I am back.   Images continue to appear.  Different ones surprise and amuse me.  Others demand  more focus and direction.  I wonder whether I should put a title on them.  Let me explain. Titles on some art pieces are descriptive of what seems obvious.  To me, a painting of Jesus on the cross entitled “Jesus […]

I confess, this is  an extremely difficult issue for me.  Maybe it is because I am self-taught; maybe it is because I use art materials for self-understanding and self-expression; maybe it is because I am an introvert; maybe it is because of all of these and more.  All I know it that I enter a […]

I am away from my studio for the next week, but I wanted to explore briefly whether the “products” of a creative process need to be justified.  I am not exactly sure whether “justified” is the correct word here, but I think you know what I mean.  Does a creative process need an outcome?  Does this […]

So one could conclude after watching the Cleese video that, like the words “love,” “soul,” and probably others, “creativity” can be described by using words that point to it but never quite capture it directly. The best we can say is that creativity looks something “like this.”  Or, creativity requires “open systems” not closed. Or, […]

 I highly recommend you take 36 minutes out of your busy life to watch Monty Python humorist and cultural jester John Cleese discuss creativity.  He is funny, he is profound, he is spot-on.  Listen to recurring words like play, openness, time, curiosity.  I am reminded of something attributed to Pablo Picasso:  “Every child is an […]

This is my latest drawing, actually completed  today, and I want to use it to explore a fascinating  part of my experience of art-making.  (I took this picture with my I-Phone so the quality is not all that great.)  There are many ways to continue the  discussion about creativity, but today I want to observe […]

My brother, Jeff, made a comment that is worth including in this investigation of creativity.  He stated creativity is “stepping outside the small world of being human…above petty concerns and whining art.”  He knows something about this as a jazz guitarist for most of his life. (I don’t want to make this blog a venue […]