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.

Not yet vaccinated? No worries here.

My solution…so seamless.

Greetings, readers. Just thought I’d explore the not-so-unique concept of ‘being yourself. [Sounds pretty 60’s-ish, doesn’t it?]

Anyway, here is a 2020 list of ‘be yourself’ suggestions from lifehack.com.

For you creative reinventors out there–while of course all the list items are helpful–see if 2021 is the year you ‘find a hobby that you love’. [#8 on the list.]

Don’t bother, however, with developing a COVID-safe wardrobe. I’ve already cornered that market.

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.

Pay attention to what you pay attention to…

Fellow creators:
Austin Kleon is definitely worth paying attention to…

He borrowed the quote from Amy Krouse Rosenthal, an author of children’s books and a filmmaker.

The more of Amy’s story I read, the more I encourage you to read it as well. Hers was a life of following her creative inspirations and they should inspire us as well. Her shortened life should remind us of how tenuous our own time on earth is.

I like this piece from adobe.com as well…

A few suggestions from this post:

  • Pursue your own ideas for noticing
  • Look through someone else’s eyes
  • Draw what you see


Curation Corner: Insights from Seth Godin

word cloud insights on creativity

I subscribe to Seth Godin’s daily email and it just hit me that I’ve been squirreling away his wisdom when I should have been sharing it with you. Here are three items on creativity.

Hope you get a burst [a nudge, even] of inspiration.

Successful creatives are listeners and engagers.

Noodling is better than receiving feedback.

Simply begin…

Free online creativity courses

Free creativity courses word cloud 2


It seemed to me I should be doing a little more digging and curating for you folks, so I followed this link:

10 Creative Online Courses You Can Take for Free Online

and signed up to audit

Creative Thinking: Techniques and Tools for Success
at https://www.edx.org/

Here is part of the course description:

“This course is a virtual buffet of creativity skills for you to add to your “toolbox.” The instructors encourage students to pick and choose the techniques and lessons that best serve their needs. You can learn about the “SCAMPER” method of innovation and the “TRIZ” theory for more confidence and inventive problem-solving, as well as a host of brainstorming techniques. You’ll walk away with your own system for generating ideas.”

And now, back to my other project…

kindness note



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?

Why do you create?

image by Tetiana Shyshkina [Unsplash]

Love this piece by Jake Parker.
His three main reasons:

1. Personal fulfillment

2. Reciprocation

3. Societal Enrichment

His last two lines are my favorites:

“That said, not everyone sets out to impact the world with their art, and that’s perfectly fine.

If a drawing puts a smile on your face, that’s reason enough.”


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.