spicy?
  • Why does creativity interest you? Do you have a need to express yourself without words, in paint, perhaps? Do you need an outlet for the tensions or your job? Is there something you've always thought "I could do that?" 

Now, write a few notes. Look around your place. Watch a few videos. Go with your gut. Talk to your loved ones and friends. Sometimes, they know you better than you realize. 

Ask yourself, if money and time were no object, and you could not fail, what would you try? 

Let me know.  

(Sorry this is late. There was a computer glitch.)             

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

For the new year

2016 is over. Gott sei dank.

It was a year of sad good-byes and wonderful hellos, natural disasters and the stuff and nonsense that goes with them, but it's over. Can't say I'll miss it. 

Now, it's 2017 and I am still creating and encouraging creativity in others as a creativity coach. Why? We need to be creative now more than ever. We need to learn how to stay creative and centered in an increasingly crowded and crazy world. By drawing, playing guitar, cooking, writing children's books, welding metal sculptures, we creatively find ways to let go of the stress of this modern world. Not that creating doesn't have its own stresses but those we chose and can control. We draw the line, play the note, add the salt.     

We stay creative through knowledge, knowledge of ourselves, our creative goals, and knowledge of what's available to support our goals. 

Some people know early on what they want to create. They see a potter's wheel or a weaving loom and they know that they are a potter or a weaver. Others, like myself, are makers. There are some things we return to over and over but we are more willing to try new things. We have crushes on crafts. Then we return again to our first love or our third. Please don't tell us we have to make a choice.

So, how do we get this knowledge? Check back next week, and I'll give you some ideas.