I always longed to be the type of person that carried a sketchbook and made time to draw in it every day. But even after rediscovering the joy of drawing some years ago, I’ve failed time and time again in my attempts to make this a consistent creative habit… never mind reaching 100 days of drawing in a row. So often I would get inspired to draw and begin carrying my sketchbook with me for a few days in a row, or even a week. But life would always seem to get in the way and my sketchbook would soon go back to sitting on the desk… again. [Read more…]
I’m a big fan of Matt D’Avella and I enjoy a lot of the content he creates on his YouTube channel. I found myself tremendously inspired by this recent interview he did with Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.
In this short video, McKeown explains that if you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will. I would even go so far to say that if you don’t prioritize your life, everyone else and everything else will. I know I’m finding it harder and harder to escape the state of busyness and overwhelm I seem to constantly find myself in. This certainly has a direct impact on my ability to find enough time for creative work. [Read more…]
Close-up photography or macro photography can open up a whole new world of creative possibilities for you as an artist. It can challenge your powers of observation by forcing you to look at an object from different viewpoints in order to find interesting patterns, shapes, and textures. I know that when I haven’t picked up my camera in a while, close-up photography is one of the best ways I know of to get that creative mojo back. If you’ve never really given this form of photography a chance, here are some tips to help get you started. [Read more…]