Some of the results from yesterday’s collaborative art project, adapted from an exercise developed by Juliana Coles and published in Kaleidoscope: Ideas & Projects to Spark Your Creativity. The six of us all worked simultaneously on sixty surfaces, with no individual person having ownership of any one board. The exercise uses a timed script with a […]
If you want to support someone…you need to ASK them what actions they would actually find supportive. Well, duh, you might say. Isn’t this obvious? Perhaps not. I’ve seen a lot of faux support circulating on social media recently, starting with the whole “wear a safety pin to show you’re an ally” meme on Twitter […]
According to the folks at Foursquare, today is Fall Off the Wagon Day – the day most people bail on their New Year’s Resolutions to exercise, eat more healthfully, and so on. This is consistent with my observations – attendance at my fitness boot camp goes up in January, and drops back to normal in […]
I love this comic, “How to Be Perfectly Unhappy,” by The Oatmeal (AKA Matthew Inman) and inspired by Augusten Burroughs. I, too, am not a happy person. I am engaged, interested, busy, passionate, curious, and funny. I find the whole world pretty damn fascinating most of the time…except when I don’t. I am critical and […]
One of my key skills as a facilitator and consultant is my ability to craft good questions. The right question can prompt reflection, create connection, open doors, encourage disclosure, motivate action. It can surprise, delight, or sooth. It can open space for possibilities. The wrong question can frustrate or frighten, closing both minds and doors. […]
I have never been able to meditate in the sitting-crosslegged-on-a-cushion sort of way; I am way too fidgety and my muscles cramp up. I can, however, achieve that same quietness of mind through repetitive movement. Running, hiking, paddling can get me there. So can doodling, moving a pen or brush across paper without a specific […]
At a conference a few years ago, a colleague of mine gave us an assignment: Prepare a list of fifty Declarations that we absolutely know to be true. As a marketing tool, each of these could then turn into a blog post, book chapter, or newsletter article. I add to my list regularly, and have […]
Scribbled on the shuttle bus from Denver to Boulder.
Another version of my wife’s Gary Larson-esque family. I am obsessed with this photo! Semi-blind contour drawing, watercolor pencil.
Yay! It’s Art Every Day Month! An annual challenge to create – and post – art every day for a month. I’ve participated now for three or four years and find it a wonderful practice and a wonderful community. This year I’m involving some of my “real life” community of art makers – we’re having […]