There is an important relationship that develops between the artist and their work. Perhaps it is more of a feeling than a relationship but the idea remains the same. I have this idea about the artist needing to gain something from what they create in order for them to value it or feel good about … Continue reading The artist and the work
Short term creative projects
I used to have a negative perception of things that didn't last. It was as though the ending nullified all that had come before it. And so I wanted everything to last forever. However in the past 6 months or so I've started to see the appeal of short term creative projects. Creating in a … Continue reading Short term creative projects
Adding new features vs making things better
When changes get made to something it usually involves adding a new feature, improving an existing one or both. But sometimes the addition of something new isn't helpful, you'd be better off improving what's already there. Often adding something new is about innovation and creativity which doesn't always result in an improved experience for the … Continue reading Adding new features vs making things better
The pros and cons of an Instagram portfolio
Some thoughts I had whilst thinking about where to share my photos in the future. I'm not a photographer but over the past couple of years my interest in prop styling/ product photography has grown and I really enjoy taking photos. I've thought about creating a portfolio website to share my work but then I … Continue reading The pros and cons of an Instagram portfolio
In search of community
I think a key part of being creative is doing it as part of a community. Community is really important. You don't need to be working on a joint project you can simply work on your individual projects together. Being part of a community can help keep you motivated and accountable, give you people to … Continue reading In search of community
What would Jimi Hendrix do?
It could be Jimi Hendrix or it could be Jesus . As much as I am a champion for being yourself and searching within to find your own way, I think having someone that inspires you can be incredibly helpful. It can helpful when you're just starting out and haven't quite found your own flow … Continue reading What would Jimi Hendrix do?
Don’t try, just be
I think it could be said that one of the biggest things that holds us back is that we try to hard to be a specific type of way or create a certain kind of thing. Often our efforts go into emulating what we have already seen done and the way that we think or … Continue reading Don’t try, just be
When the numbers get you down
I try not to look at the stats very often because I never want to be too attached to the numbers. Of course it feels great when the numbers are high, when you're getting lots of likes, comments and new followers. But when the numbers drop and you're not seeing as many likes or views … Continue reading When the numbers get you down
I'm a big believer in creativity, in art and in making things. That's the thing that has always been my joy in life. It's not something that I do for a living or get paid for. However, I value it just as much, if not more than my day job. It feels special to make … Continue reading What’s missing?
How creatives find their flow
It's much easier than you might think. The creative flow or state of being inspired is often held in high regard. It's put on a pedestal as this magical thing. People often like to ask creatives about their process in order to understand how they are able to do what they do. But the thing … Continue reading How creatives find their flow