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 →

The lost art of sewing

Before the wonderful TV show Mad Men made us conscious of how we have exchanged sophistication and "dressing up" for casual comfort in our clothing in the last forty years, I had felt for some time that something was "off" with clothing design and quality.  Buying modern, unique, quality clothing at mid-range prices has been... 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 →

At the intersection of the arts and science

I heard someone say today that engineers and IT people have an "emotional barrier" and that top-level messaging coming out of my team should be more rational.  As a marketing change agent trying to push through a big idea, I sat back, listened, and took notes.  This topic preoccupied me for the rest of the... 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 →

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