Drawing for Exploration and Learning

Growing up, my teachers encouraged me to draw as an act of exploration. To let my eyes trace a line, not looking down at my drawing, but instead looking at what I was attempting to represent. I’d let my drawing unfold outside my frame of vision.

When I draw a thing — a body, a piece of fruit, a face, a flower — my relationship to that thing changes. What I know about it changes, and therefore, what I know about the world around me expands.

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Kaizen for Creativity

As this year kicks off, I’m experimenting with methods to weave new habits and creative behaviours into my daily routine.

I recently announced my new project, 52 Ways to be Creative. During each week of this year, I plan to spend a few hours developing an existing creative skill, refreshing a forgotten ability, or learning something entirely new — all in the spirit of exploration, community and growth.

I'm inspired by the calm energy of kaizen, an approach that requires making small, continuous changes over time.

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That Wabi-sabi Feeling

This year, I spend Christmas week on the Island of Fuerteventura.

Walking the streets of the surf town I was staying in filled me with a sense of wabi-sabi, the Japanese concept of transience and imperfection. In the pale architecture, the wind beaten murals, the plants filled with blooms and broken branches, the stoney black beaches, there was a sense of nature’s perfect imperfection.

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How I Got Unstuck

The past eight months have been an exhilarating time for me, and I feel more connected than ever to my life’s dual purpose of sharing my creativity and helping others to tap into their own creative potential.

This comes after a period of feeling extremely stuck. Like, waist-deep in swampland stuck. Like, ‘is my life ever gonna change or should I just accept this is it?’ stuck.

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