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Karen: Intro

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Karen Winters, creative journeyer

I’d like to thank Miranda for welcoming me so warmly to this blog as a co-author.

The topic of fostering creativity is very near and dear to me, and I’ve spent my whole life in some kind of creative profession or pursuit. Art was a first love in my early years, but somehow I got put into the “writer” pigeonhole because I seemed to have an affinity for it. After UCLA grad school in journalism, I went to work for an ad agency as a writer. Somewhere into year six of that career I found I was taking all my vacations to work on documentary projects with my husband, so I made a career change and learned how to produce and write for that medium. Excitement, expeditions and Emmys followed. As time passed and the digital era dawned, I learned how to do computer graphics for our productions, which led to publishing an aftermarket book on Photoshop. By this time the circle had started to close and art was once more a major and beloved part of my life. More time passed and with our children launched into college and careers, I revived my passion in art and I am now a mostly full time fine artist. I’ve taught and managed creative people, mentored others and love to demonstrate and teach whenever I get the opportunity. These days I can most often be found doing plein air painting, being a part of the daily painter movement, studying art or getting ready for shows and competitions. My daily art blog is called A Creative Journey because for me that’s what it’s always been about. It’s not a goal but a never ending journey that brings constant challenge and satisfaction. I love to meet fellow travelers and to learn from and share with others. Thanks for letting me hang my creative hat here.

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  1. It’s wonderful to have you here, Karen!

    For everyone else’s benefit, I’d like to share a tidbit. I told Karen that I looked forward to prying out the secrets of her success and she wrote: “I have a lot I can say about that and yes, I’ll be happy to share. But most of it can be summarized by this quote from Woody Allen: 80% of success is ‘showing up.’ You’d be surprised how many people don’t ‘show up’ — so they miss the chance to make opportunities happen.”

    September 25, 2008
  2. Cathy #

    great to meet you karen!

    i also dabbled in *everything* til i landed on writing because ‘it was always there’, so very glad you found your way here!

    still dabbling.

    looooooove your seascapes!

    September 25, 2008
  3. welcome karen! your paintings are stunning! and yes, dabbling….dabbling in everything is a good thing, right? 🙂

    September 25, 2008
  4. Kristine #

    Welcome, Karen! I look forward to chatting with you and learning more about your creativity pursuits.

    September 25, 2008
  5. I want to know where to show up for the cool documentary-creating life. 🙂

    Adding to Woody Allen’s quote, I think at least another 10% of success is putting yourself out there and networking with people who have traveled the path before you. Everyone here is so inspiring, and Karen, you are no exception. I look forward to hearing more of your words of wisdom.


    September 25, 2008
  6. Thanks for the welcome everyone. The good thing, as I see it, about having diverse creative interests is that eventually there is a time when they all come together and reinforce each other for a single goal. My goal, in this case, is the promotion of my fine art career.

    Every day I use a number of the skills I’ve developed over the past 30 or so years. I use copy writing to create marketing materials for my art … I donate web design services to two art clubs I belong to (clubs which have helped and encouraged me in my growth). And I am planning on using my journalistic skills to write some articles for another art club. Yes, and the filmmaking is going to come into play soon, too. I guess you could say that nothing learned is ever wasted. if you continue to use it and practice.

    Brittany, yes, I agree with you about networking. It’s essential. I belong to many art organizations which is quite time consuming because I believe in doing something for each one, not just being a “taker.” But it’s how you learn about opportunities, make friends and grow. Being a solitary artist in a lonely loft may be for some, but not for me.


    September 25, 2008

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