Monthly Archives: November 2012

Day 14 – What Record-Breaking Sales Mean for Creative Types

"Bravo!" by Mary Gow
“Bravo,” watercolor and pencil on paper, by Mary Gow
Good news made headlines over the weekend.

Americans still love to buy and we showed up in record-breaking numbers to support our own economy.

It feels good to see the uptick, doesn’t it?

It looks to me like the design of what’s available seems to be getting better. And better. My bold statement of the day is: There’s never been a greater time in history than now for well-designed products.

This year I my trusted PC laptop was ailing and I bought a Mac. And earlier this year I also got an iPhone (not this latest one).

I didn’t know why such hoop-la about a phone though I did notice my friends who had one seemed to use it as an everyday efficiency tool. For years I resisted because I didn’t want to go with something because it was popular.

But within the first two hours of buying my iPhone it proved its value because I was lost in Los Angeles and the GPS features showed me exactly where I was. Plus I immediately admired the useful speakerphone that could really amplify!

That doesn’t mean the new Android phones haven’t caught my eye.

The mini-computers we can carry around in our pockets is getting incredibly exponentially more awesome as the days go by.

And the astounding sales figures for them shows that people are willing to pay for well-designed products.

Great design is getting noticed more than ever.

Word travels quicker than ever.

I feel like there’s never been a greater time to be alive and creative. And for creative-types, there’s never been a more important time not to keep your work a secret.

I know I’ve been guilty of “hiding my light under a bushel.”

But no more!

Someone other than you needs to see what you’ve painted, hear that song you wrote, read that poem, smell and taste your new dish, experience your new film or play.

Will you let your light shine?

It’s your time!

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Day 13 – The Opening

The Opening, by Mary Gow
“The Opening,” watercolor and pencil on paper, by Mary Gow
This is the thirteenth day of thirty days of sharing what’s in my sketchbook.

I feel a sense of gratitude for everyday abundance. Gratitude for breathing, heart beating, eyes seeing.

Like exercising muscles, the daily habit of art making is flowing well. Today’s watercolor is of one of my favorite subjects: the sky.

I hope you are finding what gets you into your creative groove…or was it shopping groove these past few days?

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Day 12 – And the Dream Continues

And the Dream Continues, by Mary Gow
“And the Dream Continues,” watercolor and pencil, by Mary Gow
Some schools of thought advocate doing what you love and the money will follow.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

Other schools advocate finding the intersection of what you love to do with what the world needs.

I like how Shea Hembrey created his own biennial and became the 100 artists participating in it! Watch his TED Talk here.

Joseph Campbell says artists are the myth-makers of our day. The artist’s function is the mythologization of the mysteries of becoming a human being.

Keep your dreams alive because no one else can tell the stories you have to tell. No one sees things exactly the way you see it.

You’re an alchemist. The Universe might mysteriously be conspiring for your success.

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Day 11 – Water

Water Wonderful Water
Water Wonderful Water, watercolor and pencil, by Mary Gow

Clean, drinkable water.

Unfortunately 780 million people lack access to clean drinkable water.

See more astounding water facts at

Thank you.

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