The Daily Art of Living

I often think about the creative life and I think of big, vast canvases and lots of paint, or I picture a writer deep in the throes of writing a book, hardly looking up from the page or the computer screen. For whatever reason, I generally picture creativity and daily life as completely separate things, perhaps two sides of the same coin. Weirdly, though, I have never lived that way. My most creative periods have been in the midst of daily life, squeezed in between washing dishes and rushing to work. Also, I am slowly starting to appreciate the creativity … Continue reading The Daily Art of Living

Art, Coffee, a Robe, and maybe even World Peace

Sometimes, it really is the little things. I woke up early, an hour before I “needed” to be awake. I lingered in bed and read a few pages of the novel I fell asleep to. I listened for the early chirp of sparrows and pigeons and robins. Then I pulled myself out of bed and slipped into a beautiful peacock kimono robe that I bought a year ago. I savored its soft satin feel and breathed in the peace of the moment. I tiptoed into the kitchen, even though I was alone and live alone, to honor the quiet of … Continue reading Art, Coffee, a Robe, and maybe even World Peace

Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ June 23, 2014

Originally posted on Studio Mothers: Life & Art:
A regular creative practice — a daily practice, if possible — is key to staying in touch with how you make meaning. Key to living, not postponing. (Let’s all agree to give up on “someday.”) What are your plans for creative practice this week? Given the specifics of your schedule, decide on a realistic intention or practice plan — and ink that time in your calendar. The scheduling part is important, because as you know, if you try to “fit it in” around the edges, it generally won’t happen. An intention as simple… Continue reading Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ June 23, 2014

Creativity in the Everyday

What is creativity? What is art? What does it mean to be creative? What is inspiration? These questions were asked by my friends and me in side conversations in the senior year of high school while we were supposed to be doing homework. In college, we pondered them in late-night discussions with tea and hot chocolate in the dorm rooms and our apartments. We spent hours discussing and debating the answers to these and other big questions of life. Now in adulthood, we spend less time asking the questions and more time living out the answers, even when we are … Continue reading Creativity in the Everyday