Living a Creative Life and Finding Inspiration

I endeavour to live a creative life.

And find inspiration in many places, including browsing through artists online portfolios, visiting galleries and museums, travel, listening to podcasts
and reading.

As a member of Behance (an online platform to showcase creative work) I receive a newsletter called — 99U Weekly — and under the category of ‘Marketing Your Work’ I read an article by Mike Sager bestselling author and award-winning journalist.

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Podcast Listening Helps Boost Creativity

I’m a podcast fan, they’re convenient and easy to consume. I enjoy listening to podcasts mostly from my mobile phone during my daily mundane tasks. It makes the mundane more interesting. I love the ease of this medium, depending on the time I have available, I can listen to 8 minutes of news from ‘PRI’s The World’, or a fifty minute episode from ‘On Being’ with Krista Tippet interviewing philosophers’, composers and authors.

I mostly enjoy listening to other people’s stories, learning about other cultures and belief systems. Tuning in sparks my creativity.

I use the SoundCloud platform to listen to the following stations:

  1. On Being Studios – Krista Tippett. Questions of meaning with scientists, theologians, artists and teachers. An episode that stands out as a favourite is Krista’s interview with Paulo Coelho (author of the Alchemist) – The Alchemy of Pilgrimage.
  2. Off Camera – hosted by photographer / director Sam Jones. Long form conversational interviews with a myriad of artists, musicians, directors, skateboarders, and photographers. I particularly enjoyed Sam’s interview with Ethan Hawke – Off Camera -27
  3. Modern Art Notes Podcast – hosted by Tyler Green. Features artists, historians, curators, critics and authors. I recently listened to a podcast on Bruce Conner –  an artist renowned for his work in assemblage, film, drawing, sculpture, painting, photography, and performance.
  4. The Splendid Table – hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper. Explores the entire spectrum of food. I love the interviews that explore culture and cuisine.
  5. The Story Collider. Stories about science, how science effects and changes us. I was fascinated by Skylar Bayer’s story: The Hummingbird of Doom.

Henry Ford once said “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

I’m always on the lookout for new stations to freshen up my library and I’d love to hear your recommendations.

Artists’ in the KLCC Park – Malaysia

I’m a regular visitor to the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) Park, a beautiful tropical landscape with indigenous trees and palms. Pigeons, Zebra Doves and Crows mingle amongst the joggers running the track, tai chi and qi gong masters going through their practice, walkers (some busy hustling on their mobiles), workers using the park as a shortcut to the office, and parents pushing their toddlers in prams.

I use this early morning routine to inspire my creativity and connect with nature. The patterns in nature, the bird noise, colours, and other wanderers. An artist named William (Will) frequents the park with a sketch pad and colored pens in hand. He draws the landscapes around him in wonderful detail and I enjoy his accompanying narratives.

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