I am feeling quiet. It is a noisy and bothersome quiet. I keep trying to speak, and I stop myself. I enter words and start updates over and again and then delete. When I do post, often after many mis-starts, the words are disjointed. They are easily misread or misinterpreted. Even I am not sure…. Read more…
Three pinwheel-themed sketches that formed a mini-series of sorts in response to a Wonder31 prompt. These daily sketches are part of my personal creative routine.
I wanted to get a podcast out in time for those of you considering the weeklong One Week 100 People challenge Liz Steel is doing, March 6-10, 2017. I especially wanted to post a podcast in advance of this because I’ve been toting around an awesome book on people sketching for weeks. It’s perfect as…. Read more…
In Episode 226: stories about our childhood and creative origins, and a book about William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet.
In Episode 225 of the CMP, the creative journey continues with confirmation of the flamingo, a coyote, a coffee, discussion of age-old questions like “If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book (or 10) would you want with you,” and a close-up look at a journal from artist Sabrina Ward Harrison. I love this journal as a collected look at her art as well as an inspiring workbook someone could inhabit and “fill in.” I have talked about Sabrina Ward Harrison’s books in previous CMP shows (long, long ago), and it was incredibly inspiring and exciting to look at this book with fresh eyes and in the context of “now.”
The screenshots above are from the Giorgia Lupi – Information Designer video of a talk Lupi gave at the School of Visual Arts. Getting My Feet Wet with Data Tracking February is almost over. All month long I have been taking a closer look at data tracking questions, processes, approaches, and visualization techniques and strategies. My…. Read more…
A random plastic flamingo sighting, thoughts on the creative journey as horizontal wall climbing exercise, and a book about poetry for all ages.
Additional links and resources for personal data and documentation projects/musing.
Daily sketching, the inner critic, and self-acceptance. You have to keep on creating your work, even if it isn’t like anyone else’s and even if others pass you by. Wave back as they pass, and just keep doing what you are doing.
Thoughts on fountain pen inks, the mind-boggling amount of time it takes to run through a cartridge, the allure of a crazy green ink that may be my next fill, great resources for fountain pen inks and content, and tracking and documentation projects. Plus, a book on embroidery and one on mindfulness.
Curtains, alarms, Mad World lyrics, data logging and tracking, the difficulty of turning a practice into a habit, a postcard prompt from Tammy of Daisy Yellow, and a great book from Keri Smith.
A coffee-themed sketch for the Wonder31 prompt series.
Thoughts on seeing, on the baseline parameters and “tried and true” contours that help us understand who we are, on wearing black, and on really funky, Steampunk-inspired goggles… and the value of using some other kind of lens to help you see beyond what you already know and believe.
A renewed focus on bullet journaling, coupled with a documentation and personal data focus and daily sketching has led to a jumble of open and in-progress sketchbooks and journals.
A “documentation” project for February, just a toe in the water to do some more deliberate tracking of personal data… and at the end of it… to explore the process of visualizing that data and turning it into something creative. For the most part, I plan to track creative-oriented data… data that will help me see larger patterns in my day to day, creative energies, and creative journey.
An opening look at tips, tricks, and techniques for using Evernote to maximize and organize your creative life.
The importance of freeform journaling (freewriting) in helping make sense of a restless brain. Plus, a weaving-themed storybook biography of an artist.
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Inspired by the “idea” of the 3191 Miles Apart projects, thoughts on the importance of creative friends, people with whom you can share daily creative work without explanation or justification. What did you draw/make/write/create today?
Another library trip, unexpected smells, noises, and a pig in a window. Follow along for thoughts on this year, my plan, the ways in which I am plotting a creative path through 2017.