Journal Flip Through

I might not be the best artist but creativity means more to me than perfection. Here are 5 pages from my reading journal That was a record of my impressions of just a few of the books I’ve read this year. If you’d like to see more, subscribe to my YouTube channel. I’m posting a…

Blast From The Past

On this day in 2016, I wrote this story. I am sharing it today because maybe you’ll enjoy seeing what kind of fiction I was cranking out a year ago. source: Happy Birthday Song It’s his birthday today. Fifteen years ago today, for the first time, I bought him a birthday card. It was yellow….

Art Effects

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island Yesterday, I told you that recently, I’ve been expressing my thoughts through sketching and doodling. I’ve been flipping through how-to books and watching YouTube tutorials on drawing cartoon figures and the very act of drawing is…

Inspired Thoughts

A few things I am doing or thinking about today, the books that inspired them and links to previous posts where I talked a little bit more about those ideas. Sketching my plans and my goals as I process them Book: Draw to Win by Dan Roam Book:  Doodletopia Fairies/Christopher Hart Blog post: Add some fairy dust …

Using Media For Inspiration

Most of media consumption this week has been from YouTube – watching and contributing. Two videos I posted lately that you might not know about if you don’t subscribe to me there (hint: you should!) … a little chat about what I read in August where I try to figure out if I prefer male or…

Sketch Me A Memory 8 19 17

“Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what…

Strokes Of Genius

Quick. What’s the name of Maya Angelou’s autobiography? If you said, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, you would be right. And wrong. You see, Ms. Angelou published not one, not two, not even three but she wrote SEVEN autobiographies. She even turned them into a series. Caged Bird is her most famous, but…

5 Ways To Be More Creative

The very word creative (create-ive) implies that there isn’t much advice that you can give – or get – on how to do it. In order to be creative, you have to do something that hasn’t been done before. So how can someone tell you how to do that? But if I had someone to mentor…

Can You Learn To Be Creative?

If a photographer’s experience was measured by the total time behind the camera, you might be hard-pressed to find one with more than a few days experience. So what does a professional photographer do with the rest of his time, you ask. Great question. The rest of his job is about seeing creatively, arranging the…

Quotes To Live By Part 2

Ever notice how you feel one way when you’re with a group of people and another way when you’re with another group? That’s because you’re influenced by the people around you, almost as much as (or more than) the influence you pass on to them. There are people who, just by being in their company,…

5 Things I Plan To Never Do Again

We should get to a point where we learn from our mistakes and take steps to stop repeating them. Sometimes, I’m not so good with that and when I find myself doing the same dumb thing time and again, I judge myself harshly. So here are 5 things I plan to never do again and…

I Write

Most days, I wake up thinking about making something… an outfit, a picture, a cake, a meal, a song, a novel, a baby… something. And on those days, when I have no choice but to respect my limits, I write. I’ve started a collection of rejection letters from agents. But still I write. I bury a lot of my stories; I…