Art is hard. It often looks easy from the outside. ‘I could have done that,’ says Jane. ‘But you didn’t,’ says Peter. That’s art. A true artist is not born. They are certainly not made overnight. Art is the result of a series of events that came together thanks to a commitment. A decision made […]

E.L. Doctorow once said: “Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing, and learn as you go.” As my daily writing experiments have shown, he is right. Writing can reveal a lot about the world and ourselves. The sheer act of writing unlocks that which is deep within the dusty libraries of my mind. Until recently, I treated writing as a […]

Here it is again. That wave of discomfort. It starts like a rippling in my chest, and then a ping in my throat. I couldn’t describe the emotion because it is composed of several. Frustration; boredom; anger; restlessness; confusion, and borderline despair. I’m also sleepy. This can’t be a good start, can it? Well, yes […]

Finishing things is mega important. It means that the stuff we make has a greater chance of being seen, used and loved. When we finish things often, we have a shot at making a dent in this silly Universe. But there is one thing that is even more important than finishing, and that’s starting. “The […]

My name is Alex, and I’m a self-conscious wreck. At least, I used to be more of the time. Self-consciousness stops us enjoying the beauty of interacting with others and delivering our truth. We can end up in a spiral of doubt, poor performance and further doubt. It can be crippling. I’ve been there many […]

I’ve done some new illustrations for an article about the Japanese ‘Aikido’ philosophy. I was struck by how inspiring and relevant to today his writing was. His words bring a much-needed freshness and vigour to the distracted and stressful lives many of us can live. What I like is how he often uses the natural […]

Here it is again. I couldn’t hold Patience within the city walls any longer. These feelings remind me that life isn’t as smooth as I remembered. My bad mood has taken hold. I’m in even more of a mood because I know I’m in a bad mood. I’m in what my dad calls: ‘a decline.’ […]

I’m tired of mediocre. I’m tired of ‘ok.’ I’m tired of spreading myself thin. I’m tired of a lack of ‘traction.’ I’m tired of nice. I want my craft to make people blush. … I was never attracted to average. None of us are. But we keep allowing ourselves to be. We all want more. […]

Why do we care so much about what others think? Why does it feel so damn weird to put ourselves out there? Why does the prospect of being rejected fill us with weird vibes? Why do we fight so hard to protect our cool, relaxed, totally not boring, happy images? Because we’re human. Because we […]

When was the last time you labeled something without understanding it? Judged something as one thing when you didn’t know what it meant? I know I’ve done it. Given that we can never fully understand anything, in theory, we do it all the time. I label; we all label. It is a human need to […]