What follows is a link to an online article is Harvard Business Review. It's about journaling, which of course can be very worthwhile too. Many creative people benefit from journaling. What really caught my attention though was the section with the title "Use Art to Ignite Your Imagination". If you scroll down a bit before halfway, you can find that section and the interesting art exercise that is suggested. Here's the link: "Want To Be An Outstanding Leader? Keep a Journal" by Nancy J. Adler.
Drawing. It doesn't take a lot of expensive equipment. It's portable! It's an easy way to keep that creative spirit alive. Here's a great article from Huffpost: 11 tips for finally starting your own sketchbook, and sticking to it.
What gets in the way of your art. I've been reading more articles about creativity, and for most of us it comes down to convincing ourselves that being creative is very important: important enough to set aside time for it. I'm guilty too - too much time on the computer reading articles about creativity! Time to go paint instead.
I hope that 2016 is a year when you get surprised - by yourself! Yes, that you surprise yourself. That you try something new, or try something old with a new boldness. That you surprise yourself by not caring as much if you fail at something because it means you tried something in a new way. Life is short. Only you can make it an adventure. Painting: "New Thoughts" by Cheryl O - acrylic collage with 22k gold foil and stone. Will be available at Westland Gallery preview show in January 2016.
I know I post this every year - but I kind of like it, and hope you do too. Happy New Year!
Thanks for the great quote, ArtProMotivate!
May peace and hope be yours this season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!