It is our business to be creative all the time. We publish a quarterly creative magazine – after all!
Behind the scenes, and in front, Andrea and I are always making stuff. Projects. Ideas. Words. Photos. Magazine Layouts. With our little ones and without.
And we do it all because we believe.
We believe in crafting an authentic, connected and creative life through the act of making.
We believe it for ourselves. And, here’s the super-important piece, we believe it for you.
We are always here, doing what we do, with that belief deep in our bones. Believing that if what we do inspires just one person to live life a little more creatively, we have succeeded.
Even though creativity is our work, a daily part of our job description, doesn’t mean that we don’t get stuck. We do.
But we know we can’t stay in that rut for long. We can’t stay blocked, because creativity is what we do. So we’ve had to learn how to see that we’re getting stuck and get out of it – quick!
We are always looking for new ideas, new strategies for getting un-stuck. Ideas for filling the creative well we pull from.
And, the latest book to find its way to my bookshelf surely does the trick.
Creative Block by the fabulous Danielle Krysa (known also for her inspiring work over at The Jealous Curator) is filled with inspiring interviews, artwork and creative exercises from 50 successful artists.
It is the sort of book where if the words don’t inspire you, the images will. If the images aren’t, the exercises will. A whole package for filling that well of inspiration that we all draw on day-to-day in our creative lives.
And while we’re here, talking about inspiration, talking about getting un-stuck, talking about living that authentically creative life, I thought I’d share an un-block exercise that I love. Or, if you’re not blocked but instead just haven’t been creative in awhile. This is for you too. It’s simple. So simple.
You can do it. So can kids. You can use paints, markers, pencils, whatever you like. Whatever you have.
Sit down with your medium of choice and make some dots. Big, small, open, closed, dots-within-dots. It doesn’t matter. Just make dots. And let them just be dots.
And even if you haven’t been creative in awhile, you can dot his. You can make dots. You don’t have to be a perfect anything to make dots. All you have to do is start. And sometimes, when you’re stuck or when it’s just been awhile, that is half the battle. Maybe even more than half.
Make your dots. Then stop, stand back and admire what you’ve done. You (yes, you!!) have been creative today.
And, well, that’s a pretty good feeling!