This week is a bit more personal, for both you and I, as I share a bit more about the next chapter in our Adventures in Creativity. There are changes, rather, evolutions underway and I’m very excited to share that with you.

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The concept of storytelling is one of, if not the only, most important elements of creativity, the creative process, and even simply the human experience. Let’s talk about why. 

 

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I’m joined by a very special guest this week to talk about creativity from the perspective of a kid. Especially from the perspective of a kid with a parent that is a creative. My daughter Emma joins me as my co-host this week with some background appearances by my son, Orion as well!

 

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Do you ever wonder if being an artist has somehow ruined your ability to just ENJOY the type of artwork you make? Let’s talk about this for just a moment. 

 

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As an artist it can be very tough to set aside the expectation of wanting everyone to love what you do. The fact is, not everyone will love what you do, and that is a good thing. 

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One of my long time favorite people to follow on social media has been the super talented artist from Calgary, Shelley Nutma. From paint to pen and ink there is something incredibly captivating about the worlds she creates and in this episode she’s stopped by the virtual studio to share her story with us!

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As we wrap up our series on how and why focusing on creating deep connections to our audience when it comes to our creativity, we’re going to find a brilliant strategy in the most unlikely of places… Horror films and stories. 

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Let’s talk about the first strategy you can put in place to help shift your mindset from the “Gotta Catch ‘Em All Pokemon” mentality to a true appreciation of the fans of your art and creative pursuits that are already in your corner!

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I’m kicking off a short multipart series of episodes about some thoughts on connecting with your audience, both how and why it’s important. To kick things off let me tell you about a story I heard about a boy and the starfish from friend of the show, Andy Pugh from Thoughts From The Tinkerage Podcast. 

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A couple years back I wrote an article about a Japanese practice called Shinrin-Yoku, or loosely translated, Forest Bathing. Because of the recent Covid-19 Pandemic, it’s something I’ve been putting into practice now more than ever. I wanted to share this practice with you because I think you’ll find it a valuable tool for your emotional and creative well-being. 

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