The Creative Mind

Are You Creatively Satisfied?

Are you creatively satisfied? Is it even possible to feel creativity satisfied, or is creative satisfaction an unattainable myth? Is it perfectly normal to sometimes feel it, and sometimes not? Like feeling happy or content or sad or thrilled?

What about hard work and putting in time and effort? Does feeling unsatisfied creatively drive you to work harder and become better? Is it actually a healthy driving force and motivation to improve? Or is it even possible to feel pure joy in the midst of fierce competition? Can we be both ambitious and happy? Or does ambition with its constant hunger for more put a damper on our ability to feel satisfied? 

Or as Kevin Richardson writes, "many of us feel this way [unsatisfied] due to a constant comparison to others.  ... It’s this daunting feeling that pushes us to measure ourselves against our peers and covet their talents and project opportunities. Surely nothing good can come from that."

The internet provides us with lots of ways to connect, to gather inspiration, to participate in creative communities, but it also gives us the tools for round-the-clock comparison. Our lives becomes more global, but at the same time, more people are being inspired by the same things and sharing the same dreams. The world both opens up to possibilities and narrows down into sameness.


The danger that lies within comparison to others is the inevitable trap that it comes with. When you’re motive is simply an effort to keep up with everyone else, you start to lose the personal character within your work that only you can create. You cheat yourself and end up becoming yet another clone who has followed a trend down it’s rabbit hole. I assure you, there is very little satisfaction found here.
— Kevin Richardson

What is creative satisfaction anyway? Is it when we achieve? When we feel we do our best work? When we sell our work or creative services? Does it happen when we allow ourselves to get lost in flow? Is it a state of bliss and spontaneity? Or a feeling of accomplishment? A pay cheque? When do you feel creatively satisfied? 


The Creative Mind

Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer. 

Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer. 

When I think about using your iPhone to harness your creativity, this quote comes to mind: 

Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer. 
~ Terri Guillemets

Because your smartphone is no longer a phone with a camera, it's become a camera that you also can take regular calls with. You're using your mobile phone to take calls from your soul, and expressing them creatively. 

You're using your iPhone as a tiny, portable studio that fits in your pocket or handbag and that doesn't create a mess to clean up when you've finished. Exploring a new kind of contemporary art form, where you can express yourself creatively as you move through your day. 

I felt so inspired by this quote, that I made a desktop wallpaper as a club perk that comes with the December issue of the Marmalade Monthly, that you get (for free) as a member of Club Marmalade Moon. It's accompanied by four minimalist wallpapers in solid colours. Adapted for iPhone, iPod and iPad. 

The Ease of iPhoneography

iPhone photography: Rusted Sun

iPhone photography: Rusted Sun

Effortless and Easy

iPhoneography offers an easy way to slip a creative layer onto your life. All you need is an iPhone.

You don't need a space like a studio or a workbench. No need to wait for paint and glue to dry. Your cat won't leave paw prints in your artwork. You won't need tools or materials like an easel, clay, wood, paints, guitar strings or yarn. No toxic ingredients. You don't need huge, uninterrupted blocks of time. All it takes is a few minutes here and there. You can even edit your iPhoneography on the go. On the bus. While you wait for something. Or in the comfort of your home. You don't need to have an idea to start with, you can simply look around you to see what catches your interest.

The ease and convenience of having your creative tool in your pocket, packed all into your iPhone makes it so simple to get started and to build momentum.

Visual Poetry Is Everywhere

The photo above is a shot of the rusty wall of a pump house. Sunlit and with the shadows of pine trees cast onto it. When you start learning techniques for opening your eyes to your surroundings and becoming more aware of it, you'll find beauty, interest, small dreamscapes, visual poetry, humour, abstractions and human moments all around you. All you need to do is to see it and capture it with your iPhone.

Start Building Your Own Momentum

Find out more about building momentum and finding your own unique style for iPhoneography with one of my courses, take a look at our library of free resources or join Club Marmalade Moon to get all my new releases.

Before & After: Untitled Mixed Media


The first post in Before & After, a new series where I'll be giving you a peek into the creative process of my iPhone art and photography.

This mixed media piece started as a charcoal drawing on paper. Then I took a photo of it with my iPhone and continued working on the image using iPhone apps, transforming the life study with layers of texture and colour.


The Ebb and Flow of Creativity

The Moon

Emerging from the deep waters of illumination and creativity to trip head over heels into a heap of laundry, a pile of receipts that need to be filed and a dozen and one other day-to-day tasks that I need to catch up with.

It's the ebb and flow of creativity. It's creating from the heart. It's passion. It's believing in what you do. Because there's nothing routine about passion. There are no limits to illumination. There is nothing calculated about intuition. There's nothing moderate about zeal, and desire is not halfhearted.

If you want passion in your life, you have to let the idea of balance take on a different, more long term role. It's not the same sort of balance as the kind you can get in times when your days can be measured and divided up into sensible amounts of time spent in a variety reasonable areas. In times of passion, it's ebb and flow. It's a leap of faith. A deep sense of purpose.

Art, Approval and Joy

Floating Cherry Blossom

Floating Cherry Blossom

I was deeply moved and inspired by this quote from artist Jeffrey Catherine Jones, about giving up goals, losing your passion, creating art to gain approval, and finding that joy is more important than approval.

As Jones noted many years after giving up commercial art:

Years ago I had goals (to get to this or that place), and when I did I found that all I wanted to do was art. So I have given up goals. When I was young, my passion was art, eventually comic book and fantasy art. I’ve seen a lot of people lose their childhood passions, not only for art but for life–just getting squeezed. My passion was and is my art. However, there was a time when I became aware that I might be losing it. Having used my ability to draw to buy approval from my childhood peers, I entered the real world with my “cash” in my pocket. I wanted to be published so badly that in the beginning I took on a lot of work that I hated. Ah, but maybe a million people would see it and love me. I lived in fear. What happened? I found that the more I went to the drawing board or the easel to do work I hated, the less I wanted to go there. I was losing my joy, and I found eventually that my joy was more important than approval. I began to get “difficult to deal with” and began to lose jobs. I became determined to, well, not so much “have it my way,” but to do work I loved. It’s not so easy to pursue, or even know what your heart’s desire may be.

Read the whole article Jeffrey Catherine Jones: A Life Lived Deeply at The Comics Journal.

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