photo by erin clow @love&camera
Tip 31 is CREATE. One way I stay inspired in my creative adventures is having a posse of amazing artist friends, going to places that stoke my creative spark, and having an inspiring space to write and make art.
Like many artists, I work a lot on my own. Hours can go by without uttering a peep to anyone. I’m super conscious about creative solitude not turning into blunt isolation. It’s essential I weave my posse of kindred creative badasses into my weekly schedule.
Whether it’s a noodle bar lunch date with my girl Swirly, donut and teatime at Jon Ortner’s cool art studio, or my weekly Tranquility du Jour newsletters from Kimberly Wilson, moments with these folks kindle my creative imagination.
Christine Mason Miller, aka “Swirly”, has the gift of making the simplest things special. She’s a total expert at making the ordinary, extraordinary. No wonder her book “Ordinary Sparkly Moments” is being released this September.
Jon Ortner’s style of blending color, light, and movement in his paintings has inspired many a poem and article for my writing. Visits to his studio always feel like an odyssey into a mysterious and gorgeous land of paintings, photographs, artist tools, motorcycles, surfboards, and books. His paintings are hanging at Roy restaurant in Santa Barbara through July 31.
Kimberly Wilson’s Tranquilty du Jour day planner is the perfect blend of creativity and organization, keeping me both inspired and motivated. And her weekly newsletters are full of gorgeous photos and have easy DIY fun tips to help me tend my creative dreams.
It’s key to know one’s creative vortexes. My favorite in Santa Barbara is the beach. The ocean never fails to provide ah-mazing experiences. I also get lost in creativeland at Tucker’s Grove Park, and the cliffs at Isla Vista. For urban artistic flair, it’s fun to visit Los Angeles – and tuck in at a museum or café for the afternoon.
It is red and has 4 wheels. My art cart in the photo is a treasure chest on wheels. It houses all my art essentials and is always nearby and handy. I love having my art supplies out in the open, rather than stored away in a closet. This way, when my brushes and paints beckon come hither, I don’t have far to go for playtime.
Posses, places, and spaces. Essentials for every artist’s adventure into the open fields of unlimited creative possibility. Giddy up! Here’s to many happy trails in the journal and on the canvas!
p.s. Websites for above mentioned posse:
Today’s Self-Care Adventure: Make a list of your creative posse, places, and spaces. Keep this list close at heart, so that when you feel a tad dull, you will know where to go to stoke your creative spirit. Also, connect with someone in your posse today and venture into your creative places and spaces.