A gift for a retired friend

Today is her birthday. I’m showcasing her work over the years and am looking forward to sitting down and have her provide background and art tips as we both click through the images.

Here is the page: https://retiredguys.net/superb-artwork-on-display-here/

Side benefit: Inspiration to keep plowing forward on my various projects.

Reasons to leave the recliner–the occasional splurge

It’s been so easy to settle into the daily routine of hot Italian roast, toast, and fruit around 7:30 [after The Little Commander gets his morning stroll.], followed by my daily intentional dodge of all things ‘news’ by clicking over to my personal comics page.

Just plain tuckered out from his morning neighborhood rounds.

But there comes a time when you have to embark on a mission of self-sacrifice. In this case, we waited till 9:00 for our favorite breakfast place to open.

Along with two ample breakfast sandwiches [the other halves we’ll eat tomorrow], I–to quote my wife–‘over-ordered’. The evidence is at the top of this post. To be fair to myself (and hey, if I don’t, who will?), I don’t recall her shaking her head in displeasure as I phoned in our requests.

So go on, leave that living room and look to create rather than consume some entertainment. There will be times (yesterday, for instance), when ‘consumption’ wins out.

Reasons to leave the recliner–neighborhood walks

We’ve been graced with imaginative and humorous neighbors who keep these ursine friends dressed to match seasons and current events.

When I take and share photos, I also try to keep ‘declare it art’ in mind.

So go on, leave that living room and look to create rather than consume some entertainment.

What I wish I knew as a creator

I enjoyed this fun I Wish They Had Told Me This Years Ago YouTube video by Julie of Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.

If you’re interested in meeting more artists, check out the Cheap Joe’s Artspeak series.

Fellow folks on the retirement arc: I’m hoping these occasional posts nudge you forward in your creative pursuits, or nudge you forward to finding creative pursuits.

Curating retirement sites…

word cloud with retirement web sites

Been a retiree for a while now. I’m always interested to see what others in my age range are thinking. Here are two I visit two or three times a week and a site new to me.

https://seniorplanet.org  Here’s an article on ‘how to get creative in later life’ via an interview with Julia Cameron [Author: It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again]

https://sixtyandme.com This one is directed toward women over 60, but still lots of valuable info for all readers. This post [How to Develop Creative Ideas and Get More From Life After 60] draws from content from the book Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman.

http://thirdage.com I just recently came across this one and I like the balance of topics.  From this site: Four Reasons Being Creative Will Make You Happier As You Grow Older


perfection is stagnation on chalkboard

Okay, I set the timer to ten minutes for this post on perfection and imperfection.

I have a few posts to share and I called up an image and I hope I get it done in ten minutes to reinforce my point about us creative retirees living with imperfection, but making progress along the way.

[Ghoulish thought alert: It’s not like we have a whole lifetime ahead of us, right?]

In this first post, https://mindfulartstudio.com/how-perfectionism-is-killing-your-creativity/ one of my favorite points–which follows a powerful list of mental obstacles– is:

“All this stopping makes it hard to start.”

In this second post, from SIXTY+ME https://sixtyandme.com/why-the-search-for-perfection-after-60-is-the-enemy-of-getting-things-done/ the writer addresses: 

The Paralyzing Power of Too Many Choices


Too Many Options, So Little Time

Clearly, perfectionism will haunt most of us either hourly, daily, or, if you’re lucky, from time to time.

I’m working under the ‘thumb your nose at perfectionism’ deadline, so I’ll publish now and post on anti-perfectionism strategies later on. Yes, we’ve seen them all, but it’s the reminders that help move many of us forward.

Go create something. Hey! I just did! And if I can, anybody can. 

Have a great day.

Note: Of course I didn’t make it in ten minutes…21 minutes. I’ll take it and see if I learn a lesson about the number of times I tried to polish…and did it make a difference?


happy scribbled

I’ve been a little lax in sending you resources and my study of Leonardo da Vinci [Yeah, as if he knows anything…] bore out how important sketching, scribbling, etc. was to his process. It was very much his way of thinking and learning. I’m guessing that somewhere in his thousands of notebook pages he also just plain loosened up with his quill pen on paper made from cloth pounded into a pulp.

sketching journaling

So, here are a few links to nudge you toward putting pen/pencil/charcoal/lipstick/crayon to paper…

By the way–this drawing/sketching/doodling thing? Make it just for you.

Check that annoying purveyor-of-resistance, audience-looking-over-your-shoulder master of self-doubt** at the door. And if all you do is a little doodling to loosen up for your next creative project, bravo!

Enjoy and remember, ‘try new’!

**Sunni Brown, author of The Doodle Revolution calls it ‘The Shadow’. Love that term.





Reason to Create #3

Creating art helps us deal with sadness

Creating art, especially projects unrelated to whatever is troubling you,
offers up the simple gift of distraction.

“For it isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

Eleanor Roosevelt