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

Work for a cause not for applause quote

  Sometimes it feels like we spend so much time trying to get ourselves noticed, that we forget why we’re doing all of this in the first place.  When we base our level of success on fame, money, and admiration we soon discover that there is never enough. When we[...]

Work for a cause not applause

Go where you are celebrated quote

Far too often we stay in certain situations or with people who don’t truly support us. We continue to hang around them because we want to belong and we don’t want to end up alone. So we suck it up, we hold back, and we hide who we really are[...]

Go where you are celebrated!

Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better Quote

Let’s face it failure sucks. One moment we’re all excited about this fantastic new idea or project, and then the next thing we know, we are sitting there picking up the broken pieces of our life. Luckily for us, failure is never final. Even though we may have temporarily fallen,[...]

Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better

Power of Love Quote Jimi Hendrix

In order to find peace we must first give up our selfish desire for power and control. When we try to control someone else, we enter into a struggle that we cannot possibly win. We can choose to spend our time fighting with ourselves and others, but in the end, it[...]

The Power of Peace…

Being grateful for life

Let’s face it, being grateful for what you already have isn’t easy.  Everyday we are trained by our society to be dissatisfied. To be dissatisfied with ourselves, our career, our weight, our relationships, and even our laundry detergent. We are told that no matter what we have, it could be[...]

Being grateful for what you have

Let It Go...

Just let it go.  At some point in our lives we all have to learn how to let go.  You would think that this would be easy. It would seem that letting go would be a lot easier than holding on — but it’s not. We cling to the familiar[...]

Just Let It Go…