52 Ways to Be Creative: Bringing a Beginner's Mind to Life Drawing

Week 1 was all about getting back to basics. I grabbed my A3 drawing pad and my pencil case, and made my way to a community centre not to far from where I live in East London.

When I arrived to the art room upstairs, it was already full of participants, and the model was fixed in a pose in the centre of the room, encircled by chairs and easels.

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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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An Introduction to 52 Ways to Be Creative

I’m super excited to announce my project for 2019 — 52 Ways to Be Creative.

Each week of this year, I will take a course, do a workshop, or take part in peer-to-peer learning related to art, design, and all things creative. I plan to develop my existing abilities, refresh a few forgotten skills, and stretch into new areas.

I’ll share what I learn along the way, and you are welcome you to join me in the process.

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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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