Devoted to capturing life on the page in full color, Cynthia Morris loves to illustrate everyday moments in ink and watercolor. Her Writual Blessings deck is a colorful affirmation deck designed to banish writer’s block.
Cynthia is also the author of several books including the Paris novel Chasing Sylvia Beach and the how-to guide Create Your Writer’s Life. Cynthia intrepid traveler and foodie.
For her day job, Cynthia runs her company Original Impulse, where she coaches writers, artists and entrepreneurs to make their creative dreams a thrilling reality. Her Capture the Wow creativity workshops are held in the US and Europe and bring the joy of travel to the every day. Cynthia is on the faculty of Jonathan Fields’ Good Life Project and loves to bring the lessons and thrills of art making to life.
1. What’s your medium of choice and what do you love about it?
My medium of choice is watercolor with ink drawings. I love making something appear on the page in line and then watching it come to life on a whole other level with color.
2. What are you working on right now? What’s on your camera/desk/easel or in your studio?
I just finished illustrating a book called the abundant artist. Now I’m working on a piece for Two Hands Paperie in Boulder. I’m the featured artist in their next newsletter. It’s a travel theme and I’m doing the wrap sheet.
I’m also in the middle of the 100 days project. I have been doing one watercolor painting per day since April 4. That’s a lot of fun.
3. What practices/activities are most valuable to your creative process?
I rely on many practices to help me stay sane. I have dedicated yoga and meditation practices. I bike and walk a lot.
The Biggest asset for my creativity though, is my journal keeping. I have many notebooks going at once to keep me and my projects straight, and to stay inspired.
4. What’s one thing you want to share with others about your art and/or process?
For me making art is largely an intuitive process. That’s what I love about it. I’m not overthinking anything. I will get an idea and then I’ll just flow with it. I love giving my intellectual mind a break with art making.
5. What advice would you give to your young artist self?
Don’t worry about that F you got in high school. You will be an artist if you want to be. Just have fun.
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