How I became a better presenter, thinker, and problem solver

In my last post, I described how I learned about UT Austin's new program Human Dimensions of Organizations and why I was investing my personal time and money in the professional seminar series.  I attended the first seminar, Maximizing Mental Agility, on November 13 and have been applying the insights ever since. Lewis Miller, HDO's... Continue Reading →

Human dimensions of organizations

I recently decided to make a financial and time investment in my education in a topic that I'm very interested in, one my alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, so brilliantly calls Human Dimensions of Organizations.  For the last five years, I've seen some negative changes in business culture that worry me.  Knowledge... Continue Reading →

Onward

I write about the creative process and its importance, but, I have to say, stepping back from a completed painting is such a joy.  In my post Confronting a disappointing piece, I described how I was determined to get my painting mojo back during the summer by taking a break from a difficult work that wasn't... Continue Reading →

What I did on my summer vacation

As I began writing this post, my daughter was looking over my shoulder and asked me if it was about how our summer vacation inspired me creatively, referencing the progress I've been making on a large painting since our return.  The answer was "yes, but..." School started last week. As the parent of a child... Continue Reading →

Pinterest as muse

I discovered Pinterest over the Independence Day weekend and am obsessed. Before I get to why I love it, I wanted to update my readers on my last post, "Confronting a disappointing piece."  Two of you commented with some excellent advice on divorcing myself from the "comfy confines of the art nursery" (love that) in... Continue Reading →

Confronting a disappointing piece

For almost three years now, I've been watching my art of oil painting unfold smoothly.  Until now.  I hit an unexpected wall on a painting I had been working on for three months.  This occurrence is so common among artists that it is practically cliché, yet I am struggling  to not view this as a... Continue Reading →

Morning pages

I began the practice of writing "morning pages" three years ago this week and wanted to celebrate this milestone by sharing my experiences with you.  If you already keep a journal or do morning pages, bravo!  If not, maybe this post can help motivate you to start. I began writing morning pages every day upon... Continue Reading →

Copying is a creativity killer

I had a recent experience, the details of which aren't necessary to get into for this post despite their high entertainment value.  The experience solidified my viewpoint on the subject of copying, and I wanted to share my thoughts with you, my readers, in a way that would provoke, engage, and encourage some good dialogue.... Continue Reading →

Artistic friendships

I have a great friend I'll call W for writer.  We worked together for six years in marketing at a high-tech company and respected each other very much.  I wouldn't say we were "friends" at the time; in fact, we didn't always agree on everything at work for a long time, until our last year... Continue Reading →

The one certainty in making art

A few posts ago, I wrote about letting go of uncertainties in art-making.  Like most, I keep bumping into this difficulty, and my lizard brain has recently been prone to such thoughts as "is this what I want to be painting right now?" or "what will my new boss think of this idea?" or "will... Continue Reading →

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