See the California Coastal Poppy?

Did you know there are different types of California poppy flowers? I recently learned about it from a radio announcer who explained why poppies were being removed from the UCSB campus. Apparently the coastal variety is lighter in color and also resistant to molding in our wet foggy weather. There is an effort to conserve…

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Napkin Art at Santa Barbara Bar

I discovered these napkin art drawings in my old sketchbook recently – they were drawn at a bar in Santa Barbara. It was my birthday and I met some new people who joined in with us. You know I travel with all kinds of pens – although these days it’s mostly just the iPad. Can’t wait…

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Removing the Mask

Achieving high value things in life involves effort and the tricky task of collaborating harmoniously with others. Collaboration is a skill with rewards that go beyond anything an individual is capable of accomplishing. In this paper, I will introduce you to one talented, harmonious group I am involved with. Our shared vision as artists extends…

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Art Without Limits and The Art of Going Viral

I’m excited to announce that I was elected to be on the Board of Directors at Art Without Limits. The mission of AWoL is: Art With­out Lim­its cre­ates inten­sive one-on-one men­tor­ships for aspir­ing Santa Bar­bara County artists by pair­ing them with pro­fes­sional artists and busi­ness experts to help them suc­ceed in their cho­sen art form. We encourage…

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Horizontal planes

As beings that exist physically on one horizontal plane, we seek to explore communication vertically by capabilities of mind over body. These horizontal planes represent our physical existence and the gaps between, through, and around the planes represent space for growth of the mind. By Allison(Cermak) Borgschulte and Mitra Cline Fall 2002 Photos Book

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Collaborative circles and creative work – quotes (chapter 1)

quotes from, Collaborative circles friendship dynamics and creative work by Michael P Farrell Chapter 1 – Collaborative circles and creative work (Text to speech dictating/ refer to actual text for accuracy) A collaborative circle combines the dynamics of the friendship group and a worker. At the course a set of friends who, over a period…

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Group Genius (quotes)

Sawyer, K. (2008). Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration. Basic Books. (Text to speech dictating/ refer to actual text for accuracy) Part one: the collaborative team The power of collaboration The loan genius is a myth; instead, it’s group genius that generates breakthrough innovation. Collaboration derives creativity because innovation always emerges from a series…

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How To Make a Music Video Animation

I created my first animated video using (mostly) mobile apps and social media. It started with inspiration from a song and evolved organically from there. I used my iPhone and my iPad – with some final edits on the computer in Adobe Premiere. Finding the inspiration to create Art inspires art – leading to a…

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Amplification in the creative process. #WARNING might lead to the true nature of #reality

Amplification is the 3rd step in developing a creative idea using Jung’s techniques for accessing the unconscious. Stage 1 is intuition – choose an image from a powerful dream or feeling or a response from something in your life. Stage 2 is bringing the intuition into the consciousness. What is going on here? What does it…

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Active Imagination Technique and how it helps the creative process.

“In his creative work the artist is dependent on sources and resources deriving from the spiritual unconscious.”  ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning Active imagination was devised as a therapeutic practice, by Carl Jung, to help patients that were depressed or had a lot of bad feelings. In the practice the goal is to grow relationships…

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