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How To Create Bad Art

I want to share some advice with you on how to create BAD art. It’s actually a lot easier than you think! How do you create bad art? Let’s talk. 21 Ways to Create Bad Art Avoid Risk. Don’t attempt anything that might not come out perfectly. Wait for inspiration. Save your best stuff for a better piece. Never […]

Limited Choices Make Jane A Creative Girl

When there are too many choices, many choose nothing at all. Many years ago, in my 1990s, dollmaker days, I took a class with renowned American craft artist and pioneer in the art-doll movement, Akira Blount. Akira lived in the Tennessee foothills of the Smoky Mountains, surrounded by the nature that inspired her later creations.  […]

How to Be a Song – The Creative Light the World Needs

We all have a creative song inside waiting to be sung. How to Be a Song… Country music singer Brett Eldredge made the rounds of morning news and talk shows recently promoting his new Christmas album. There’s a certain something about his presence and enthusiasm for the music that piqued my curiosity. Who is this […]

20 Creativity Books of 2016

I write about creativity to inspire and motivate you to be true to the creative force that you are.   If you’re anything like me, your idea of a good time is snuggling up with a good book, especially as an escape from the inevitable holiday hoopla. I always make sure to ask for a book […]

52 PickUp – A Year of Creative Accountability

  Make 2017 YOUR year to Get motivated Stay on track Stay inspired Stay focused Stay accountable to your dreams  Join Lesley Riley for a year of accountability, inspiration & motivation delivered weekly to your inbox. Due to popular demand, 52 PickUp is back again A year of creative support beginning Thursday, January 5th, 2017, […]

Art – What is it for?

For every piece in a museum, gallery, show, book, magazine or shop, there are 1000s languishing in closets, basements, attics, under the bed or buried under piles of all the other “stuff” you’ve made. Do you respect your art – these things, objects, words, creations that you make? This last stage of the creative process – DELIVER – […]

Creativity: The Details

When it comes to art,  details do matter. In fact and often take more time and consideration than all the work comes before. Details are what makes a piece sing. They indicate that the work is finished and ready to be seen. “God is in the details,” right? Details are what makes a piece sing. They indicate that the work […]

Creativity Research

Answer just one question for the opportunity to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. This is research for a book I am writing on the creative process. Click here or on the image to respond.

Confidence & the Creativity Gap

The Creativity Gap is any point in the creative process where you fall off the wagon – the spots between dream and do where you get derailed. Since Graham Wallas’ 1926 model of the creative process, the first of its kind, the focus of creativity has been on the process, not the person.  In this series, The 5 […]

5 Stages of Creativity and the Creativity Gap – #2 DECIDE

The Creativity Gap is any point in the creative process where you fall off the wagon – the spots between dream and do where you get derailed.  Since Graham Wallas’ 1926 model of the creative process, the first of its kind, the focus of creativity has been on the process, not the person. In this series, […]