Want to avoid cyclical artist block?  Try immersing yourself in the lifestyle of making art instead of focusing on the outcome of any one finished piece. Most artists, whether they admit to it or not, have a desire for recognition.  Recognition can mean a lot of things depending on who you ask. For some people […]

This is one of my favorite quotes that always seems to help me keep my chin up: “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple […]

For 9 painful years I suffered from artist block. It was something I never expected but what I’m learning is that it happens at some point to almost everyone. There are always excuses not to make art and some of them seem incredibly legitimate.  But after all those excuses when I was 4 weeks postpartum […]

The Achilles heel of an artist lies in the hope that his art is good. ―  Kapil Gupta 2. Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things. ―  Ray Bradbury 3. You have a million excuses. Write […]

Recently my good friend Kate Hollis read some Mary Oliver passages to me over Voxer (can you say “story time”!?) because that’s what nerdy creative friends do. And this quote hit me like a ton of bricks! “The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their […]

Part of the creative process is knowing that you won’t LOVE every single thing you create but continuing on anyway. It’s easy to feel frustrated with something you’re working on and tell yourself, ‘maybe I’m not that good’. I’ve done that before. There’s this belief that if it doesn’t come easy then we aren’t talented […]