Watercolor Flowers

October 21, 2013 — Leave a comment

Abstract watercolor flowers and wax resist

Images of Farmland, IN

October 21, 2013 — Leave a comment

Sketches I found in my Sketchbook from a cold Saturday with Lohren, Simon and Bo.  Enjoy!!


Travels to NYC

October 9, 2013 — Leave a comment


This last week was full of travel with opportunity to sketch and read and think (as much as you can with 26 students…)  Thought you might enjoy my lecture notes and one of my drawings on site.

More sketches at flickr and photos on Pbase.



Some good advice. Applicable for any creative!

good article

A thought came to me in the days following this Father’s Day. I saw much praise for fathers on social media. It is definitely deserved. We should be thankful of those who have gone before us. They serve as important role models.

Then the awareness that there are those who are coming behind us who will/ could say the same thing about us. What are we doing to warrant the respect and praise of others? Are we people of character that others will recognize beauty in our lives?

And can we do it without patting ourselves on the back, spreading it through social media or with an intelligent branding campaign? Is it worth doing even if no one outside of your sphere of influence knows?

9 Illuminating Lessons on Creativity World of Psychology.

Great reminder for me on monday!

I would appreciate comments and suggestions on how to expand this topic.  Chime in!


Format: Paper

Keywords: Design thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Time management, Creativity


The world economic system and the ideas behind them are changing.  We have passed from an industrial economy, specializing in the manufacture of products, through an information economy, that harnessed great amounts of raw data, to an economy that is based on the ability to make connections and bring meaning to the deluge.  It is in the connection economy that the world desires to have authenticity, personal connection, meaningful relationships and a customized response.

I believe we are at a paradigm shift that will require us to rethink, restructure and retool the nature of our work, our learning, our energies and our systems.  Individually, we as members of the creative class, are uniquely poised to not only have a huge impact, but will be required to adapt to produce and to produce in ourselves what is authentic, meaningful and necessary.

This paper will discuss; the difference between the industrial, information and connection economies; the nature of creativity; current and traditional design pedagogy; the strategies for design thought and thinking; the differences this poses with the current business models; the systems and strategies we need to cultivate opportunities and employ for personal effectiveness in the age of connection and distraction.




Creativity Tips From 5 Very Funny People Inc.com.

What do you think of this list?

Don’t work; play: Let the people working for you play, play, play. Don’t let them be overburdened by routine and mundane tasks. Build on their curiosity.

Do something; anything: Let your team create. Help it not to be afraid of failure or the pedigree of its creations.

Throw out your garbage: Don’t let your team members rest on their laurels.  

Spend your time “wastefully” so you can come up with great material:Don’t be fearful of the trivial

Put your brilliant idea away: Encourage your team members not torture an idea to death

The Chaos Layers

February 1, 2013 — Leave a comment

“Icon writing is chock-full of interesting metaphor. In some icons the layers of paint underlying all but the skin are called the “chaos” layers… and it really does look chaotic – darks and lights, blotchy. It adds life to the work. And, like life, chaos is just under the surface.

Chaos layer. Pure gold.  The perfect metaphor for writers.

We’re writing out of chaos; all darks and lights and blotchy. Not only does our work feel like chaos, but our live usually do too. We’re all trying to subdue the chaos with palm pilots and blackberrys and to distract ourselves with Ipods and the internet. But it is all chaos, and that’s why we write. To make order and meaning out of it. And our first task is to get calm long enough to sit in a room all alone with our thoughts and fantasies, and then let our writing get as messy as it needs to be,  let the chaos spill out on the page, before we find order and meaning.”

“Courage and Craft: Writing Your Life Into Story” By Barbara Abercrombie


In Icon painting, called writing, it is not about the painter. And one of the main tenets of Icon writing is that you never turn back.  You must keep moving. It will turn out like it is supposed to.  You are to be obedient and do the work.

Perfect is too often the enemy of good (and the good).

Honest creativity demands courage, filmmaker tells HSU students – The Baptist Standard :: The Newsmagazine of Texas Baptists.