Coming Soon to a Podcast Near You

After years of thinking about it and occasionally talking about it, I am finally doing it.

What is “it”?

I’m starting a podcast. I have the introduction recorded (episode 0) and will be working on the first episode later today. I hope to have more episodes uploaded in a couple days.

What is it about?

Creativity, of course.

That’s the short answer. The longer answer is it’s about helping people reconnect with their creativity and be reminded that they are creative. It’s about the creative journey called life and how we each have our own ways of living it.

It’s called “Wandering the Creative Path.”

Here’s where you come in.

  1. I would love for you to listen to it. The introductory episode is up on SoundCloud.
  2. Are you a creative who would like to be interviewed about your creative journey? Send me an email! We’ll set up a Skype call where you’ll be recorded and uploaded to the podcast.
  3. Are you (a) convinced you’re not creative or (b) in a creative rut and want a coach? Email me! We’ll do a 15-30 minute coaching session and use it on the podcast.

If you want to participate but don’t want to be recorded, send me an email anyway. We can work something out.

Happy creating!

Play!

I have started going to a local stamping group. We meet once a month at a scrapbook store. This month, the group coordinator showed us how to do a “polished stone” effect using alcohol inks.

I loved it!

I loved the flexibility of the inks and how they can look so vibrant and so muted, depending on what I added to it. I bought a couple inks and a bottle of blending solution.

When I got home, I looked up “alcohol inks” on YouTube. I found a couple things that piqued my interest. I went to Hobby Lobby on Saturday and got a starter set of inks that had a dobber, pieces of felt, 4 or 5 inks, a small bottle of solution, an instruction booklet, a small Distressed Inks ink pad, and some cards for inking.

I did a couple polished stones like the ones I did at the stamping group. Then I watched more YouTube videos. One was an artist dripping ink on a glossy canvas of some sort and blowing the ink through a straw. I had to try it. The picture with the post is what I came up with. I like it! A lot. Not just the image, but the inks.

I might be hooked!

This is a very new medium to me. Playing with it is getting me motivated and excited about other things I have in progress and need to finish as well.

When is the last time you gave yourself permission to just play with something new? For that matter, when is the last time you let yourself play, period? Have you considered that playing could be an integral part to reigniting your creativity? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Happy creating!

Planner Freebie

Yes. A freebie.

As creatives, we often have projects that wee need to know the status of even if we’re not actively working on that at the moment. It can be photos, art, writing projects, etc. It’s not usually feasible to see one project through, start to absolute finish (including placement and payment) before starting something else.

Enter the project log/submission tracker. Submission Log

This is a PDF you can download and use. It’s designed for a standard 8.5×11 page but can be resized to fit the planner you have.

(I had intended to post this last week, but I saved the post as a draft instead of scheduling it, so here it is, a gift to start off the week.)

Photo of the Day: Back View of the Crescent Hotel

If you’ve read any of this blog, you know I love Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It’s likely you have also seen some photos I have taken during visits there. Here is one I don’t think I’ve shared here yet.

Back view of the Crescent Hotel from East Mountain Lookout, Eureka Springs, AR

What You Need to Know: The Artist’s Way

Creative Commons via catchingcourage.com

I don’t know about you, but this year is zooming by. Tomorrow is August.

August.

That’s not exactly breaking news, but here’s something that is.

I am hosting an Artist’s Way Circle in my Facebook group, Keeping It Creative, Kinda… (KICK). It starts tomorrow. August 1.

Later today, I will be posting a short video about The Artist’s Way. I will tell you about the key concepts of it, the importance of Morning Pages and Artist Dates, the contract with yourself, and doing the assignments.

If you are interested in following along with us and doing The Artist’s Way for yourself, I’d be glad to have you. Feel free to join the group. We will be doing more creative challenges as well. It’s not just an Artist’s Way group. It’s a creativity group where, I hope, you will learn how to tap into and recognize your creativity.

 

Picture Day

I’ve been struggling with what to post. Do I share another experience? A video? A look into my life? What?

How about a photo?

OK. I can do a photo. Here you go.

This was taken at Robber’s Cave State Park in Wilburton, Oklahoma. It’s the stairs at the dam on Lake Carlton. With water rushing over the dam and the stairs,I liked how it looked. You can see how the water landed on the stairs and started cascading down them, too.

Stairs at Lake Carlton dam at Robber’s Cave State Park