Learning through Teaching

Finished teaching a three session class “Learning from Leonardo” last week.  Leonardo da Vinci and his work is a vast topic and scholars have dedicated lifetimes to the study of his work. Yet, I’m interested in a unique aspect of Leonardo: What does he have to teach us as modern day creatives (or would be…

Learning from Leonardo

I’m teaching a three-session LearningLife course that is focused on Leonardo da Vinci’s mindset and practice as a means to exercise (and expand!) multiple intelligences through daily practice. In addition to mind-stretching assignments, the course introduces visual journaling as a tool to capture one’s creative learning journey. We are all familiar with Leonardo da Vinci…

Picasso & Process

Reading a museum catalog for a Picasso exhibit “Picasso from the Musee Picasso, Paris’ shown in 1980 at Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis, the city where I live.  I missed the exhibit by a full 16 years but glad I can enjoy the catalog and someday the originals in museums around the world. In an…

A High Performance Life

‘What is my work in this lifetime about? What must I do with my life?’ These are questions I ask myself every once a while and watch the answers evolve. In a guided meditation a few years ago, I saw  a vision. It involved a path through a beautiful meadow that entered into a cave.…

2016 Thoughts

With the passing of a year comes an end and a beginning. The ancient Roman god, Janus, the God of beginnings and transitions, to whom some attribute the name of the month of January, was depicted with two faces, one looking backward and the other forward. As I reflect on my blog in the transition to the new year,…

The quick sketch

Sketching quickly is an art to be practiced. To not overthink and just do, to be present and to capture the moment with your eyes and drawing instrument is a magical experience. I had that experience today as I sketched my younger son reading, as we waited for his older brother to finish his swim…