Creativity stories and struggles
Here I share my thoughts about living a creative life, about how I found more and more fun and joy in making art and looking for creativity by getting rid of my demons like fear, perfectionism, what-might-other-people-think, ugliness (what’s that anyway?), Art with a big A, dogma’s …. Everybody is an artist and everybody is creative!
I’m not a full-time “artist”. I do other work for living. (see my about-page). This blog is about the creative fun and joy part of my life 🙂
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When I'm in a creativity dip, I read Sol Le Witt's very funny and inspiring letter to Eva Hesse, suffering from creative block and self-doubt. Usually I'm in a creativity dip because I don't manage to make time for drawing and painting. The same goes for everybody:...read more
Still drowned in work at the office, so I don't manage to draw every day... because I'm tired in the evening and I get caught by "screen-sucking" activities... (Facebook, email, instagram,...) So I crawled up again from work two weeks ago seeing a video from Marie...read more
What a strange week... Bombs were thrown in Syria and Afghanistan, and billionaire world leaders are making laws to make the rich more rich and the poor more poor... Power, brutality, starvation, miserable working poor... Depressing. But did you make some art this...read more
How much I would like to be "an untroubled wholeness with the world"... [Sarah Kaufman] These last two weeks I have been again much too busy : I feel I'm being lived, rather then living enjoying life. And the first part of me getting lost is my creativity and my...read more
Here's another video about Urban sketching ! This one was made in the beautiful Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa. It's one of my favorite spots in Japan. Kanazawa is a very beautiful city, and the Kenrokuen Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan. I painted...read more
This video was made in Kyoto imperial park in november (yes I know.... long time ago! We don't find much time to edit the videos... I still have 5 other ones waiting to be edited!). I wanted to paint the beautiful gingko trees. I hesitated to post this video because I...read more
When in doubt... The monkeys in my head have been very active lately, making my self-doubt grow, telling me "I make crap and nobody's interested, telling me I'm boring or ugly, telling me I'm too old for this and that... And look at those younger ones that are...read more
Where have I been lately? So it's true what "they" say: from the beginning of february on, the good resolutions of the new year vanish? I was going to draw each day, but it didn't work out. I got sucked up in work again, too much work in the office and too much other...read more
There's no magic trick and it's not about talent. It's about time to focus and practice. So what did you do with your first month of January? I had loads of work, so I didn't take the time enough I was writing about on the 31st of December in my previous post. I...read more
Let’s take the time in 2017... “The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” [Mary Oliver in “The central commitment of creative life”]...read more