Marian’s Sketchbook Confessions

Marian’s Sketchbook Confessions

In this week’s podcast episode, Don’t Wait for Perfect, I made a creative confession…  I have been waiting for perfect when it comes to my sketchbook.  The issue for me is two-fold… Number one (and this is the biggie) – It’ll be...
Don’t Wait for Perfect

Don’t Wait for Perfect

“Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.”Seth godin   There are many ways we can get stuck creatively.  We can burn out.  We can hit a wall.  We can fail.  And we can wait for perfect.Perfection is obviously not real, and while we know...
Do it Anyway

Do it Anyway

So when we talk about going for it, there is fear. Real, raw, and sometimes paralyzing fear. Shaunna painting a canvas the very first time back in 2014, with no clue of where it would end up We both have experienced this. We have started things (MANY things) before it...
what is creative frontier for you?

what is creative frontier for you?

As Shaunna and I were talking through The Creative Exponent and the potential readers we’re writing and talking to, the image of someone struggling with the idea that they are creative came to mind.  I thought of someone like my mom…who plays guitar and...
Sharing Your Creativity

Sharing Your Creativity

“What will you do with your one wild & precious life?” Mary oliver   The case for sharing your creativity If you had a chance to listen to Episode 4, you know how we feel about you sharing your creativity with the world.  And somewhere inside, we...
Graph Gear .5mm Pencils

Graph Gear .5mm Pencils

We both flipping LOVE these pencils; hope they can be a great resource for you!  Graph Gear .5mm Pencils  Why Marian Likes it: I love this pencil because it writes tiny!  The .5 lead is thinner than any pencil I’ve tried and it keeps my handwriting looking neat...
Upholding Your Creativity

Upholding Your Creativity

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.  So do it.” Kurt vonnegut      “You’re the one telling me to try new things” When we started chatting about upholding your creativity, we...
why a podcast

why a podcast

Before we even had a proper name or a formulated idea for what The Creative Exponent would be (we called it “Marian & Shaunna Offering”), we knew it would involve courses.  That’s where it started.  We have both learned a lot in our 10+ years of...
The Birthday Cake

The Birthday Cake

It was the Friday night before Ava’s tenth birthday. Keep in mind we were having a small celebration, nothing fancy, on Saturday with our family and a few of her close friends.  There would be fun pink snacks and pizza ordered, a little shopping, and a spend the...
Liz’s Light Filled Loft

Liz’s Light Filled Loft

Well, well, well. We have a thing for notebooks, paint supplies, brushes, pens…you get it.  But, as creatives, we also have a huge affinity for other creatives’ spaces.We loved running across Liz Sparacio’s loft turned apartment and art studio.  Go...