Quiet people have loudest minds

The perks of being a wallflower For whatever reason, there seems to be this perception in our culture that those who know speak up, while those who don’t stay silent. In other words, the loudest bird not only gets the worm, but it also gets the money, fame, and recognition too.[...]

Speak your Mind

Today I will create

These days it’s far too easy to get distracted. Whether it’s sorting through hundreds of spammy emails, posting updates on Twitter, or  watching adorable cat videos on YouTube — it is way too easy to fall down the endless rabbit hole that we call the internet and not get anything[...]

Create Something Today

choose progress over perfection

Sometimes we can’t let go. We revise, we edit, we touch-up, and we never feel that it’s finished. Maybe we like to think of ourselves as perfectionists, or maybe we’re afraid to finish because then we would have to admit that it’s the best we could do. Once again we’ve fallen[...]

Choose Progress over Perfection

Try and Fail

Nobody likes to screw up. None of us wakes up in the morning and say to ourselves. ‘I really hope today’s the day that I totally ruin this painting or write another blog post that completely sucks!’ We don’t plan to fail, but sometimes it happens and that’s okay. We make mistakes,[...]

Fail. Learn. Repeat.

Just because I give advice

Advice is one of those things that everyone loves to give but nobody likes to take. They also say, however, that there are two ways to learn something — from other people’s experiences or your own.  So unless you have the time and energy to make all the mistakes yourself,[...]

Just because I give advice

There is always a way

Sometimes we lose faith in ourselves. We begin to wonder if anyone out there notices or even cares about what we create. We run into obstacle after obstacle that suggests we’re heading in the wrong direction. But still we create. We do it because something inside of us tells us[...]

There is always a way…

Create is a Verb

Creating isn’t an idea — it’s a verb. It’s about moving forward even when you can’t see where you are going. It’s about doing the things that scare the crap out of you. It’s about putting things together or tearing them apart into something the world has never seen before. Something that[...]

Create is a Verb

You are not a drop in the ocean

Sometimes we get fooled into believing that what we create doesn’t matter. We forget that we are a part of something much larger than ourselves. Although we have been forged by our culture, our family, and our past experiences — our voice is still ours alone. We must learn how[...]

You are larger than life

to begin begin wordsworth quote

  Let’s face it, it’s never a good time to get started. No matter where we are in our life, there will always be a reason to wait.  We need more time, more money, more education, more experience. We tell ourselves that when things slow down, we’ll get started. These[...]

To begin, you just have to begin

Normality is a paved road

Being considered normal is a strange thing (not that I would really know). On one hand, being normal indicates a sense of belonging and membership into a group.  Being normal means that you are in the majority or at least similar to the people you are hanging out with. Normal[...]

Normal is Overrated

Every moment and every event

  Everything you do matters. It may not matter to anyone else, but everything you think and everything you do has the ability to change you — either for the better or worse. As Thomas Merton said, every moment and every event that happens to you, plants something in your[...]

Plant Something in Your Soul

Stop Trying to be Happy

  Sometimes we just try too hard… We try to be perfect. Sometimes we are so busy attempting to get everything done on our to-do list, that we forget why we are doing any of this in the first place. We forget that it’s not always about selling our next[...]

Stop Trying to be Happy

The Artist Never Entirely Knows

100% (not) Guaranteed! When you choose to be a creative artist, there are no guarantees. There are no promises or assurances that our latest project will be a success, but we do it anyway. We are always incomplete. We will never have everything we (think) we need in order to[...]

The Artist Never Entirely Knows

Comparison Is the Thief of Joy

  Nothing good comes from comparing ourself or our creative work with someone else. When you start comparing yourself to others, you end up with two outcomes, neither of them are very helpful to you.  Either you fall into the insidious trap of believing your creative work is inferior to[...]

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

All we have to decide is what to do

  We often spend so much of our day frantically running from place to place trying to check the items off our to-do list, that we forget — We forget that we have a choice. We forget that despite what we may tell ourselves as our exhausted little head hits[...]

All we have to decide

Make Beautiful Things Even If Nobody Cares

  Sometimes it’s difficult impossible to know exactly what our audience wants to read, see, or hear. You can never be sure if what you create is going to connect with your audience, or even if they are going to care.  Especially these days with the instant feedback of sites[...]

Even If Nobody Cares

Discover More Beautiful Things Monet

For those who have the ability to see it, the world around us is bursting with possibilities and beauty. As artists and writers we grab our tools and clumsily try to recreate the image that we see in our mind. However there is far more out there than we will[...]

Bursting with Desire

I own you coffee mug

 Can coffee really make you a better creative artist? Sometimes we get sucked into believing that everything has to be just right before our creative muse will speak to us. We have to have the right tools, the right amount of time, the right tunes playing, or even the right[...]

Chains of Habit

ee cummings quote be yourself

Most of us learn on our first day of school that it’s not always good to stand out — to be seen as different. We quickly learn that the oddballs are shunned and the rule breakers often get punished So do everything we can to blend in, to keep ourselves from[...]

Never Stop Fighting

Jim Henson quote life's like a movie

Despite our current circumstances or what others may have told you, we are the creators of our lives. We are the directors and we have the final say about who gets to play a part in our life’s movie. Just like an actor, we sometimes have to pretend that we[...]

Keep Believing, Keep Pretending

Be Yourself Quote

  Just be yourself … Sure it’s easy to say, but it’s not always so easy to do. Why is that?  I mean what is so hard about being the person you already are? Well honestly it wouldn’t be that difficult if everyone else wasn’t constantly butting into our lives[...]

Be Yourself

If you want to be a writer write

  Don’t waste any more time sitting around waiting to be picked or look for someone else to give you permission to do what you want to do.  This isn’t your 10th grade gym class, this is your life. If you want to become a writer, an artist, or a musician[...]

If you want to be a writer…

Life is the Art of Drawing Without an Eraser

  Why are we always so afraid of making mistakes?  I don’t know about you, but I still have this tendency to beat myself up whenever I discover that I screwed something up ….again. As much as we would like to think otherwise, we end up creating our life as[...]

No Erasers = No Mistakes

What is enough Van Gogh

When is enough enough?  When is the effort needed to chase the dream no longer worth the price you’ll have to pay? When is it time to start enjoying the things you already have in your life? They say that the best things in life are free.  Things such as[...]

What is enough?

Bob Dylan- Destiny Quote

  Is it fate or simply arrogance? Is it really our destiny to succeed, or is it just our over-developed creative ego talking? When do we know if we’re really the creative artist that we think/hope we are? When exactly does perseverance turn into foolishness, and when does self-confidence become[...]

When to Give Up

You Are the Books You Read the Films you Watch

  They say that we become the average of the five people we hang around with the most.  And although it may be true that the people we hang out with have a profound impact on our lives, I also think that it goes much deeper than that. Everything we feed[...]

You are the books you read…

Go For it Quote - SkinnyArtist.com

Should you or shouldn’t you? How many times have you found yourself in a situation like this, staring at another new opportunity or direction in your life?  Now how many times in the past have you backed away from something like this because of the uncertainty it would bring?  Why[...]

Stop staring, start living!

Anything can be

  When I hear the words “Anything can happen“, I never know exactly what to think. One one hand I hear that little voice inside my head urging me to keep moving forward with my latest project. At the same time, however, I also hear a slightly more menacing voice uttering[...]

Anything can be…

More Important than Fear

It’s pretty easy to have courage when we’re not afraid, but that’s not really the point is it? Real courage is about doing something even if it scares the crap out of us. We do it not because we are brave, but because we’ve learned that there are things out[...]

More Important than Fear

Not being heard is no reason for silence

You have to find a way to use your creative voice even if no one else seems to be listening.  Create because you want/need to create, not because you want to be heard.  Being heard is about fame and recognition for what you have done, but creation is about having[...]

Use your Creative Voice…

You're time is limited so...

Most of us have been been living our life on auto-pilot for so long that the thought of doing something (anything) different obviously scares the crap out of us. Sure we go through the motions. We say that we want things to change, but we don’t. We want approval. We[...]

You’re time is limited so…

Practice Art

Every time we sit down to practice our art, it changes us.  It’s been said that we’re not the same person that we were yesterday, nor the person that we will become tomorrow. So every day that we don’t find the time to practice our art is an opportunity wasted.[...]

Practice your Art

Faith is Taking the First Step

Faith is about taking that first step even when you’re not sure you are on the right path. It’s about having faith in yourself, faith in your abilities, and faith that you are doing what you were meant to do. Having faith doesn’t mean that you are guaranteed success or[...]

Taking the First Step

Live a Creative Life

 How can we live a more creative life? It’s been said  that we learn very little from our successes. After all, it’s really not that difficult to read a gushing review of our work or to deposit that big fat commission check in the bank. So what exactly do we[...]

Live a Creative Life

Welcome New Year

We once again welcome a new year that brings with it a message of hope.  A dawning of a brand new chapter in our lives that shows us that it’s okay to let go of the past and start again. It’s a reset button. It’s an opportunity to reinvent ourselves[...]

Welcome the New Year

Wishing and Wasting

In our society we are often taught to set goals, visualize our success, and picture the person we would like to become.  Be more. Get more. Achieve more. Wherever you are in life — never be satisfied. Never be content with where you are or what you currently have.  Living[...]

Wishing and Wasting