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Are Artists Too Sensitive?

Are Artists Too Sensitive?


Posted By on Jan 7, 2016

Are Artists Too Sensitive?

I was recently having lunch with two friends who are both creatives. As we weaved through our conversations, eventually we landed on the subject of sensitivity. One of my friends mentioned that her mother used to say to her, “You’re just too sensitive,” as though it were a character flaw. Something that definitely needed fixing. I found myself smirking because my own parents have told me the same thing and recently mentioned it in the context of “You know what your problem is, you’re too sensitive.” As an FYI, nobody I know that’s not sitting in front of their therapist goes soliciting others to find out what their problem is. As far as starting points go, it’s not a good place to launch from. Nevertheless, I’ve come to understand that those who are rattled by, don’t understand or don’t want to understand their own sensitivities, dismiss it within others. This might not seem like a big deal but if your gift to the world in any way involves a shred of creativity,...

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What Would You Create

What Would You Create


Posted By on Dec 18, 2015

What Would You Create

It’s been a very long time since my last blog post and the reason being was that I wasn’t sure what type of conversation I wanted to have with anyone who wanted to read what I put out into the world. What I would like to share is a personal story that has been unraveling over the past few months. Back in September of this year, I experienced a significant health issue that made me question whether I would experience my life as I’d always known, because of limitations that were potentially going to become my everyday realities. I wasn’t going to die, but I got scared enough that I asked myself the question, if I did, what would I want to leave the world? I knew immediately what the answer was. I want the world to have my art. It’s the purest form of my personal expression, as a unique extension of my heart and soul. A gift that channels through me via an intelligence far greater than I can understand.

My health scare improved over time, but in those early days full...

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Advocating For Your Ideas

Advocating For Your Ideas


Posted By on Feb 27, 2015

Advocating For Your Ideas

In art school when you’re involved in making project presentations for critique in front of your professors and peers, you are repeatedly in the position of explaining your thinking and process. It used to be an anxiety induced experience for me because I used to work off of instinct before I knew how to advocate on behalf of my ideas. I wasn’t always sure why I solved a design problem the way that I did, but when enough time had been spent trying to understand, create, iterate and wrap-up a project, then it felt “ready.”

Nowadays, I find that part of my job is to be a full time advocate for ideas. While some clients come to the table with a vision, most don’t. Not only is part of my job to curate designs in a tangible form, but sometimes I have to empower my client to advocate on behalf of a chosen direction. Mostly because in organizations, my point of contact is having to win over others, if I’m not the person presenting my own work. Therefore, it’s not just me...

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Is it Possible For You To Be Creative?

My office space is sandwiched between the offices of about a dozen or so therapists, which I find ironically interesting due to the number of self-help books that I’ve read over the years to make peace with my choice of being a creative/artist. One of the therapists that has an office across from mine happens to have an interesting voice and she often reminds me of Barbara Streisand. I don’t know her very well but the other day, I asked her if she sings? I saw a little smirk in the side of her smile, like I’d touched on something that had come up many other times. She said that it’s something that she would have liked to explore but that it wasn’t possible at this time. Then as she looked around my office, she said, “I would have liked to have been an artist,” and my response was, “You can. Anytime you’re ready to start, it’s available to you but you have to show up for it and do the work, like anything else.” Then she said, “No, you have that something that I...

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How Do We Do It?

How Do We Do It?


Posted By on Oct 22, 2014

How Do We Do It?

As a creative person, I can tell you that no two projects that I’ve worked on have been identical. Some I’ve taken on without knowing how to actually complete them. The first time I did this was for a family of icons for Hewelett Packard. I hadn’t done something like that before and wasn’t even sure that I could get all of the icons to look like they were stylistically in the same family. While I was thrilled to have the project and needed the money, I was pretty scared of how things would turn out.

Looking back, it’s a mystery to me why the art director that hired me, had so much trust in my abilities. Several weeks and many rounds of icons later, I was able to pull it off. That experience became an important lesson in my career. One that taught me that if I can solve problems, then there’s an infinite number of things that I can do within the realm of design. (This bit is universally applicable…not just in design)

My dated thinking had gotten me...

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Your Signature Please

Your Signature Please


Posted By on Sep 19, 2014

Your Signature Please

Thematically, I’m trending on the topic of invisibility with my posts as of late. I am embarrassed to admit that after getting a degree at an accredited private art school and practicing my craft for over a decade, that I didn’t bother to sign my name when I put my work out into the world. As a graphic designer, I figured that I had no business signing my work on commercial projects because at the end of the day, the client owned the rights to what I had made for them. Even if that was all fine and good, I had an entirely different reason for not signing my artwork. It had to do with the following bundle of insecurities:

  • I didn’t think that I was a legitimate artist (See post on imposter syndrome)
  • I was more interested in creating the work than getting credit for it.
  • Didn’t think that anyone else cared whether my name appeared or didn’t appear on my work. Maybe...

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