What If I Mess Up?

The blank pages are there for when, not if, we make a mistake. It was early in the morning. So early, in fact, that the sun was still not up. My wife, daughter, and I were wide awake, even if a bit dazed, in a new timezone, after a long day of traveling and a…

Change is Inevitable: Create Your Own

“I enjoyed doing this at a specific time in my life, with a specific group of people, and under a particular set of circumstances. Things have changed.” -Anonymous One of the challenges of working with or for someone else is that they may change. Their direction or focus may change. If we are talking about…

A Palette Is Not A Painting

If you don’t like the palette you have been given, create your own, but then make something with it. Too often we find ourselves dissatisfied with what we have, insisting that if we only had more or if we only had something different we would be happy. The problem is that, if we actually get…

Taking Giant Steps

“I was shooting for something different. Like, some of my influence was John Coltrane — I played the sax, as well. So listening to him play and the different rhythms that he had: I was trying to write my rhymes as if I was a saxophone player.” —Rakim If you only look at other people…

Freedom to Explore

Rules and boundaries are important, especially for young children, but, when it comes to artistic expression, they may be a hindrance to creativity and the reason a child ‘quits’ making art. Recently, our martial art school celebrated its second anniversary and we had a party to show our appreciation for all of our wonderful members…