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Answering the Question, "How do I come back from a creative slump?"

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Answering the Question, "How do I come back from a creative slump?"

I heard a question posed recently that struck a chord. The question was, "How do I come back from a creative slump?" I have an answer and thought I would share a bit of advice here:

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BRAVING the Wilderness...(What Brene has to say about ART)

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BRAVING the Wilderness...(What Brene has to say about ART)

I just re-read Brene Brown's 2017 Book, Braving the Wilderness. If you haven't read the book, I encourage you to read it. I was struck by something new this time around - Brene's thoughts about what ART means to life.

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Sharing my Story

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Sharing my Story

Since returning to my creativity, I have worked to fit art in "when I have time." And...as it happens...what this meant was that I was doing art less and less. Some months meant that I did not pick up a brush at all. This did not feel good to me. I didn't want to look back at this time, however busy, and miss the opportunity to grow in my art. So, starting in January 2019, I committed to starting every day with art. What that means to me is that I wake up at 4:30 a.m. every morning to paint. And you know what? I have never been so happy to wake up. I suspect that most people remember something that made them happy as a child. I also suspect that thing could be a source of happiness in adult life.
What made you happy as a kid? Could you do it again now that you are an adult?

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Inspired by: Spokane

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Inspired by: Spokane

If I have ever been tempted to write a love letter to a city, it has been to Spokane. The green, the bridges, the grit, the sparkle. The pioneering spirit. It is steady, yet growing. It is small town with an unexpected city vibe. Oh, Spokane. The place my husband and I spent our early newlywed years - it has a special place in my heart. For those outside the Pacific Northwest area, Spokane is a city in Eastern Washington. It is a city of four seasons with hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. From our current home in...

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Growth Mindset is the Essential Element for Artists (And...Everyone Else)

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Growth Mindset is the Essential Element for Artists (And...Everyone Else)

Have you read Dr. Carol Dweck's book, Mindset? For the love of everything that is good in love and life and business and relationships, get yourself a copy! Link here. As an artist, I think that I already have a bit of an edge when it comes to experiencing failure. In my personal experience, a lot of bad art is made on the road to breakthrough. What separates the artists that do, in fact, break through? Willingness to keep failing. Willingness to keep showing up. Willingness to not be a "natural." Willingness to admit that you are still growing. Willingness...

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