|Alex V. Cook at Magpie Cafe|
Creative Louisiana Monthly Lecture Series
So, this morning, I got up and went. The location of these lectures changes from month to month. Today it was held at Magpie Cafe which is a great little cafe on Perkins Road. I've passed by it many times but have never gone inside. It has a great vibe and atmosphere. It was also crowded this morning. Standing room only. All for Creative Louisiana and their guest lecturer, Alex V. Cook.
I brought my little drawing book with me to take notes while I was there because I was hoping for something inspiring to move my soul. I usually have that hope and at times I have been left to wish for something more. Today wasn't that day. I went in with an open mind, a big step on my part, and I was entertained. And inspired.
Alex V. Cook started out playing his guitar and singing a song. And then he started talking and moving and waving his hands, telling funny stories - true stories - about his journey to a creative life. (I took notes so I could remember what he said). Each door for him seems to open another, some adventures hoped for and some unknown until they happened to him. I found a connection with that.
I hope he doesn't mind but here's what I wrote down from this morning. I wanted to share it with you and I'm hoping I got it just right.
- Make what you want to have happen, happen.
- Quit thinking about it and just do it.
- If you have the question "why doesn't anyone do this one thing I want done?" then do it. Make it happen.
- The value of something you do is measured by the next door that "thing" opens up for you.
- And what is the energy you create when you do something?
I think I've done a bit of that in the past year. I started a weekly figure painting group (that doesn't cost me anything). I started with a new blog. I started my own FB Fan page. I joined a women's painting association. I entered many art shows and joined in the mid city art hop for the first time. I contacted galleries and people associated with galleries that I never had the nerve to contact before this year. I just finished securing a panel of guest speakers for AWA for next year and met several new, interesting, and creative people along the way.
It has created the opportunity for me to paint with other painters I didn't know a year ago, to teach others how to paint, and hopefully, to set up my first painting retreat and workshop in another state. And, of course, inspired me to paint more of what I want to paint and how I want to paint.
In case you are interested, I pasted information below about Creative Louisiana and Baton Rouge Startup Weekend. I've just gotten my first taste of Creative Louisiana and I love it. Baton Rouge Startup Weekend looks like it could be amazing, too.
Who knows what could happen next?
About Creative Louisiana
Creative Louisiana is a monthly lecture series for creative types. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee!. It is based on the popular lecture series Creative Mornings, founded by Tina Roth Eisenberg, a New York designer. We love Tina--she encouraged us to make it happen!
Creative Louisiana was founded in June 2011 and is based on the popular morning lecture series, Creative Mornings. Creative Louisiana’s mission is to support and accelerate Louisiana creativity and innovation. For more information about Creative Louisiana, visit creativelouisiana.com. Follow Creative Louisiana on Twitter @WeAreCreativeLA and on Facebook. Creative Louisiana is supported by LSU Continuing Education.
Alex V. Cook writes about music, travel and food. He teaches journalism at LSU's Manship School of Mass Communications and his latest book is Louisiana Saturday Night: Looking for a Good Time in South Louisiana's Juke Joints, Honky Tonks and Dance Halls for LSU Press. His next one will be about hole-in-the-wall restaurants. He blogs furiously at alexvcook.com.
How to live the creative life - Living the creative life is a pursuit of something that isn't already there. It's a mindset and a practice that yields something bigger and deeper than money or popularity or acceptance. It is where everything can be new, electric, meaningful and poetic. It can also be pretty fun if you do it right. Alex will give his experiences and some suggestions on what to do and what not to do, how to get at the things that don't exist.