Have you ever taken the StrengthsFinder assessment? Apparently, two of my top strengths are "input" and "intellection" -- which basically means that I'm a collector of random data and that I like to think things through. Working as an artist for over 20 years means I've collected a lot in my mental room and that I actually sift and sort and think about all of it. (Some might say over-think it.) In 2010, I presented my first Creative Manifesto on my original Rich Inner Life blog. It was born from all those things I say over and over in my head, until it got so crowded in there that I needed to write those thoughts down — distill them into some basic belief statements about my creative efforts, some guiding principles that let me stop dwelling on the why and how and get to work creating. (And maybe leave a little room leftover for remembering other stuff. Like what that book was about that I read six months ago.) For 2014, I’ve made some simple revisions to the original six statements, and I’ve added more. It’s still a work in progress (and the perfect opportunity to not take myself too seriously). These are my own simple truths, but I hope that our philosophies will overlap & that you’ll let me know when they do.
(my two favorite words in the whole English language)I love to create. I like grabbing ideas out of thin air and turning them into something that can be touched or worn or used. My manifesto starts here, because this statement drives all the rest. (And because it's so simple, and so true.) I like making things. I am most alive when I’m in my creative world — thinking about a new project, planning it, making it, cherishing it (and sending it out into the world or keeping it for myself). The perfect place to begin: no baggage, no parameters. You can read my original Creative Manifesto here. Or just stay tuned, as I share the new & improved version over the next two weeks.