How Can We Overcome Barriers to Creativity?

We think of barriers quite literally, as physical obstacles in our paths. But barriers can be much more debilitating to our creativity when we impose them upon ourselves. "As long as more walls still stand...We’ll need more of you, young people, who imagine the world as it should be; who knock down walls; who knock... Continue Reading →

Light meets design makes shadow creates pattern bathes piano attracts musician rides bike brings color makes music becomes art = pairings, unexpected . . . “Creativity is that marvelous capacity to grasp mutually distinct realities and draw a spark from their juxtaposition.” ― MAX ERNST _________ Some Related Juxtapositions: Austin Is a Town of Continual Juxtapositions... Continue Reading →

Windows and Doors Have Stories to Tell . . .

How can you pass by an intriguing window or door by without making note, or making a picture? There's a story to be told behind them . . . Doors and windows are openings to Mystery Who is this woman Beckoning? and why? Or is she beckoning no one? Is she merely wary, curious, observant? . .... Continue Reading →

What man has made of steel and concrete becomes beauty when mirrored by nature; and the mind can only improve upon what's not seen. Imagination takes over to create a much more eloquent vision than three bland office towers, standing above an Austin shoreline.  ______ BUY A PRINT of On the Lake by Jann Alexander and... Continue Reading →

There’s an App for That: Achieve Your 2014 Tech Resolutions

Get your tech affairs together so you have more time for creativity in 2014. It's nearly 2014. The year will begin with experts' columns, advising us on New Year preparations, resolutions and goals. Generally the best recourse is to read these columns, save them in a location where you'll never find them, and then procrastinate until... Continue Reading →

The Gift I Treasure Most

There are lots of lovely gifts under the tree, but there's one I treasure above all others.

What most creatives know about happiness is this: If they can't create, they can't be happy. Here's to the thrill of the creative effort and happiness for all in 2014: Phillip Q. Gangan on The Path to Creative Happiness: "Creativity . . . is an integral part of everyday life, both at work and at play.... Continue Reading →

What You’re Most Expecting Doesn’t Happen Until You’re Least Expecting It

I was so certain I'd have those cowgirl boots under the Christmas tree that year. After all, I'd wanted them really badly last year, I'd made that clear to Santa and my parents and whomever else might have been listening, and they hadn't appeared. So I'd been extra special good the whole next year, and... Continue Reading →

— Found: An oft-painted warehouse wall, pitted, cracking, alive with color. Lost: The desire for perfection. “Perfectionism means that you try not to leave so much mess to clean up. But clutter and mess show us that life is being lived.” ― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life  ♣ Related articles Bird by Bird:... Continue Reading →

Blessings for The Man in Black

A broken-down bus that long lived at Austin's famous honky-tonk shows some respect for the Man in Black. The missing 1948 Flxible Clipper bus that once lent its retro funk to Austin's best-known dance hall, the Broken Spoke, made an unannounced road trip last spring to Adkins, Texas and ended up parked at Texas Pride Barbecue. Seems... Continue Reading →

Ain't no sunshine. It's a dreary, dull, drab, gray day. A day that demands a wing and a prayer to find inspiration. A day for an Artist's Poem, one I wrote and hand-lettered while under the influence of The Artist's Way, the Serenity Prayer and yoga mantras. ♣ Related articles Inspiration ( My Poem 'The Artist's Life'... Continue Reading →

The Eyes Have It

Today's Treat: Supernaturally blue eyes, no Photoshop applied. Just a trick of the lens(es) worn by the costumed subject. So the eyes have it. Related articles DAILY PROMPT: Trick or Treat served as inspiration to share this image ( SEE MORE PHOTOS by Jann Alexander ( Tricked You! It's Not A Painting, It's A Real-Life... Continue Reading →

Visit a place where the sky meets the horizon in Maine.

Oh, the stories we can tell, when we have a connection with our art.

It’s Monday. Are You Inspired Yet?

Ideas in my blog's Drafts folder are growing mold, since the shiny newest thing is always most appealing. But on Mondays, who feels inspired to start something new? Here are some sources of inspiration for starting something new. Or for just polishing off those moldy old rough drafts: 1. 15 Ways to Rediscover Your Inspiration, from... Continue Reading →

Getting My Weekly Wacky Fix

As a self-defined seeker of the wacky, I've cultivated a number sources I follow online to get my Weekly Wacky Fix. These are some of the more creative bits I've read this week, many of which I round up every Friday in Time Traveling. The current buzz term for this is content curation, so that... Continue Reading →

A Summer Invitation

— There is nothing as inviting as a languid, limpid pool of cool blue water on a hot summer day. — ORDER A PRINT of Blue Pool by Jann Alexander and visit for more fine art photography and paintings. RELATED ARTICLES Truly in Hues of Blue ( Cool, Clear Water ( Daily Prompt: Water

How Can You Pick Just One Passion?

    "Like a parent with many children, I'd find it hard to name a favorite among my creative passions—Art, Design, Photography, Writing, Technology, Web, Social Media, Marketing, Blogging. I think my days are a success when they're all playing nicely together." —Jann Alexander, Austin Details Art + Photo Purchase prints from Jann Alexander's Lightscapes series and see... Continue Reading →

"If you don't know where you're going, you might not get there." —Yogi Berra Being prompted by a WordPress Daily Prompt, State of Your Year, is a great way to start a regular habit: assessing where you're at mid-way through the year, or at any time that's right for you. Why assess where you're at? Well, just... Continue Reading →

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