Listen To Your Work

“The paint is talking to you. The brush is talking to you. The canvas is talking to you. Your job is to listen to what it is saying, to follow it where it takes you, and to share what you find with others.” —To my daughter One morning while I was writing, my daughter sat…

Trading Excitement For Creativity

In order to be creative in one aspect of our life, we may need to be boring in another. Creativity is not an infinitely flowing wellspring we can tap into any time we choose. It requires space. It requires dedication. And, it demands attentiveness. Being that we are limited in our capacities for each of…

Creating Our Lives

It is important to have some medium through which we are able to express ourselves. Much of our life these days is spent on the receiving end of information. We are bombarded with input and spend endless hours consuming other people’s ideas, opinions, and agendas. It is easy to forget that we are creative beings….

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…

A Path Of Errors

“Honor thy error as a hidden intention.“—Brian Eno, Oblique Strategies When we do creative work, we will make a lot of mistakes along the way. At least that is how it will feel. Our projects will not always come out the way that we wanted. We will sometimes find it difficult to get our ideas…