creative life

5 Reasons To Sketch and Draw

“Learning to draw is really a matter of learning to see – to see correctly – and that means a good deal more than merely looking with the eye.” Kimon Nicolaides

Even if you think you can’t draw, getting started with simple line sketches can get you in the groove. All you need to get started is a pencil, paper, and a little courage to make mistakes. And don’t forget to have fun along the way.
According to the dictionary, the difference between a sketch and a drawing is:
draw: verb… produce (a picture or diagram) by making lines and marks, especially with a pen or pencil, on paper.
sketch: verb…make a rough drawing of …
Here are my top 5 reasons why we should all experience sketching and drawing:
  1. Draw to experience greater freedom of expression. Drawing is like adding another language, after all art is a visual language.
  2. Draw to develop the right side of your brain, the creative side, which will help you view things with a different perspective and enhance problem solving skills. This is like working a muscle.
  3. Draw to expand your perception and awareness. Drawing teaches us to see differently. When we draw we begin to have more of a sense of awe and wonder because we see more of the usually unnoticed details.
  4. Draw to unleash and enhance your imagination which will allow you to be more daring. Expanding your creativity adds value to all aspects of your life.
  5. Draw to just have fun! Drawing can help you relax and relieve stress by getting lost in your drawing. It gets your mind off the stressful things previously occupying your mind.

Reconnect With Your Creative Self! ~Maria


5 Reasons To Keep a Notebook

5 Reasons To Keep a Notebook:

  1. Keeping a notebook is like documenting snapshots of what is happening in your life. Keep them on your bookshelf and flip through them from time to time.
  2. A place to keep and build upon all your ideas inspired by everyday life. Also a place for doodles, letters, notes, poems sketches, quotes, lists, dreams, and gratitude.
  3. A place to journal about random thoughts, your daily activity, conversations, current events, movies, things that matter to you, and interesting excerpts you’ve read.
  4. To break away daily and just be creative…getting lost in the zone.
  5. Keep a notebook if only for the sake of getting out of your own head. You can revisit your thoughts and ideas in your notebook later but you won’t remember them if you keep them in your head.

“I think we’re creative all day long. We have to have an appointment to have that work out on the page. Because the creative part of us gets tired of waiting, or just gets tired.”  Mary Oliver

Reconnect With Your Creative Self


After the kids have grown up and moved out, we sometimes find ourselves with a loss of interests and a loss of our own identity and creativity. Finding ourselves isn’t always easy or clear since we have spent many years focusing on helping others find their own way in life. I often hear from others that engaging in creative endeavors is always like some sort of therapy that helps them figure out who and what they want to be during their second half of life. 

I’ve listed three tips here to get your started…keep it simple and don’t get overwhelmed. Getting your ideas out of your head and onto paper may sometimes only spark a single thought-but sometimes that’s all you need. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to happen. Make it happen. Practicing creativity is like a muscle—Use it or lose it.

3 Simple Ways To Use Your Creative Muscle:

  1. Keep a notebook in which you can draw, doodle, write, glue inspiring images in, etc. It’s your creative notebook. No one is going to grade you on this. This simple practice is my favorite! It’s always fun to look back at some of your older notebooks.
  2. Start a small creative group in which you meet monthly with like-minded individuals to create and share ideas and show your work. It builds your confidence and bravery. The more you show others your work, the braver and more confident you will become.
  3. Take photos of everyday beauty. Do something creative with your photos. Learn how to create a photo book online or have your photos printed on canvas.

Why do any of this? To re-claim your creative identity, improve concentration, quiet the mind and ultimately have more fun in life.

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“Creativity is not a pastime. It’s an essential part of who we are, finding countless expressions in our life each day.” Tyler Enfield

First Things First

Looking at this flyer I created for my workshops and talks, I was reminded of the impact our health has on our ability to be inspired creatively. I tend to have more ideas and feel more inspired to create when I eat well and commit to my morning walks. I can give the best of myself to others creatively, happily, and emotionally when I feel my best. First things first…take care of your health and the rest will come easier.

In The City

view of mt. royal old monteal top of mt. real

In the city of Montreal Canada, May 2006.

Travel inspires me probably more than anything else! I find myself looking back through my travel photos time and time again. Starting this month I’d like to share some of my travel pics with you on a regular basis.

Photo #1, what you see in the background is Mt. Royal (the city is named after it).

Photo #2 is in old Montreal

Photo #3 is a view from the top of Mt. Royal

Montréal is the largest city in Québec. Predominantly French-speaking, it’s set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River and named after Mt. Royal, the triple-peaked hill at its heart.

“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” Gilbert K. Chesterton