07 - Growing Your Creativity

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Hello and Welcome to another episode of : The INKspired Life

I’m your host, Jason Nicholas. Artist. Architect. Teacher. 

The INKspired Life podcast about sketching and creative mindset. I'm so excited to be your host, as we embark on a journey of creative discovery. During this podcast, you'll learn how to nurture your creative spirit and become an artist who is confident in their ability to create beautiful things.

We’ll also talk about overcoming creative blocks and turning failure into growth opportunities. I’ll give you practical tools for managing stress and staying motivated so that you can stay focused on achieving your artistic goals.

So join me on this journey of creative exploration! Every week I'll bring you inspiring stories, practical tips and advice that will help you unlock the artist within yourself and become the most confident version of yourself possible!

Today’s episode….

Flower Power - Growing your Creativity

As you may know, my favorite sketching subject is architecture.  I have been sketching buildings since way back when (see that, no math to do there) and have never grown tired of it. But, that being said, sometimes our creative brains can get into a rut and need a bit of mixing up - a sort of inspiration infusion.  An infusion to grow your creativity and blossom your confidence.

One of the ways I find that helps me to add to this creative growth is by sketching a subject that is out of my comfort zone - something that doesn't have any windows or doors.  Recently I was inspired by my community of art friends to sketch a flower. Flowers are delicate, beautiful, and simply delightful.  Could I sketch 'delightful and delicate'?  Yikes.

After getting out of my own way and the "comparison trap", I put pen to paper and started sketching my favorite flower - the iris. My creative intention for this piece was to simply have fun while keeping my loose sketchy style.

How did stepping out of my comfort zone and sketching an iris help my creativity to bloom?  Here are my takeaways.

  1. SEEING the world a bit differently.

My eyes and brain have  been so conditioned to focus on the rectilinear and straight lines of architecture. Now when I'm out and about, I am noticing the world of curves and free-flowing shapes more. 

  1. ADDING more curvy lines in my sketches.  I am consciously trying to add more curves into my artwork.  I am finding that they not only help to loosen up my style, but curves help to add a sense of movement to my sketches. Curves are a new tool to add to my creativity bag. 
  2. BELIEVING. Stepping out and sketching a totally different subject has helped to up my self confidence a bit.  A confidence to not be afraid to try something new.  



I want to leave you with one action step today.

What is something you could sketch or paint today that you have not tried.  Something you feel that might help you to SEE, ADD, and BELIEVE a bit differently when it comes to your creative mindset.  Whatever that subject is, put pen to paper, paint to canvas and just go for it.

 Peace and Live Creatively!



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I have prints for sale of my Iris sketch available on my Fine Art America website.


Check out my Podcast Page for more inspo on topics such as "The Comparison Trap" and "Setting Creative Intentions".