In the last video we talked about how to deal with excuses and obstacles that come up and distract you from making your art. We discussed creating a sacred container for your art by committing to a time and sticking with it. In case you missed it… Here’s Part One and Part Two. In this […]

In the previous video, I told the story of how I overcame artist block and eventually created the Artist Block Workshop, so that I could share what I learned with others. We talked about how being disciplined and making art when you say you are going to is key. You have to create an artistic […]

As promised, this week I’m sending out a free 3 part series about how to overcome artist block. In this first video I give a little bit of background on how I overcame artist block myself, leading me to create the Artist Block Workshop, so that I could share what I learned with others. I […]

Are you a perfectionist? Or maybe like me, a “recovering perfectionist”? Let’s chat a bit about perfectionism and creativity because it’s a really important topic. In short, perfectionism is a creativity killer. To be creative we need to be willing to fail. Willing to make mistakes. Willing to mess it up. Willing to make *shudder* BAD […]

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 […]

Feeling stuck creatively? Here’s what to do…Expose yourself to art! Well, maybe nottttt like this guy! Here are some real ideas as jumping off points: Go to a museum or a gallery. Visit an open studio event. 2. Listen to a good album. Let yourself dance! 3. Pick up that Wyeth book you have on […]