Tuesday, November 30, 2021

PODCAST MONDAYS: Erik Wahl Helps you Unleash Your Creative Genius

 

After graduating from University of San Diego with a bachelor's degree in business, Wahl became a partner at a corporate firm. He was there for eight years before losing his job during the dot.com bubble burst in the early 2000s.At the age of 30, Wahl decided to change his focus to art. He later founded his own company, The Wahl Group, with his wife Tasha Wahl. 

Wahl began working as a motivational speaker and graffiti artist rather than returning to the corporate world. After a few years of painting and selling his work to buyers, Wahl decided to stop selling his art and instead only auction off his paintings for charities.

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 In the tradition of A Whole New Mind and The War of Art, graffiti artist and corporate thought leader, Erik Wahl explores the power of creativity to achieve superior performance.

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

5 THINGS: Matisse, Chisholm, David Shrigley, Austin Kleon and Gonzalez Alvarez

 

"Weird, funny, abject, wise, silly, savage, moral, and engaging."―The Independent (London)

By turns hilarious, satirical, and brilliant, David Shrigley's full-page illustrations―a combination of drawing, comics, photography, and sculpture―are sui generis: uproariously funny, pleasantly unnerving, and, most of all, really, really cool. Neither "graphic novel" nor "art book," What the Hell Are You Doing? celebrates the surreal world of the artist who created Ants Have Sex in Your Beer and To Make the Meringue You Must Beat the Egg Whites Until They Look Like This―the man Dave Eggers calls "probably the funniest gallery-type artist who ever lived." Four-color illustrations throughout.

 

 "Dance" by Henri Matisse

 

 Fighting Shirley Chisholm

“Fighting” Shirley Chisholm didn’t want to be known solely as the first African-American woman in U.S. Congress and to run for the Democratic nomination for the presidency. Cristen and Caroline detail the inspiring, heart-wrenching biography and legacy of this Brooklyn educator ahead of her time.  


Think of it as a daily course in creativity: a portable workshop and coursebook, jammed full of inspiration, prompts, quotes, and exercises designed to turn you into a creative kleptomaniac. The journal has an elastic band for place-marking and a special pocket in the back — a “swipe file” to store bits and pieces of inspiration. Because if you want to steal like an artist, you need a place to keep your loot…
 

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

PODCAST MONDAYS: Dani Shapiro on the Perils of a Creative Life

 


 I have loved Ms. Shapiro's writing style as well as her insight into connections with ourselves and with others.  I hope you find value in the work she does as well.  If this is your first time hearing of you,  be prepared to enjoy an incredible body of work.

 

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