Challenge to Self: Write a short story for our times, using the oddest additions to Webster’s this year, including words I had to look up.
As publisher of my fiction, nonfiction, photographs, paintings, design, and creative ideas, I find my focus in seeing, exploring and recording life's details—like the two novels I'm writing, or the scenic gumbo that is my Vanishing Austin photography series, and the prints I call Lightscapes. Or writing for my blog on creativity, art + what goes with it, and my travels around my hometown, Austin, Texas and back in time, at AustinDetails.me. Creative collaboration is a key part of my process. And it all comes together on my art + photo + words blog, Pairings :: Art + What Goes With It, at AustinDetails.me, where my art meets tech.
A short tale of finding what I wasn’t searching for, with a twist—of color.
Creativity offers the allure of many twists and turns. We can’t really have it all, though, can we? Isn’t choice inevitable?
Windows and doors are irresistible to me. They offer enough symbolism to crank up anyone’s creative engine.
Where can you find little works of art? Look for them in the commonplace, and in the clichés, where they hide in plain sight.
There’s no doubt that some of our best ideas come when we’re away from the office, in the flow of life. But when we’re stuck at our desks, there are aids to help the flow.
Creativity is the one drug, when over-used, that has never caused any harmful side effects. But it has always improved quality of life.
Art is everywhere, not just in museums, often in the architecture of well-preserved towns–where their sense of place honors their architectural past.
Looking at water for patterns, and finding them, or finding none at all, can be a source of inspiration and creativity.
Photographers, like painters, present their vision of what they see to the world. Like painters, they’re artists. Talk with them about their art the same way.
Our moments, our thoughts, our experiences and our time on earth, like nature, are fleeting, ever-moving. We can learn from that.
When you’re in a car, itching to shoot what’s flashing by, but there’s a window and 75 mph between you and your fast-moving subjects, you can still shoot the scenery with these pro tips.
When life becomes too frantic, we can take a lesson from nature’s humblest creatures to find stillness in the wild.
The impulse to distraction will always be with us. But to find focus, we can look within, where our own best experts live.
There’s one color that consistently belongs to Austin in every season, and in spring, even more so.