Khali Whatley is back! She has turned into such a lovely blessing in my life! All since starting the show! She tuned in, reached out to me and now I have a wonderful friend! Yeah!! We were making a special recording for the Smart Creative Style Course Q and A and we made one for you as well. We are talking about business goals, why you need them and HOW to tackle them! You might be surprised! This 10 minutes could CHANGE the way you operate in a POSITIVE way!! Great stories packed into this short video (and a teary eyed Monica!) It’s a good one! Tune in!
One of the interesting elements of the Smart Creative Style course was that I realized what type of architecture I am drawn to. Through a series of exercises and clicks, I found the work of Paul R. Williams, an African American architect who began his work during the period of growth in Los Angeles in the 1920’s and 30’s. I started reading up and on him and found a fascinating revelation that speaks to me as an artist.
I knew he had to deal with serious prejudice but he faced racism head on but how he dealt with it is incredible. Here is an excerpt from the book, Classic Hollywood Style:
” When it was inappropriate for him to lean across the shoulder of a white person, he learned to draw upside down. This enabled him to sit on the other side of the desk, with the clients firmly planted a safe distance away on the other side, and as he asked what you would like in your home, he sketched it upside down.”
UPSIDE DOWN!!! He practiced this technique at night. This book was filled with his attention to detail and excellence in every image. I am awe struck by his story, his work and his dedication. He had an illustrious career and yet I can’t get this detailed part of his journey out of my head.
He figured out what he needed to do and did it.
No one was guiding him or telling him how to be a success in 3 easy steps. No one offered him a webinar to learn how he could gain 10,000 followers in 6 weeks. He couldn’t google “how to deal with white clients.” He figured out what he needed to do and he did it. I am truly inspired by Paul R. Williams.
Emily McDowell is one to watch! She is fun. Wait! I meant she is FUNNY! Ok, she is fun and funny!
She is making it happen. “It” being a rapidly growing stationery and gift company. What has happened to her in the last year has turned into what she calls a learning curve-tastic-adventure. (Insert tune: THIS GIRL IS ON FIRE) Her art and her take-no-prisoner-sentiments have hit the pulse of a delighted and amused audience. Fast (read: meteoric) growth has been the result. Tune in as she gives advice and shares her story.
If you are anything like me, you may not have complete trust in the left side of your brain. You may have not have made friends with your analytical side early on in grade school as you gleefully played with the creative or right side of your brain. It may be time to reintroduce them to each other! You are going to need all parts of yourself as a small business owner. Here is my advice on how you navigate this meeting!
PS Check out my cute scarf sent to me by Nikki Butler
PSS How about my new painting in the background from Jamie Derringer?
One of my new favorite people to follow on instagram is Donald Drawbertson aka Donald Robertson. He is head of Creative Development at Bobbi Brown. His loose yet magnetic drawings simply delight me every time I see them in my feed. Oh, to be that loose with my art. Maybe he doesn’t drink as much coffee as I do so he never gets wound up? How does he manage to be so prolific? Is his desk at work piled high with markers? Wouldn’t it be nice to have him on the show so I could ask him all this? My very favorites of his are the drawings he does of “multiples.” Giraffes make me happy so multiples of giraffes make me very happy.
And how about these food-a-grams? Is this guy a hoot or what? I want my brain to be so creative that I start seeing things in my food! You can follow Donald here, he’s fun!
I am so happy to be chatting with Alyssa Thomas from Penguin and Fish! Alyssa started her company with a good idea some fast decision making and it has been non-stop ever since. Penguin and Fish tapped into a niche market with Alyssa’s darling embroidery patterns for children and adults of all ages. She has expanded into designing fabrics as well, below is a peek at her newest collection. She is an artist that knows herself and what she likes. She brings whit and charm into all of her creations. Tune in as I ask her about her start and how she handles making decisions as a small business owner. I like the advice she dishes out! You can take a look at her lovely book Sew and Stitch Embroidery here. Time to get your craft on!
Sew and Stitch Embroidery by Aylssa Thomas
“Don’t ask what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that. Because the world needs more people who have come alive.”-Howard Thurman
Sometimes coming alive requires vulnerability.
Sometimes coming alive requires letting go of other peoples’ expectations.
Sometimes coming alive requires you to be still.
Sometimes coming alive requires honesty.
Sometimes coming alive requires community.
Sometimes coming alive requires courage.
Sometimes coming alive requires action.
Sometimes we know what would MAKE us come alive but we don’t ask ourselves what is required of us to go do that.
What does coming alive require from you?