Creative Play Newsletter – Finding Surprises

A dear friend of mine sent me a calendar this year that has inspirational quotes on it. This month, there’s a quote from Leo Buscaglia that says “Boredom arises from routine. Joy, wonder, rapture, arise from surprise.”  Dr. Love clearly never lived through a global pandemic; boredom is part of our daily life. But, he […]

Creative Play Newsletter – Let it All Go

Over the last few months in this newsletter, I have been writing about how to overcome your COVID block and how to use your sheltering-in-place time to craft a vision and strategy for your creative work. But, it’s still hard to focus and to create right now, isn’t it? There’s so much uncertainty and life […]

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Creative Play Newsletter – Crafting Strategy

Last month I wrote about how to define a vision for your creative practice. Visions are important because they define the end goal; they help you to understand where you are going. What they don’t do for you, however, is to tell you how to get there. That’s where a strategy comes in. Your strategy […]

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Creative Play Newsletter – A Clear Vision

I think I have mentioned that when I am not spending time on my own creative practice I work as a Digital Strategist. That means that I have spent 20 years developing visions and strategies, roadmaps and plans, for corporate customers. Imagine what a head-smacking moment it was recently when I thought, “I should use […]

Creative Play Newsletter – Managing Change

The challenge I am working on this month is fitting a creative practice into an already busy schedule. I have had the luxury of time over the last few years and that time has been invaluable as I have explored my voice as an artist, worked in series, and hung my first solo exhibit. But, […]

Creative Play Newsletter – Commit to Creativity

Six months ago I wrote about an article by David Brooks in which he introduced the idea of a second mountain in life, the one of meaning and purpose that an individual begins to ascend when they understand that the first mountain of achievement and financial reward is not the ultimate goal. Brooks’ book The […]

Creative Play Newsletter – New Beginnings

In last month’s newsletter, I discussed how to bring on spring after suffering through the dark time of a creative winter. I wrote about beginning new projects and the process for getting started.  I missed the connection at the time, but that turns out to have been a very appropriate article for July because it […]