2 years since I started my passion life goal

Time flies – It seems like yesterday I was writing 1 Year since I started Joanouk .

I am very happy that I have grown and changed a little in the direction I was planning since then. I have changed to focus more on my abstract art and finding what truly makes me burn with excitement.

I thought I might re-hash a post I did a while ago and change it to a brief goal for the year run down 🙂

I will list my goals for 2015

My Mind: De-stress more. Get rid of the buzzing in my head (too many thoughts) and try to calmm down and concentrate.

My Body: Exercise more. Get moving and get energised. I loved running – so I will have to get back into it.

My Spirit: Find some music that speaks deep into my soul and rock out

My Relationships: Continue the strong bond I have with my husband and do more spur of the moment things for everyone I care about.

My Creativity: Find a creative course and practice, practice, practice!

My Passion: Finish paintings, finish more to get a good body of work available and find my true style.


I would love to hear your variations – you can copy my goals and make your own – I would love to see your links in the comments!

Thoughts on creativity

I’ve just started reading “Creativity, Inc.” written by the President of Pixar. In it he speaks about watching Walt Disney every week on TV explain how he created his movies.
I came across this video of the Disney animators painting the same tree but the end results are all different.

“Each of these artists are right according to his own ideas.. the great painter has something to say; he does not paint men, landscapes or furniture.. but an idea.”

Click below to see “Four Artists Paint One Tree”

I just love how they start with a very rough sketch and add all the details to the trees at the end! Do you have any great creative youtube videos to share?

How to improvise Part 2.

Last post I talked about how to improvise by changing up your routine. There is another way to improvise and come up with new ideas and again it has to do with the frontal lobe.

When your mind wanders the lobe actually goes into a temporary sleep mode – that gives ideas from your subconscious a chance to come up and hit you!
BBC’s documentary “How to be more creative” calls the lobe the ‘gatekeeper’.
Here are some ways to call the gatekeeper away and get some new ideas:

  • Meditation
  • Go for a long run
  • Have a nice calming bath

Can you think of any more? What helps you come up with new ideas?


How to improvise Part 1

If you haven’t seen the BBC’s “How to be more creative” or my posts White Matter and Insight then go back!

The next part is ‘how to improvise’. I’m not sure if I am any good at improvising – by watching “Who’s line is it anyway?” I think I would be terrible at word improvisation. I haven’t really tested it in my art because isn’t all art improvisation in some way?

Anyway.. back to the documentary. We have our Pre-frontal Cortex to blame if we can’t improvise. That part at the front of your brain is the ‘conscious self monitoring’ we do everyday.

Have you ever thought something along the lines …” What if I threw my phone out the window of the car?” It is the pre-frontal cortex that tells you that you shouldn’t do it.

To shake up the self monitoring  we need to change our routines. By making new connections in our brains we have more new and original ideas.

In the documentary the scientist went on a glider plane flight for the first time.


I wonder what we can do to change our routines/ try new things? Any suggestions?