trust the process

Every creative has heard, and maybe at some point spoken these words at some point: trust the process. I surely have. I still do. It’s beautiful, and it feels deeply true to me. But there’s also the flipside to that coin: is this the artist’s equivalent of believing in Santa Claus? Maybe it’s beautiful and … Read more

creativity images

Many people associate creativity with something visual, and so I thought it would be an interesting exercise to see visual representations of creativity, and offer them as free images to use for any purpose whatsoever. You can use all of these images for your own creative projects, I’ve made them available under a Creative Commons … Read more

ordinary religious believers vs religious geniuses

In The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James makes a distinction between two kinds of religious people: the ordinary religious believer versus the religious genius. The ordinary religious believer This is the person who oftentimes from his upbringing has been taught to be part of a particular religion. Most Christians are Christians because their parents … Read more

the development of cubism: picasso & braque


I’ve always liked cubism, but I was most familiar with Picasso’s work. What I didn’t know was that the development of cubism was really a creative collaboration between two artists. While Picasso gained incredible fame and wealth, and became indeed the first celebrity artist, the other one is largely forgotten outside of the art world: … Read more

go on your creative healing journey

Woodcut of a long winding road through the mountains symbolizing a healing journey

We’re all on a healing journey. Healing from past traumas, healing from unresolved pain, healing from the wounds inflicted upon us and the scars of fear they left behind in our psyche. There are destructive and creative forces at work within each of us—and more proactively engaging with those creative energies is ultimately what will … Read more

confessions of a recovering perfectionist

woodcut representing perfectionism

I’m a somewhat weird creature. At times, I’m absolutely perfectionistic. Other times, I’m the exact opposite: seemingly careless and inattentive. It’s a very odd combination, paradoxical, but when did human beings ever make sense? But let’s look at the perfectionism first, and why I consider myself a recovering perfectionist. The thing about perfectionism is that … Read more

how to handle feelings of inadequacy

abstract depiction of feelings of inadequacy

I don’t know where my own feelings of inadequacy come from, but I know they’ve been with me from an early age. As I’ve grown older and evolved as a person, these feelings, too, have evolved, and expressed themselves through different manifestations. I no longer feel inadequate about the things that made me feel inadequate … Read more