Thursday, July 27, 2006


I have been inspired by several good books lately on the creative process. I have a habit of collecting them all at once -- from the library, it's free! Navigating through the stack is both exciting and overwhelming. One book in particular, The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be the Artist You Truly Are by Danny Gregory, encourages using your blog as a means of putting out into the world what you love, not for the intention or hope that other people will read it, but because doing so simply brings what you love to the forefront of your mind. A blog is art, just like making a meal, typing an email, moving color around with a paintbrush or pen, sweeping the front porch, writing in a journal, day or night dreaming.

Where can you create? Scott Wade uses the dirty back window of his Mini Cooper.

This book has thousands of illustrations and every word is handwritten, not unlike Sark. So it has also encouraged a new dimension in my journaling, where creativity has a chance to run rampant vs. being mired down in black and white scrawly handwriting. Doesn't it make sense to draw wherever you can, whenever you can?

For me, this summer is about remembering what I love, want, and dream about. The next step is bringing all that to the tip of the brain, tongue, and fingertips.