Joy In Creativity

Life is difficult enough as is, but imagine how much worse it would be without the arts. Whether we are talking about the fine arts, performing arts, culinary arts, or even martial arts, much of what makes life worthwhile is the product of creativity more than practicality. Of course, we need food, clothing, shelter, and…

From Picture To Post (Or From Post To Picture)

One of the greatest joys of the creative process, at least for me, is surprise. Among other creative outlets, I write every day. Some days, I start with a clear idea as to what I want to write about. On other days, I simply start and wait to see what happens. In either case, what…

On Medium And Materials

We may have a vision for what we want to create, but the medium and the materials we are working with have a say as well. Between inspiration, intention, and creation, things often change, and the way that our work manifests may be totally different than what we first envisioned. This is part of the…

The Joyful Mystery Of Creativity

We do not necessarily get to choose what inspires us. If we are dedicated to doing creative work, we must rely to some degree or another on inspiration. We do not always know where it will come from. It may be intrinsic or it may be extrinsic. Our job is to show up, to be…

Art Is A Shared Story Of Emotion

“I’m not serving a menu. I’m serving a story. I’m serving my soul. I’m serving a conversation and I want you to talk back to me. I want you to dialogue with me.“—Dominique Crenn Within every artistic expression and experience, there are always many stories being told. There is the story that the artist tells…