Whether I “Can” or “Cannot” really does not matter. Not if I’m talking about making art, or overcoming a debilitating CRPS or EDS flare up. I need to focus on what I “Can” do at that moment, and place my “Cannot” where it belongs. Problem is, it can be really hard. When I hear myself […]Read More Emotions: I CAN/NOT
Jana’s Sketchbook No. 8 Being an artist can be difficult. We artists endure a wider range of expression and experience than many. Our ups are higher than words can express, and our downs go deeper than we would ever wish for others. Add in a few loops and spiral turns and we just want the ride to stop. Does […]Read More The Creative Roller Coaster & the Sturdy Rock
I was at lunch recently with a friend and somehow we got on the subject of twin whirlpools. I had never heard of them. She mentioned that people kayaking experience them in rivers, and that the only way out of them is not the logical way out. One would think to paddle forward or across, […]Read More Stuck Between the Past & the Future
“Less is more.” > Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (The best design and art work is simple, straight to the point, has one concept, a single idea, is focused, etc.) I always start any project with my sketchbook. I immediately write, scribble, and/or doodle. I consciously try to let go to allow creativity to happen. […]Read More Clear the Way for Creativity
Be Still & Listen I have several creative projects going. These projects are things that I have been wanting to do, but haven’t. They are things that I know I should do, but haven’t. And, they are things I don’t even know I need to do yet. When I add these things to my already […]Read More Step 1 for Creativity: Be Still
Many of us are bombarded daily with various levels of chaos. We may have a difficult time finding quiet, yet it is in the quiet, the calm, and the stillness that we can create. So, I scribble. I scribble without fear of judgement. Without fear of getting it right. I just scribble. I scibble to […]Read More Find Creative Freedom: Scribble
Allow Creativity to Drive There is a time to be proud of what you have accomplished. It’s a time to celebrate and build a monument to achieving a victory–as long as you know it was the right victory. There is a time to be confident in your abilities. It’s a time to courageously push past […]Read More Ego & Pride in Creativity
I learned it as a child; I learned it in the workplace; I learned it as an adult: Bad things are bad, and good things are good. We are taught to be good and do good, so that good things will happen. We are taught that if we are bad or do something bad, bad […]Read More Are Bad Things All Bad?