Online: Finding Your VoiceFebruary 10 - April 11, 2014 Accepting Registrations through February 17th! A contemplative and in-depth online workshop with journaling and artmaking exercises to help you tune in to and strengthen your own intuitive creative voice. Pricing starts at $49.95. Learn more here.
Free! Portland Metro Area: Loving Your Inner ArtistThursday, February 13 at In Bocca Al Lupo Fine Art, 2025 SE Jefferson, Milwaukie, Oregon, 6:00 - 7:30. As part of my one-woman show at this gallery, I'll be doing a series of readings from The Creative Conversation, as well as other writings. There will be a general discussion of creativity and how to nurture your inner artist, as well as a fun word game to get your creative self to come out and play! Seating is limited: email email@example.com to reserve your space.
Portland Metro Area: Create Your Critic (to Quiet Your Critic)March 8-9, 2014 Feeling creatively blocked? Are the critical voices in your head taking over your artmaking? Maybe it's time for Spring Cleaning . . . For your mind.
In this two-day workshop, you'll identify the frustrating demons that keep you from creating and use hands-on artmaking to pull them out of your head. You'll meet your critic face-to-face and discover how powerful your inner artist really is - once it has room! After all, the murmurings of your inner critic are like dust bunnies – the more you try to ignore them, the bigger they get. Maybe it's time to sweep that critical voice to the curb. Learn more here.
Eyes Aflame is all about Creativity.
And creativity is a skill.
For those of you who've ever said "I wish I were creative" or "I just don't get creative people" or "My creativity is totally blocked," here's the deal: creativity is like riding a bike.
Just about anyone can learn to do it, and the earlier you start, the easier it is. Not everyone is going to be a professional cyclist or win races, but almost anyone can learn to use a bike to get from Point A to Point B and most likely have a good time doing it.
With riding a bike, half the battle is learning the mechanics: how to balance, how to shift gears, how to brake. The rest is faith - trusting in those two skinny wheels and your own momentum, and knowing that if you fall, you can get back on and try again. Learning creativity is the same way - it's a mix of building concrete skills and developing the attitudes that make it possible for you to use those skills effectively.
And I'm here to help you hop on that ten-speed and fly.