Creative Tribes

Even without my practice, I have an eclectic group of creative people in my life. My creative tribe includes filmmakers, glass mosaic artists, photographers, writers, dog trainers, programmers, entrepreneurs, dance…

Share Your Vision, Your Values, and Your Story with Your Customers

In a recent post, I talked about my client, Dale, who is in the craft business. We were on the discussion about his artist bio, and Dale told shared with…

The Zen of Cleaning the Pagoda

Oranges, and lions, and bakwas! “Oh my!” as George Tikei would say. It’s Chinese Lunar New Year! Yes, it’s that time of year when every member of the Chinese family…

8 Ways to Support Your Local Creative Community

Although many communities support local businesses, supporting local art seems to be a different story. Our homes are filled with poster art of long dead artists, our furniture looks like…

Endless Impossibilities Before Breakfast

One of my favorite television shows right now is “Fringe“ (FOX). I love the exploration of what is possible and what is impossible. The show’s tagline, “Endless Impossibilities,” reminds me…

Creativity and Productivity Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Many creative people struggle with time management and organization because many of them believe that constraints hinder the freedom to create.  The opposite is actually true.  Constraints can actually lead…

Copycats and Creative Commoditization

The famous Ansel Adams photograph, “Maroon Bells” (1964), is possibly one of the most replicated photographs among nature photographers.  Run a Google images search on “Maroon Bells” and you’ll see…

Simultaneous Discovery

History is littered with examples of what is known as simultaneous discovery, or simultaneous invention.  It’s a phenomenon in which multiple people, sometimes in the same era, and sometimes over…

Idea Hoarding

I once had a job as an assistant to a photography agent.  She was quite the busy bee running her own agency, and being a mom and wife all at…

Share Your Creativity

One of the things I cherish is being able to share my photography with my girlfriend.  She also shares her artwork with me.  We give each other feedback on how…

Discovering Creativity in the Little Things

One day, I was cooking, and it dawned on me that cooking is a form of creative art.  Every person has a different pallet, therefore favors different flavor profiles.  Each…