Creativity Matters Podcast (CMP)

Creativity Matters Podcast (CMP)

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Stories of making art in the margins, tracking inspiration, embracing the creative journey, and more.


Snowflakes and Paper Cranes (375)
Dec 9 • 22 min
Episode 375 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: paper cranes, snowflakes, drawing ornaments, and an inspiring book about women in art history. Show notes for Episode 375 Support the CMP at Patreon!
Soup Club (374)
Nov 30 • 34 min
Episode 374 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: weekly projects, self-portraits, and thoughts on doing a year of soup. Show notes for Episode 374 Support the CMP at Patreon!
On Repeat (373)
Nov 5 • 54 min
Episode 373 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: gratitude, repeat projects, thoughts on Inktober 2019 and favorite series, and more. Show notes for Episode 373 Support the CMP at Patreon!
How to Be a Wildflower (372)
Oct 30 • 50 min
Episode 372 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: looking at How to Be a Wildflower, plus, drawing, pennies, postage, and more. Show notes for Episode 372 Support the CMP at Patreon!
With Intent (371)
Oct 21 • 39 min
Episode 371 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: buying pen and ink, searching for the perfect red-orange, lists, and intention. Show notes for Episode 371 Support the CMP at Patreon!
Nature Guide (370)
Oct 8 • 34 min
Episode 370 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: creative talk, Inktober, and two books from the “nature drawing” space. Show notes for Episode 370 Support the CMP at Patreon!
Filling Space (369)
Sep 25 • 47 min
Episode 369 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: the mindfulness of filling space is something you can fit into any pocket of time. Show notes for Episode 369 Support the CMP at Patreon!
Creative Watercolor Color (368)
Sep 11 • 29 min
Episode 368 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a review of Creative Watercolor, a fantastic book, meaningful quotes, and other snippets. Show notes for Episode 368 Support the CMP at Patreon!
Illustrated Journal (367)
Sep 1 • 29 min
Episode 367 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: thoughts on an illustrated journal project for my “approaching 50” year. Show notes for Episode 367 Support the CMP at Patreon!
Imagine a Forest (366)
Aug 20 • 24 min
Episode 366 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: I check “try ukulele” off the year list! Plus, a review of a folk art book, Imagine a Forest. Show notes for Episode 366 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Fifty Before Fifty (365)
Aug 4 • 35 min
Episode 365 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a fifty before fifty list …. a year for a year. Show notes for Episode 365 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
A Birthday List (364)
Jul 23 • 32 min
Episode 364 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: the value of making a birthday day “to do” list to help guide and anchor the day. Show notes for Episode 364 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Orange Spine (363)
Jul 12 • 26 min
Episode 363 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a flip-through of a wonderful and large collection from Oliver Jeffers. Show notes for Episode 363 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Scroll Your Feed (362)
Jul 8 • 27 min
Episode 362 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: looking at each week’s work as a whole with a #52weeks grid and scrolling your feed. Show notes for Episode 362 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
A Rowboat in a Sea of Molasses (361)
Jul 3 • 21 min
Episode 361 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: random talk at the start of a new year, a list in the making. Show notes for Episode 361 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Not a Lemur (360)
Jul 1 • 25 min
Episode 360 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: in celebration of the wonder and whimsy around us, a non-lemur moment, and more. Show notes for Episode 360 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
To Take Or Not to Take (359)
May 28 • 37 min
Episode 359 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: thinking through what to take for your creative projects when you travel! Simplify! Show notes for Episode 359 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Thinking in Words and Pictures (358)
May 25 • 28 min
Episode 358 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: visual- and word-based thinking, storytelling, associative memories, and visualizing a teapot. Show notes for Episode 358 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Sketchbook Explorations (357)
May 11 • 26 min
Episode 357 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a story about a finch, a couple of dominoes, some talk about making art in a series, and a review of Sketchbook Explorations by Shelley Rhodes. Show notes for Episode 357 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your…
Slice of Life Contour (356)
May 5 • 34 min
Episode 356 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: the 100 day project and a series of simple contour drawings of everyday people. Show notes for Episode 356 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Storybook Style (355)
Apr 20 • 17 min
Episode 355 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: get inspired by storybook affirmation of creativity with whimsical illustration from Peter Reynolds. Show notes for Episode 355 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this…
Poignant Palette (354)
Apr 13 • 42 min
Episode 354 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: discussion of the inspiring The Painted Art Journal: 24 Projects for Creating Your Visual Narrative book. Show notes for Episode 354 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this…
Three Things (353)
Apr 3 • 24 min
Episode 353 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a “three things” mentality, thoughts on #the100dayproject and #oneweek100people, and a quick look at a book called Cake, illustrated by Maira Kalman. Show notes for Episode 353 Support the CMP at Patreon!…
Draw Your Day (352)
Mar 27 • 27 min
Episode 352 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a look inside Samantha Dion Baker’s Draw Your Day and thoughts on the value and importance of keeping a visual or illustrated journal. Show notes for Episode 352 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support…
Points of Pivot (351)
Mar 20 • 31 min
Episode 351 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: appreciating and being open to the possibilities offered by points of pivot in your creative life. Pivots come in all sizes, but they can be powerful! Show notes for Episode 351 Support the CMP at Patreon!…
Tagalong (350)
Mar 10 • 34 min
Episode 350 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: tagalong projects that you can’t let go. Plus, book stacks, pivots, and more creative talk. Show notes for Episode 350 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Meet-up (349)
Feb 25 • 45 min
Episode 349 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a review of Ladies Drawing Night and talk about finding and making creative connections, friends, and community. Show notes for Episode 349 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference…
Book Art (348)
Feb 18 • 40 min
Episode 348 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a review of Bibliophile, an awesome book of book stack and book spine art (and more) by Jane Mount. Show notes for Episode 348 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Walk Around (347)
Feb 7 • 24 min
Episode 347 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: the power and inspiration of a walk-about. Show notes for Episode 347 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Planning Books (346)
Jan 30 • 27 min
Episode 346 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: reviews and summary of three books on planning and bullet journaling. Show notes for Episode 346 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Lions, Tigers, and Planners (345)
Jan 23 • 41 min
Episode 345 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: planner talk, bullet journaling talk, the huge and inspiring planner community, being the only listmaker in the family, and a quilted composition book cover. The book reviews mentioned don’t happen in this…
Holiday Wishes (344)
Jan 12 • 38 min
Episode 344 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: final thoughts for December 2018, a few holiday stories, an ugly sweater moment or two, and some year-end looking back, loosely, at what the year that was can tell us about the year to come. Show notes for…
Cup of Coffee (343)
Dec 19, 2018 • 42 min
Episode 343 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a series of vignettes from December…. a missing cup of coffee, a misplaced notebook, a notebook that won’t stay together, and a day by day knitting project. Shake them all up like a snowglobe for a bit of…
December (342)
Dec 10, 2018 • 32 min
Episode 342 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: an assortment of December thoughts, some listmaking, and listening to Harry Potter. Show notes for Episode 342 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
November Spark Fade (341)
Dec 2, 2018 • 17 min
Episode 341 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: final thoughts on the Spark series for November 2018. Show notes for Episode 341 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
November Spark Blue Sky (340)
Dec 1, 2018 • 17 min
Short notes on want, need, minimalism, a moment of blue sky, and drawing in the car during the November 2018 Spark series on gratitude and light. Show notes for Episode 340 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)…
November Spark 17 – 5-Minute Sketching in the Car (339)
Nov 23, 2018 • 20 min
Episode 339 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: November Spark 2018, urban sketching in the car. Show notes for Episode 339 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
November Spark 11-15 (338)
Nov 23, 2018 • 23 min
Episode 338 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: November Spark 2018, Days 11-15. Ruminations on light and gratitude. Show notes for Episode 338 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Everyday Sketching (337)
Nov 17, 2018 • 31 min
Episode 337 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: urban sketching, sketching of cluttered scenes in your area and in your space, and a review of Everyday Sketching and Drawing by Steven Reddy. Plus, thoughts on gratitude in keeping with November. Show notes…
Spark November Light Day 10 – Five Minutes a Day
Nov 13, 2018 • 19 min
A spark show from the Creativity Matters Podcast: light, gratitude, seeing, reflection, and mindfulness during November 2018. Five minutes a day and urban sketching practice in the car. Show notes for Episode 336 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support…
Spark November Light Days 4-9
Nov 11, 2018 • 31 min
Days 4-9 of the November 2018 Spark series on gratitude and light. Show notes for Episode 335 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.) oamyoamy at Instagram Creativity Matters Podcast at Instagram
Spark Light Nov 2-3 (334)
Nov 4, 2018 • 30 min
A spark show from the Creativity Matters Podcast: light, gratitude, seeing, reflection, and mindfulness during November 2018. Show notes for Episode 334 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.) oamyoamy at…
November Light (333)
Nov 2, 2018 • 19 min
Episode 333 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: Day 1 for a series about light and gratitude in November. Show notes for Episode 33 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Accordion (332)
Oct 22, 2018 • 36 min
Episode 332 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: an Inktober check-in and accordion-style book. Show notes for Episode 332 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Crossroads (331)
Oct 18, 2018 • 32 min
Episode 331 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a review of The Crossroads of Should and Must, an inspiring book by Elle Luna. Show notes for Episode 331 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Mad Libs (330)
Oct 8, 2018 • 34 min
Episode 330 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a Mad Libs-style moment and creative talk to keep you company. Show notes for Episode 330 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Exhale (329)
Sep 26, 2018 • 38 min
Episode 329 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: enneagram, documentation of creative work, and Inktober. Show notes for Episode 329 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Imagining a Week Off (328)
Sep 18, 2018 • 27 min
Episode 328 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: imagining a week off. Show notes for Episode 328 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Salon Talk (327)
Sep 15, 2018 • 22 min
Episode 327 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: salon talk, feeling on the outside, sketchnoting, icons, and more. Real talk about creative journey. Show notes for Episode 327 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this…
Updated! Beautiful, Ordinary Life (AKA In Between Matters) (Episode 325)
Sep 10, 2018
Above: a glimpse of the cover of 50 Ways to Draw Your Beautiful, Ordinary Life (Flow), the book covered in this episode. Updated! This show has been updated to resolve a problem on mobile — related, I believe, to my attempts to solve my recording issues.…
Updated! Wrong Corner (Episode 326)
Sep 10, 2018
Above: a random corner but not the corner I was on or needed to be on or even in the same neighborhood. Sometimes, cover images go that way. Updated! This show has been updated to resolve a problem on mobile — related, I believe, to my attempts to solve…
Care Packages (Episode 324)
Aug 29, 2018 • 29 min
Episode 324 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a review of a book about care packages. Show notes for Episode 324 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 323: Storybook Portraits
Aug 23, 2018 • 18 min
Episode 323 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a review of a collection of portraits of characters from literature. Show notes for Episode 323 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 322: Story
Aug 21, 2018 • 31 min
Episode 322 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: an oven story update and thoughts on story and the stories we tell… and how we order them. Show notes for Episode 322 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 321: Lag
Aug 14, 2018 • 24 min
Episode 321 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: the lag time after a big project or challenge and thoughts on what comes next. Show notes for Episode 321 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 320: Coffee, the Oven, and Duct Tape
Aug 13, 2018 • 26 min
Episode 320 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a story about an oven and thoughts on being practical. Show notes for Episode 320 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 319: Translucency
Aug 3, 2018 • 28 min
Episode 319 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a review of Here, a fantastic and thought-provoking graphic novel by Richard McGuire. Show notes for Episode 319 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 318: A Moment of Perfect
Jul 22, 2018 • 27 min
Episode 318 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a single moment that seemed to embody something content, whole, and perfect. Show notes for Episode 318 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 317: Underbelly of Habit
Jul 22, 2018 • 17 min
Episode 317 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: creative musings and philosophical thought about habit… and how easy it is to fall “out” of a habit. Show notes for Episode 317 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this…
Episode 316: Summer
Jun 19, 2018 • 28 min
Episode 316 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a check-in on the creative journey and a reminder that sometimes it takes practice to get where you want to go. (Most of the time.) Show notes for Episode 316 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes…
Episode 315: Two Visits to Japan
Jun 11, 2018 • 16 min
Episode 315 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: short reviews of two illustrated accounts of time spent in Japan. Show notes for Episode 315 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 314: Gearing Up for a Challenge (like ICAD)
May 30, 2018 • 24 min
Episode 314 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: gearing up for a creative challenge like the Index-Card-a-Day (ICAD) challenge. Show notes for Episode 314 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 313: Looping
May 28, 2018 • 29 min
Episode 313 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: exploring pop art and copic markers. Show notes for Episode 313 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 312: Gilmore Girls Cookbook
May 28, 2018 • 26 min
Episode 312 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a review of a Gilmore Girls cookbook, ICAD is coming, and random creative talk. Show notes for Episode 312 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 309: Doodle Dots
May 21, 2018 • 21 min
Episode 309 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a review of If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint and a YA graphic novel worth checking out! Show notes for Episode 309 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 311: Tracking Time
May 14, 2018 • 29 min
Episode 311 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: the third in a series on better understanding the time you have… in order to find time for your creative pursuits. This show centers on memory, documentation, and planning—perfect for your bullet journal,…
Episode 310: Blocking Time
May 14, 2018 • 27 min
Episode 310 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: the second in a series on better understanding the time you have… in order to find time for your creative pursuits. Show notes for Episode 310 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the…
Episode 308: Mapping Time
May 10, 2018 • 16 min
Episode 308 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: timers, time, mapping time, and more time. Part 1 in a multi-show series on mapping time.. Show notes for Episode 308 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 307: Make a List
Apr 25, 2018 • 32 min
Episode 307 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a review of Make a List by Marilyn McEntyre.ne. Show notes for Episode 307 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 306: Sequence
Apr 17, 2018 • 24 min
Episode 306 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a look at one of the many uses for listmaking, the creation and telling of story—maybe even stories you don’t know or don’t remember. Show notes for Episode 306 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes…
Episode 305: Doodlebug
Apr 15, 2018 • 23 min
Episode 305 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a review of Doodlebug, a YA graphic novel. Plus, a quick look at Create Your Life Book, by Tamara Laporte. Show notes for Episode 305 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for…
Episode 304: A ‘Sketch’ Book
Apr 2, 2018 • 29 min
Episode 304 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: a review of Sketch! by France Belleville-Van Stone. Show notes for Episode 304 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 303: CMP Lists
Mar 25, 2018 • 20 min
Episode 303 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: the CMP List Challenge starts April 1. Sign up to receive the daily prompt for 30 days of listmaking. Show notes for Episode 303 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this…
Episode 302: Positive Intent
Mar 22, 2018 • 16 min
Episode 302 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: the value in assuming positive intent. You’ll be so much happier and more able to respond appropriately to comments and feedback. Show notes for Episode 302 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all…
Episode 301: Superstitious
Mar 18, 2018 • 38 min
Episode 301 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: are you superstitious about your creative routine? What happens when you get caught up in a way of working, a routine, and a mix of variables and are afraid to experiment? Show notes for Episode 301 Support…
Episode 300: Elephant
Mar 5, 2018 • 50 min
Episode 300 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: celebrating the 300th episode of the CMP. Show notes for Episode 300 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 297: Osmosis
Feb 27, 2018 • 24 min
Episode 297 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: mentors, teachers, and a graphic novel designed to teach you how to draw. Show notes for Episode 297 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 299: Verisimilitude
Feb 25, 2018 • 21 min
Episode 299 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: verisimilitude, realistic drawing, and a reminder that there is room for all of us, for all of our approaches. Show notes for Episode 299 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for…
Episode 298: Penny
Feb 18, 2018 • 18 min
Episode 298 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: A story… a walk, a smell, dogs, a penny, wishing wells, and the cascade of memory. Show notes for Episode 298 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 296: Making Time
Feb 12, 2018 • 36 min
Episode 296 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: making time for walking and making time for art. Plus, a sketchnoting project, a lonely bird, and library serendipity. Show notes for Episode 296 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the…
Episode 295: Monkey Brain
Feb 12, 2018 • 27 min
Episode 295 of the Creativity Matters Podcast: using art to slow down monkey brain, the benefits (for me) of drawing for quieting my brain. Do your creative projects rev you up or slow you down (in a good way)? Show notes for Episode 295 Support the CMP…
Episode 294: View-Master
Feb 4, 2018 • 22 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 294: Thoughts on story… the small moments in an ordinary day that are the underpinnings of story and creative journey. Show notes for Episode 294 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for…
Episode 293: Regroup
Jan 28, 2018 • 29 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 293: Wrapping up a month, the first of the new year, and reassessing creative goals and plans — regrouping. Show notes for Episode 293 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 292: Share
Jan 27, 2018 • 33 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 292: Share your work… think about why you are sharing and what you want… and then share some more. #share Show notes for Episode 292 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 291: An Overarching Focus
Jan 21, 2018 • 18 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 291 - when working on a big, long-term, or 365 projects… make sure it’s something you really, really, really enjoy! Plus, more than 29,000 smilies and an inspiring book of 200 everyday objects to draw. Show notes for…
Episode 290: Panning for Gold
Jan 20, 2018 • 26 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 290: Panning for gold, sifting, colanders… thinking about piling things in at the start of the year and seeing things drain away to leave what matters. Show notes for Episode 290 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support…
Episode 289: Finding Word
Jan 13, 2018 • 42 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 289: Finding your word of the year. Thoughts on the challenge, process, significance, and beauty of WOTY. Show notes for Episode 289 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 288: 365 Days in a Year
Jan 6, 2018 • 46 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 288: goals for a new year, 365 projects, both daily and quantitative, thoughts on brain dumps and planning, and setting yourself up for creative success in 2018. Show notes for Episode 288 Support the CMP at Patreon!…
Episode 287: All But One
Dec 31, 2017 • 41 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 287 - the final show of 2017 with plenty of year-end reflection, thoughts on 365 challenges, daily drawing, lots of podcasting, sketchnotes, and more! Show notes for Episode 287 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support…
Episode 286: Holiday Light – and Showing Up
Dec 25, 2017 • 27 min
Episode 286: Showing up for daily creative you, appreciating holiday light, and more December reflection. Show notes for Episode 286 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 285: Gift of the Magi–CORRECTED
Dec 23, 2017 • 21 min
Episode 285: A reading of Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. Show notes for Episode 285 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 284: Favorite Things
Dec 21, 2017 • 25 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 284: End-of-year reflection on favorite creative tools and materials. Show notes for Episode 284 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 283: Final Spark
Dec 14, 2017 • 42 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 283: The final Spark show from the November 2017 daily Spark series. Show notes for Episode 283 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 282: Gratitude Compilation
Dec 14, 2017 • 48 min
Episode 282: A compilation of daily Spark shows focused on gratitude (and light) in November. This episode contains Sparks 26-29. Show notes for Episode 282 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 281: Not Lazy
Dec 10, 2017 • 33 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 281: The stories we tell about why we do certain things. I love multimedia to look at, but I prefer to draw. Is it lazy? Dig in as I explore why “lazy” is only part of the reality. There’s a lot more going on. Plus, a…
Episode 280: Gratitude Compilation
Dec 10, 2017 • 40 min
Episode 280: A compilation of daily Spark shows focused on gratitude (and light) in November. This episode contains Sparks 22-25. Show notes for Episode 280 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 279: What If
Dec 2, 2017 • 22 min
Episode 279: Back to regular creative meandering now that November is over. Sometimes the universe speaks. Show notes for Episode 279 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 277: Gratitude Compilation
Dec 1, 2017 • 60 min
Episode 277: A compilation of daily Spark shows focused on gratitude (and light) in November. This episode contains Sparks 19-21. Show notes for Episode 277 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 276: Gratitude Compilation
Nov 26, 2017 • 51 min
Episode 276: A compilation of daily Spark shows focused on gratitude (and light) in November. This episode contains Sparks 16-18. Show notes for Episode 276 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 278: Art Journal Inspiration
Nov 26, 2017 • 28 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 278: Art journal pages from two books that highlight the exciting diversity and range of approaches in art journaling. These are wonderful and inspiring to flip through! These are NOT how-to books; these are simply books…
Episode 275: Thanksgiving Gratitude
Nov 23, 2017 • 58 min
Episode 275: Compilation of Sparks 12-15 from November 2017. Gratitude talk and a gratitude project that involves drawing lots of people. Show notes for Episode 275 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 274: Continued Gratitude
Nov 17, 2017 • 58 min
Episode 274: Compilation of Sparks 6-10 from November 2017. Lots of gratitude talk and gratitude ideas for the month. Show notes for Episode 274 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 273: Approaching Gratitude
Nov 10, 2017 • 73 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 273: A compilation of CMP Spark shows Nov 1-5. Show notes for Episode 273 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 272: Art Saves
Nov 8, 2017 • 17 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 272: the #artsaves thread in creative social communities and the Art Saves book. Show notes for Episode 272 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 271: Podcasts in November
Oct 31, 2017 • 13 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 271: Setting the stage for podcasting daily in November as part of NaPodPoMo. Show notes for Episode 271 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 270: Habits, habits, habits
Oct 30, 2017 • 13 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 270: suggestions for habits and personal data you can track using a monthly tracker! Show notes for Episode 270 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 269: Coloring Habits
Oct 30, 2017 • 9 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 269: habit trackers that are coloring pages and the value in splitting out daily habits and areas of creative energy. Show notes for Episode 269 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this…
Episode 268: With Gratitude
Oct 29, 2017 • 28 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 268: kickstart November by deciding upon and committing to a month-long gratitude project. Show notes for Episode 268 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 267: Plan Ahead
Oct 28, 2017 • 12 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 267: Pre-planning for the coming month. It’s time to set up your tracker! Today’s show is a “Spark” experiment — a very short show but not as short as expected! Circular trackers, square trackers, colorful trackers, what…
Episode 266
Oct 21, 2017 • 26 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 266: a bit of an Inktober update… and an experiment in drawing together (or at least drawing the same thing as someone else). Show notes for Episode 266 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference…
Episode 265: Inktober Week 1
Oct 9, 2017 • 38 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 265: Inktober week 1… how things are going, what to remember, and how to stay in the game… see it through. Show notes for Episode 259 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 264: Quadrant Diary
Oct 7, 2017 • 26 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 264: Birds, seeing, and the quadranted diary format from Lynda Barry in Syllabus. Show notes for Episode 259 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 261: Sketchnote Selfie
Oct 1, 2017 • 32 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 261: More on friendship and virtual connections, creative journey, and a sketchnote selfie challenge for everyone!. Show notes for Episode 261 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this…
Episode 263: Inktober Shift
Sep 30, 2017 • 26 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 263: Getting in gear for Inktober’s October drawing challenge with a few drawings to ramp up and thinking about Inktober and the shift from ballpoint drawings back to black ink and fountain pen. Show notes for Episode…
Episode 260: Friendship
Sep 26, 2017 • 43 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 260: friendship, virtual and real-world connection, drawing, and listening to interviews with Maria Kalman. Show notes for Episode 260 Support the CMP at Patreon! (Your support makes all the difference for this show.)
Episode 262: Inktober
Sep 25, 2017 • 33 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 262: Inktober is a daily drawing challenge in October. You should do it! In this episode, a brief look at Inktober 2016 and suggestions for you as you think about doing this year’s Inktober. Show notes for Episode 260…
Episode 259: Dear Diary
Sep 17, 2017 • 55 min
Creativity Matters Podcast Episode 259: diaries, journals, sketchnotes, and a graphic novel diary project and related prompt. No purple fuzzy lock-and-key diaries here, just lots of bold black and white paneled goodness and a determination to lock things…
Episode 254: Sketchnote Handbook
Sep 11, 2017 • 45 min
A Field Note-style Flipthrough! In this episode of the CMP, a hands-on flip through of the Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde (talked about in Episode 251: Sketchnote). This show is definitely a follow-up to the previous episode on the concept of…
Episode 258: Is it Done
Sep 8, 2017 • 64 min
Is it Done? No matter what kind of art you make, you have to decide at what point things are done. Shifting to WIP mentality has really brought this question to the forefront. Plus, a look at work created in August and how they are and are not fitting.…
Episode 257: Red Sun
Sep 5, 2017 • 50 min
In this episode of the CMP, a pair of books by SF-based Paul Madonna, All Over Coffee and Everything Is Its Own Reward, some library #wander talk, urban sketching, and an unexpected heat wave puts philosophical thinking in overdrive. Find the show notes…
Episode 256: Snoop
Aug 29, 2017 • 24 min
Episode 256 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast — Personal Change and a Dog Log In this episode of the CMP, talk about who you want to be, personal change, and a dog log finally comes into focus. Things get a bit choked up in this show because the…
Episode 255: Setting Goals
Aug 28, 2017 • 50 min
Above: I experimented with a color-coded tracker in August. Episode 255 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast — Setting Goals In this episode of the CMP, it’s time to set creative goals for September! Looking back on August goals… what worked, what…
Episode 253: Back to School (Field Note)
Aug 22, 2017 • 28 min
Above: Back to school shopping for ballpoint pens (for me) was a bust! Episode 253 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast In this Field Note-style episode of the CMP, join me for Sunday morning coffee while I ink some lines in my daily visual journal…
Episode 252: Doodle (Field Note)
Aug 22, 2017 • 32 min
Above: a glimpse of a doodle exercise featured in the Craft-a-Doodle book reviewed in this show. Episode 252 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast In this Field Note-style episode of the CMP, some talk about the duality of the word “doodle” as it is…
Episode 251: Sketchnote
Aug 15, 2017 • 69 min
Above: current exploration is a form of visual notetaking. Visual Sketchnote Handbook (seen partially here) is an excellent resource and formatted “sketchnote style” itself, which is wonderful. Episode 251 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast In this…
Episode 250: Daily (WIP)
Aug 7, 2017 • 52 min
Thoughts on “daily” and how the concept varies for each of us and affects how we view beginnings, endings, and transitions to something new. Plus, #WIP. View the show notes for links and additional information. Do you enjoy the CMP? Please consider…
Episode 249: Bazooka Joe and Setting and Sharing Creative Goals
Jul 28, 2017 • 59 min
Episode 249: Personality profiles, Bazooka Joe bubblegum throwback, the “taking your to-dos and goals public” mindset, and creative goal setting for August.
Episode 248: Then and Now
Jul 25, 2017 • 62 min
Episode 248: A look back at an old episode of the CMP (EP53: Rainbow Hair), visual show notes, my series of ballpoint women, Jane Eyre, Anne with an E, and the Reign. Plus, a book on Pen and Ink with a focus on process.
Episode 247: Field Note 1
Jul 20, 2017 • 35 min
Episode 247: a virtual, creative coffee date. Sit with me as I finish shading one of my drawings in the car. What will you work on while you listen?
Episode 246: Quotidian
Jul 17, 2017 • 50 min
Episode 246: Quotidian moments. Succulents in the morning light, ballpoint series, drawing family members, searching for creative community, and Page by Paige, a fantastic graphic novel about a young, coming-of-age, artist.
Episode 245: Thanks, Mom
Jul 11, 2017 • 34 min
Above: one of my daily index card and mixed paper ballpoint pen drawings from summer 2017 (based on a photo at Sktchy) and a partial view of the book mentioned in this episode. Episode 245 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast In this episode of the…
Episode 244: Love What You Do
Jul 2, 2017 • 34 min
Above: the cover art for Episode 244 features one of my 2017 ICAD drawings in ballpoint (based on a photo at Sktchy). My ICAD series this year is in ballpoint on mixed paper on index card. So far, I am focusing on portraits. Episode 244 of the CMP, a…
Episode 243: Take It or Leave It
Jun 5, 2017 • 30 min
Above: “some” of the pens in the pile during the chaotic “take it or leave it” packing saga as I got ready to travel. Episode 243 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast In this episode of the CMP, the chaos of getting ready to travel and sorting out…
Episode 242: More Ballpoint
May 31, 2017 • 53 min
In this episode of the Creativity Matters Podcast, want and need, vaguely getting ready to travel, continued exploration of ballpoint pens, and a set of 10 tips for working with ballpoint ink. My thoughts about ICAD begin to clarify, what I am reading,…
Episode 241: Ballpoint
May 29, 2017 • 44 min
In this episode of the Creativity Matters Podcast, more about ballpoint, rummaging in the random pen jars for old ballpoint pens to try, videos on ballpoint art, the quest for a classic blue Bic, black and blue ink, and three inspiring books on ballpoint…
Episode 240: Considering Copic
May 24, 2017 • 39 min
In Episode 240 of the Creativity Matters Podcast, a funny podcast meme about listening to podcasts, the Copic marker rabbit hole and considering “color,” an unexpected switch to ballpoint pen, and an illustrated journal that is a beautiful mix of diary…
Episode 239: Sweet Spot
May 22, 2017 • 35 min
In this episode of the CMP, my noisy house, listening to Mad World, a Holiday Inn pen, a bit about working with ballpoint, a book of lists for teens, and thoughts on the sweet spot. “…and I smiled at the sweet spot. These are the moments that get lost……
Episode 237: Bounce
May 17, 2017
Above: one of my nightly drawings (based on a photo at Sktchy) and a glimpse of the Let’s Draw Happy People (mentioned in this show) book. Episode 237 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast In this episode of the CMP, the lowdown on recent equipment…
Episode 238: Goat (or Unicorn)
May 14, 2017 • 46 min
In this episode of the CMP, a strange goat sighting (or was it a unicorn?), plans for a streak of color, and a rundown on the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge (ICAD). Get your cards, get inspired, and sign up now! (Challenge starts June 1.) Thank you for…
Episode 236
May 11, 2017 • 27 min
In this episode of the CMP, we take a look around the libary, celebrating the art of close looking, of really tuning in, of noticing the details. There is an art kid story and a magical and mystical book for middle (or younger) readers. This one might…
Episode 235
May 8, 2017 • 27 min
Above: one of my nightly drawings (based on a photo at Sktchy). Episode 235 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast In this episode of the CMP, an unusual Saturday, which felt like foreshadowing of the empty nest to come. Feeling out of place in my day…
Episode 227: Circles
Apr 28, 2017 • 29 min
Above: one of my nightly drawings (based on a photo at Sktchy) and a glimpse of a children’s book about Horace Pippin. Episode 227 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast In this episode of the CMP, musings on life balance and creative time and energy,…
Episode 234: Syncopation
Apr 25, 2017 • 37 min
Episode 234 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast In this episode of the CMP, some random podcast listening and thoughts on the beauty of writerly podcasts, Ready Player One, an update on the CMP List Challenge, and a review of another great novel in…
Episode 233
Apr 21, 2017 • 16 min
Episode 233 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast This episode of the CMP doesn’t even have a title! In this episode, an unplanned conversation with Matthew, a high school art student who has started exploring Sktchy. We talk about daily drawing, being…
Episode 232: Wander
Apr 17, 2017 • 42 min
Episode 232 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast — Note: I was sick when I recorded… hopefully you can’t tell. I really wanted to go ahead and clear the slate and get this show out of my head and into the ethos (or your podcast player). — In this…
Episode 231: Listy
Apr 8, 2017 • 36 min
Episode 231 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast In this episode of the CMP, a story of a random/chance/surreal discovery of a book at the library and a forgetful moment regarding the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog. Plus, an update on the CMP List Challenge…
Episode 230: People
Apr 4, 2017 • 42 min
Episode 230 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast In this episode of the CMP, a focus on people drawing. I talk about my journey with people drawing, the Sktchy app, and two books on drawing people. This is a “People: Part 1” show because there is a…
Episode 229: Catchup
Mar 28, 2017 • 29 min
Episode 229 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast In this episode of the CMP, some catchup and backfilling… random creative resources and findings to inspire you… a new-to-me podcast for readers to love, and a book for kids on Louis Braille. The Flow…
Episode 228: Brain Dump
Mar 27, 2017 • 34 min
Episode 228 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast In this episode of the CMP, the brain dump strategy and how to get all those thoughts in your head under control by writing them down on one mammoth list. Plus, outliner apps, a rogue mind mapping app,…
Episode 226: As a Child
Feb 28, 2017 • 28 min
Episode 226 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast In this episode of the CMP, thoughts on the stories of our childhoods, our creative origins, and recording the same stories and details for our children. Plus, a book about William Carlos Williams,…
Episode 225: Surfaces
Feb 26, 2017 • 34 min
Photo: This book by Sabrina Ward Harrison is reviewed in this episode of the CMP and a drawing, one of my nightly sketches. This one is based on an inspiration photo from Sktchy. I love the juxtaposition of this photo (and expression) with the journal. It…
Episode 224: Flamingos and Footholds
Feb 21, 2017 • 23 min
A sketch from my nightly Sktchy drawings. The appearance of this cute dog makes this one applicable to today’s show. A random plastic flamingo sighting, a touch of whimsy on a very grey day, thoughts on the creative journey as a horizontal wall climbing…
Episode 223: Catfish Green
Feb 16, 2017 • 43 min
Episode 223 of the CMP: Thoughts on fountain pen inks, the mind-boggling amount of time it takes to use up a cartridge, the allure of a crazy green ink, great resources for fountain pen inks and content, and tracking and documentation projects. Plus, a…
Episode 222: Curtains
Feb 14, 2017 • 36 min
Curtains, alarms, data logging and tracking, repeat documentation being easier to forget rather than more ingrained, and a great book from Keri Smith, perfect for first-time creative explorers and wanderers as well as repeat visitors. No matter when you…
Episode 221: Goggles
Feb 6, 2017 • 29 min
Thoughts on seeing, on the baseline parameters and “tried and true” contours that help us understand who we are, on wearing black, and on really funky, Steampunk-inspired goggles… and the value of using some other kind of lens to help you see beyond what…
Episode 220: Dabbling in Documentation
Feb 1, 2017 • 36 min
Squeaking this show in just under the wire for February 1… I like to meet those little milestones and deadlines… and this is a project I am starting today, with the “Day 1” for this month. But you can start whenever you want! I am going to dabble in a…
Episode 219: Evernote for Creative Types
Jan 31, 2017 • 25 min
Saving your “listeningTo” or “toListen” notes to Evernote is one of the tips covered in this show. You’ll love this easy way to log your shows! An opening look at tips, tricks, and techniques for using Evernote to maximize and organize your creative life,…
Episode 218: Spilltide
Jan 29, 2017 • 37 min
The importance of freeform journaling (freewriting) in helping make sense of a restless brain—alternatively known as an intimate look at a midlife crisis-laden morning. (Warning - this is NOT a typical show.) * On the Soul-Sustaining Necessity of…
Episode 217: Between Friends
Jan 25, 2017 • 38 min
Inspired by the “idea” of the 3191 Miles Apart projects, thoughts on the importance of creative friends, people with whom you can share daily creative work without explanation or justification. What did you draw/make/write/create today? * 3191 Miles Apart…
Episode 216: Branch
Jan 22, 2017 • 26 min
Another library trip, unexpected smells, noises, and a pig in a window. Follow along for thoughts on this year, my plan, the ways in which I am plotting a creative path through 2017. * Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi: More Than 40 Itty-Bitty Minis to Knit, Wear,…
Episode 215: A Too Much Day
Jan 16, 2017 • 28 min
Reading The Snurtch Listening to podcasts… and thinking about the choices we make. * Paint your word on a rock (tutorial/inspiration/more inspiration) * Painting on Stones Is a Craft That Rocks! * The Moth (podcast) * Good Life Project (podcast) * How to…
Episode 214: New Year, New Book
Jan 13, 2017 • 37 min
Thoughts on choosing a fresh blank for Day One and a nuts-and-bolts list of steps you can take to customize and personalize your new or current blank book, sketchbook, or journal. * Daisy Yellow tutorial for eraser stamp carving * Hobonichi | Leuchtturm |…
Episode 213: By the Numbers
Jan 8, 2017 • 66 min
Portion of cover of Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time Happy New Year! Catching up after the holidays… We watched The OA. (I note in the podcast that the series is not for kids. I edited out some of this discussion, which may be confusing. The show…
Episode 212: The Velveteen Rabbit
Dec 21, 2016 • 28 min
Sit, knit, draw, collage, stitch, or sip a cup of tea while you listen to this simple classic about becoming “real.”* The Velveteen Rabbit by Marjorie Williams, part of the Project Gutenberg * The Velveteen Rabbit (the copy we have on our shelves)* The…
Episode 211: Favorite Things
Dec 17, 2016 • 45 min
Favorite things… mostly basic tools that come to the surface when I think through what I use day to day and most often. My list ended up surprisingly lacking in color! Some years, I think other things would make the list. But when I sat down and made this…
Episode 210: Mojo
Dec 15, 2016 • 36 min
Finding renewed inspiration and “mojo” once the ornaments are up and a broken giraffe ornament to draw. Plus a few projects and workshops for you to consider for the coming new year.* Tammy Garcia’s Groovy Grunge art journalling workshop (with private…
Episode 209: Winterfest
Dec 11, 2016 • 43 min
Tune in for a long and rambling retelling of a trip to get donuts and questions of who, what, where, why, when, and how. Simple moments have more substance (and more story) than you think. This show has a prompt, a bit of “First or Final” story from the…
Episode 208: Almost the Same
Dec 4, 2016 • 31 min
It’s December, a time that brings to mind tea and pastries and beautiful, magazine-worthy table spreads. There aren’t a lot of pastries (or any) making their way into my days right now, but the more I study Wayne Thiebaud’s work, the more I want a scone…
Episode 207: Snow White and Bamboo
Nov 26, 2016 • 41 min
Two new fosters for Thanksgiving, continuing with the November “gratitude” creative project, and a wonderful book to read aloud. * Extra Yarn * Stone Soup (from way back in Episode 38)
Episode 206: It’s a Noun
Nov 20, 2016 • 37 min
My November “daily” project in progress. Mid-November check-in and thoughts on the Gratitude project as a creative project. * Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words
Episode 205: Gratitude
Oct 29, 2016 • 36 min
Random doodling/collage while I listened back to this show . Thoughts on a freeform, month-long November project centered around gratitude. * Jennifer Lawson’s set of gratitude sketches (which sparked my thinking about this month’s project) * Jennifer…
Episode 204: Mid-October
Oct 22, 2016 • 14 min
#Inktober 9. I mislabeled this in my sketchbook. I had been looking at images of Flickers, but this is a Downy Woodpecker (I think). A very short check-in show… October, #Inktober, daily drawings, what I am seeing in my own work… and where I am headed,…
Episode 203: Bon Appetit
Oct 20, 2016 • 27 min
Introductory page in Bon Appetit, by Jessie Hartland A cookie, a crumpled wrapper, a series, a book about Julia Child, food art, and more. Prompt at the end. * Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child (Jessie Hartland) * Jessie Hartland - Bon…
Episode 202: Inktober
Oct 10, 2016 • 19 min
#Inkotober 8 — a dog drawn from a photo online Episode 202: An off-the-cuff look at Inktober, a daily challenge in October. You should!I have been doing and posting quick daily sketches each day in keeping with #Inktober. There are many ways to “do”…
Episode 201: A to Z and Back Again
Sep 25, 2016 • 40 min
Reading an A to Z book by Maira KalmanIn Episode 201, random moments that may or may not be related, a loosely recurring theme of memory, and a bizarre moment with the household fish. Plus, three books for young readers that you will want to read aloud…
Episode 200: Layers
Sep 18, 2016 • 36 min
Morning inspiration / Collage books (see links below) Morning inspiration / Jane Davies videoA milestone episode — 200. Thoughts on collage, on layers, on the freedom of the process, and two collage books for you to check.* Collage Workbook (Randel…
Episode 199: Griffin and Sabine, Again
Sep 10, 2016 • 18 min
Reading from the Griffin and Sabine series while waiting in the car… old and new correspondences blending. Part of the wonder of reading Griffin and Sabine is the art of the postcards, letters, and stamps. There is a beguiling and captivating level of…
Episode 198: Art Journal Inspiration
Aug 30, 2016 • 27 min
Two books this week, a powerful pair of art journal inspiration titles from Dina Wakley.Examples from Dina Wakley’s Art Journal Freedom.Whether you are an art journaler or a visual journal keeper or just a sketchbook keeper, these books are inspiring to…
Episode 197: The Moments within the Moments
Aug 25, 2016 • 21 min
Above: Reading Maira Kalman’s Beloved Dog * Portraits in Creativity: Maira Kalman * Maira Kalman: What I choose to illustrate and why * Maira Kalman: Art and the Power of Not Knowing * All Great Ideas Start with an Empty Brain, with Artist Maira Kalman *…
Episode 196: Inspiration Book
Aug 16, 2016 • 27 min
This week on the CMP, a continuation of the discussion started in Episode 195 about finding photos. But this week, we branch out to the clipping and tearing and stashing and saving and, ultimately, compiling in a single, handy, accessible, functional…
Episode 195: Finding Photos
Aug 12, 2016 • 39 min
Finding photos —the perfect photos, the ones that match what you have in your head— can be a real challenge! This summer, I have spent lots of time searching online for photos to match certain prompts, subjects, moods, and tones for drawings I have done.…
Episode 194: Color Code
Aug 7, 2016 • 19 min
Above: screenshot from Corrie Baldauf’s Twitter feed / Gravity’s Rainbow project I have listened to, watched, and read so many interviews and resources that are related to this show since recording this… I almost feel I should totally redo it. After…
Episode 193: First Lines
Aug 2, 2016 • 18 min
index card drawing in process. 61/61Talking about first lines, blank pages, titles, first words, the creative process, and more. This one is for writers and non-writers and artists of all varieties.
Episode 192: Theme Song
Jul 24, 2016 • 18 min
Lyrics, language, theme songs, playlists, and a double-headed listening (and recording) prompt!
Episode 191: Bio
Jun 18, 2016
Thoughts on writing bios and introductions, the big question, “Am I still creative,” a bio 4 ways prompt, and a book of craft activities for kids. Note: This is the final show recorded before I left in early June, so the sound is not balanced between the…
Episode 190: IF
Jun 5, 2016 • 42 min
A poetry refresher, “Where I’m From” poems, and an inspiring book on mapmaking. * “This Is Just to Say” (William Carlos Williams) * “If” (Rudyard Kipling) * Poetryoutloud.org * “Where I’m From” (George Ella Lyon) * Map Art Lab: 52 Exciting Art…
Episode 189: Raven
May 31, 2016 • 39 min
A raven on the street, thoughts on morning processes and late-night drawings, managing your creative time and routine, reminder about the one-sentence journal idea (check Episode 187). Plus, a special guest visit from Tammy of Daisy Yellow about doing the…
Episode 188: The Noisy Paintbox
May 29, 2016 • 47 min
Preparations for ICAD, waffling about whether to use color or not to use color, thinking through the stuffed animal theme and whether or not it is even possible as a theme, and two storybooks about artists. * The Noisy Paintbox * Iridescence of Birds: A…
Episode 187: One Sentence
May 25, 2016 • 31 min
One-sentence journal, one-staple collage (a la Daisy Yellow), school dropoff/pickup conversations, inspiring podcasts, and more. Mentioned in this episode: * Happier with Gretchen Rubin (podcast) * Dear Sugar Radio (podcast) * Cheryl Strayed: The Humble…
Episode 186: For the Love of Midori
May 23, 2016 • 52 min
A longgggggg show that delves into the world of the Midori Traveler’s Notebook (MTN) system. This show has been waiting for more than a year to be shared, so grab your tea and settle in. The world of traveler’s notebooks is vast! Groups, Etsy sellers, and…
Episode 185: Tracking Teddy
May 19, 2016 • 32 min
A trip down memory lane, our own ability to narrate our pasts, and a book of teddy bear photos.
Episode 184: Idea Books
May 7, 2016 • 28 min
High school art show, drawing from life, and two book reviews: Art Lab for Kids and Journal It!
Episode 183: It Matters
May 3, 2016 • 42 min
A random comment about my journals leads to a philosophical quandry. Does it matter? * Book lists (what’s on the nearest stack/shelf you see?) * All 339 Books Referenced In “Gilmore Girls” * 10 Books For Adults That Are Just As Magical As The Harry Potter…
Episode 182: Creamer
Apr 13, 2016 • 49 min
In 182, final thoughts on #justonemug, Danny Gregory’s Art Before Breakfast, When David Lost His Voice, and more, lots more. * Danny Gregory’s Art Before Breakfast * Danny’s Art of Breakfast Video * When David Lost His Voice * Tracey Fletcher King’s…
Episode 181: Flip-Through
Mar 19, 2016 • 42 min
Grab your coffee or tea, your sketchbook and pen or knitting, and settle in… this one is on the longer side. In today’s show: * Flip-Through (for you) * Brief mention of an experiment with compositions notebooks (going really old school!) * Mail art book:…
Episode 180: A Planter
Mar 11, 2016 • 26 min
Back with another short show. This ones gets a bit of A and a bit of B. Moving forward. Continuing with the cup theme, and then one strange tale from the library.
Episode 179: Cup Board (B)
Mar 6, 2016 • 20 min
Version B… same as version A of Episode 179: Cup Board, but different. Each version, in the end, contains slightly different stories while still sharing the same story of a childhood cup board and encouragement for you to take this cup a day challenge…
Episode 179: Cup Board (A)
Mar 6, 2016 • 14 min
Continuing with the cup a day theme, a story about a cup board from my childhood, and encouragement to join in with this challenge. You only need one cup, not dozens…. Grab a cup of coffee or tea (or whatever), your sketchbook, a pen… and make time. You…
Episode 178: Just One Cup
Mar 1, 2016 • 15 min
A challenge for the month (or whenever you join us)… in words, in line, in thread… a simple challenge to help us make time each day for our creative selves.
Episode 177: What You See
Feb 29, 2016 • 15 min
The first in a new series of short episodes, looser in feel, but the same spirit an energy of the CMP. This is the grown up version of the CMP. Challenge: Try the daily journal page described, inspired by Lynda Barry’s Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental…