Some mistakes are catastrophes, doing deep, lasting damage. Others are just missteps, bruising our egos a bit but teaching us loads in the process. It’s often hard to tell the difference, though. When we’re evaluating a potential course of action, fear often magnifies risk. To our fear-addled brains, potential minor difficulties can feel like looming […]
Below, you'll find articles on the importance of creative expression.
Topics include how to overcome a fear of starting, the role of inspiration in the creative process, and why amateurs can't let creative professionals have all the fun!
Humans take mental shortcuts all the time. We kind of have to, you know? Time is short, there’s a lot to do, and it’s a big world out there. We can’t evaluate every situation from the ground up, so our brains use simple rules called heuristics to save time. Heuristics are super handy and efficient. […]
Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. — Chuck Close Do you need to be inspired in order to create? The answer seems obvious: yes. If a painting inspires its viewers, it must been created by an inspired artist, right? I say no. Inspiration makes for a […]
You have a hobby you love, and you’re good at it. Good enough to make a living, maybe. You also have a day job you don’t love. Should you quit your job and start a business? Should you turn your hobby into your career? It’s a fascinating question, and I’ve lived both sides of it: […]
What is an orchestra audience paying for, exactly? Why would an art lover buy a painting from a local artist? When a college freshman visits his academic advisor, what is he hoping to find? The answers seem self-evident: Music, art, and information, respectively. Duh. But we’re missing a crucial ingredient. Well-Executed Art Isn’t Enough If […]