Bad References

Bad References

I usually paint from photos. I greatly admire the breathtakingly detailed work of artists like Susan Patterson https://susanpaterson.ca. It astounds me. But I don’t want to paint that way. Painstakingly, with small brushes, sitting close to the easel. A looser...
Unleashing the Kraken

Unleashing the Kraken

There is nothing like unleashing your inhibitions to create. Putting the editor part of your brain on pause. Setting aside expectations. Banishing doubts, insecurities, inadequacies, outside opinions, and reason. Making the big leap into the unknown, onto the blank...
Re-Learning

Re-Learning

I find it interesting how each of our brains function differently. I am someone who has to practice repetitively before absorbing a new skill. I need to take notes. I need to check those notes, follow those directions each and every time, until, hopefully, I can...
Frittering

Frittering

Time.  A desperately needed commodity for creators.  Think of all the times you have wished for more of it. Time to get into that painting series, to finish the novel. There is never enough time. Life gets in the way. Juggling family, friends, work, demands...
Work Spaces

Work Spaces

I used to think that you couldn’t create unless you had a designated space, all your own, that was comfortable, that you could leave stuff all over the place undisturbed until the next time. There had to be light. There had to be quiet.  But of course this...