A New Free Ebook! 7 HARD Questions for Every Artist

7HardQuestionsforEveryArtist-joLast year I wrote a blog post titled, “7 HARD Questions for Every Artist.” The post was designed to help all of us cultivate a more beautiful life. I don’t know about you, but the EASY questions never do much for me. Easy questions keep me in my comfort zones, never pushing or prodding me forward. Easy questions don’t lead to the thriving life I long for…

Since then, this 7 Questions post has become one of my most popular posts, so I decided to turn it into a short ebook as a tool to help artists, creative teams, worship teams and leaders of art retreats. Even if you’re not an artist, I think you will find it helpful. This free PDF workbook has fillable form fields to write your responses to each question. Or you can just print it off to take to your favorite park or lake.

After editing the 7 Questions and adding a bit more content, I hope this ebook helps you cultivate a more beautiful life. If you like it, feel free to share it with your friends. I’m making it available as one of many free resources we provide through The Grove Center for the Arts & Media.

Take some time alone with God or a few friends to talk through these 7 Questions. I’d love to hear what you learn and discover along the way.

Answering these questions my seriously improve the quality of your art and life!

Click here to get your free copy of 7 HARD Questions for Every Artist.

Question: What did you discover as you answered the 7 Questions?

I’d love to hear what you’re learning!

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Ask More Beautiful Questions

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One of my lifelong goals is to stay curious, ask more questions and to learn how to ask more beautiful questions.

Whether you are an artist, parent, pastor, creative team leader, or simply a good friend to someone else, learning how to ask more beautiful questions can lead to breakthrough ideas in your own life and the lives of those around you. What can asking a more beautiful question lead to?

3 Ways Parents Can Develop Creativity in Children

[I] think every parent likes the idea of developing creativity in their children. Who doesn’t want creative kids? The problem is many parents don’t always how. Creativity and innovation are admirable qualities in kids and adults alike, but if you were raised in a home where creativity wasn’t valued, developing creativity in your children or grandchildren can be a challenge. Two weeks ago in the first Question of the Week, several of you shared stories of being raised in homes where creativity wasn’t encouraged. I’d like to see that change, wouldn’t you?

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(Click here to watch Janae’s Super-8 SLO video on Youtube)

As a parent, one of my goals it to cultivate creativity in my kid’s lives. The fun part is, you never know when their creativity is going to pop up. Just this past weekend, our family went on a little adventure to San Luis Obispo to visit our daughter, Ellie, who is a freshmen in the school of architecture. As we walked through the campus, my oldest daughter, Janae, shot clip after clip of video on her iPhone. Later that evening when the rest of us went back to our hotel, Janae stayed with Ellie in her dorm room to put together this fun Super-8-ish video. No one asked Janae to create the video, but we all enjoyed it. She put her creativity to work and we received a wonderful little gift to remember our adventure together. Read on…

7 Hard Questions for Every Artist

I believe there are seven hard questions every artist must answer if they are really serious about their craft. Are these the only seven? Of course not, but I think it’s important that we ask ourselves hard questions. The easy questions have never moved me out of comfort or complacency. You and I grow only when we ask ourselves the hard questions.

Take 30 minutes today and write down your responses to these questions. (I’d love your feedback!) Your responses may seriously improve the quality of your art and your life! Read on…

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3 Key Questions to Ask Your Creative Team

[A]sking your creative team a few key questions may just be what they need to inspire greater personal fulfillment and more meaningful work. If you want to build leadership, inspire your team to greatness, and create healthy working relationships, you need to ask great questions.

In my conversations with artists and creatives, if there is one familiar theme I hear, it is this: “I am so focused on my work, I don’t have time to pursue creative projects I really want to pursue.” Ironic, isn’t it? Creative people not having time to be creative. Whether you work for a church, non-profit organization or company, I have 3 key questions you can ask your creative team that will make a practical difference in their personal and professional development. Use these questions for a one-on-one or team-building conversation. Here they are…

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Listening to God: A Few Puzzling Questions to Ask Yourself

[H]ave you discovered how God speaks to us at the strangest times and in the strangest places? Being quiet and listening to God is a whole other story. I just spent the past few days in Post Falls, Idaho with one of my best friends. His family has a condo over the Spokane River, so when he asked me to get away for a “guys retreat” (i.e. he and I) for a few days, it took me all of 3.2 seconds to pray about going. I learned long ago that getting away to listen to God and enjoy His creation is good for my heart and soul.

When we arrived, I found this puzzle (yep, that’s the one!) on a small table next to a window overlooking the river, snow-covered mountains and a beautiful pine forest in the distance. I’m not much of a puzzle guy, but over the next couple days, I jumped in.  This puzzle prompted me to ask a few questions that, for me at least, I found worth listening to…