Category Archives: Creative Life

Creative Juice #301

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Creative Juice #301

Neat things to see this weekend! Happy Fourth, everyone!

Monday Morning Wisdom #366

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Monday Morning Wisdom #366

Bowing out of the comparison game will require you to stop looking outward for affirmation and feelings of accomplishment and start charting your course inwardly, with the quiet satisfaction that you’re not in this life to see how well you measure up against others. You’re here to live an extraordinary life, regardless of what others do with theirs.

~ Steven James, “12 Foolproof Ways to Fail as a Writer,” January/February 2022 Writers Digest

Creative Juice #298

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Creative Juice #298

Lots of good stuff here.

Creative Juice #297

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Creative Juice #297

This week’s articles are a gold mine for writers, but there are pickings for other creative people too.

Creative Juice #296

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Creative Juice #296

So many of these articles touch my heart.

Creative Juice #295

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Creative Juice #295

Beautiful. Creative. Uplifting.

  • The Lucas Brothers are standup comedians with philosophy and law degrees. And they wrote the script for Judas and the Black Messiah.
  • It’s hard to get started sometimes. But, butt in chair. Daydream. Doodle. Do something to engage your subconscious. And then, suddenly, the magic happens.
  • Writing routines.
  • Six words to say to your child. I wish I’d done this more.
  • You’d like to make a quilt, but don’t have the energy for a full-sized project. How about a pillow instead? 63 free patterns.
  • For the novelists: your character must experience failure.
  • I am amazed this artist finds on-site such a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes of rocks to make his art.
  • Sculptures springing out of books.
  • Artist Robin Seiz shares her work, her journey, and her studio.
  • A children’s book illustrator shares her process.
  • What being in a coma is like.
  • Ancient art of Iran.

Creative Juice #294

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Creative Juice #294

Lots of articles for writers this week. And for non-writers as well.

Ask Me Anything

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Ask Me Anything

When I started ARHtistic License, I had one goal: to encourage and inspire people to create. I hoped to do that by giving you permission to experiment with your art, providing practical advice, and connecting artists in all genres.

I still think that’s a great goal, but I worry that I’m not doing that as effectively as I hope. So I invite you to ask me anything at all about the arts or the creative process. If I don’t know the answer, I’m willing to do some research. I want to provide content that you will find interesting and engaging, so I’m asking for your input. What would you specifically like to see more of? What media and genres are you most interested in?

Would you like to learn more about Victorian architecture, or yurts? Would you like to take better vacation pictures, or selfies? Would you like to paint rocks, or portraits?

Would you like to learn how to make kites? How to organize your sewing supplies? How to write a book proposal? How to write a song?

What are your creative dreams? Do you hope to win an Oscar for best actor? Be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Enter a quilt show? Become a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

How can I help you achieve your goals and dreams? Let me know.

Now it’s your turn. I challenge you to ask me at least one question about the arts or the creative process. Or suggest a topic for a future blog post on ARHtistic License. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Creative Juice #293

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Creative Juice #293

Things to amaze you. Things you can do yourself.

Creative Juice #292

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Creative Juice #292

Beautiful quilts. Articles on writing. Bluegrass music. Photography. And more.

  • Pets trying to hide.
  • Wildlife in Botswana.
  • Pretty quilts.
  • Round robin quilts.
  • For most of my life, I’ve been conservative in my beliefs. Conservatives resist change. However, now that the world is so insane, I see the need for change. . .
  • Prizewinning quilts.
  • Like bluegrass? Listen to some wonderful covers. The Petersens.
  • Journaling for fiction writers.
  • I had Scrivener (writing software) on my previous laptop, and I was thinking about buying it again for my new one. On the one hand, I like some of the features, but on the other hand, do I really want to spend the money? I never understood the full functionality of Scrivener anyway. Now I see there is another software, Plottr, with a free trial, and is in some ways superior to Scrivener (although I realize that’s a subjective judgment). See this comparison of Scrivener and Plottr.
  • What do Ukranian refugees need. Quilts, of course. (You had to ask?)
  • There was a wisteria tree in our front yard when I was a little girl. My dad loved flowers, and he loved that tree. Here are some beautiful ones in Japan.
  • Kehinde Wiley first appeared on my radar when his official portrait of President Barack Obama was unveiled. But did you know he’s also an accomplished sculptor?