Criticism – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


The Artisan

The word “artist” here applies to anyone who creates. They may use any format, any medium, any creative talent and will produce something original. Written words, musical sounds, lyrics, paintings, photography, movies, videos, sculpture, crafting, dancing, acting, style, design, digital, chemical, architectural, physical – any inventive application of our imagination.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge … For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” – Albert Einstein.



To me ”Constructive Criticism” is refined. An effective type of critical feedback. The reader/viewer/listener will tell you what they find ”good” about your creative endeavors and share what “they believe” can be improved upon. So far so good. When you ask a person to “critique” your work pick someone you know to be skilled in the area of your artistry. They will give you an informed perspective with their opinion. Most artistry comes with learning the “tools of the trade”. This is important. The person who is offering critical feedback should be knowledgeable in this manner. If you don’t personally know someone like this, ask a fellow artist who they may know.



The Critics

There are many out there in the online world wide web of everything that profess to being “experts”! Many are well qualified but some are not. So do your research! Find out more about those you would ask for advice. Be very careful with those you approach for critical appraisal.


The world is in a flux of change. Some of the tried and true “rules” of what and how you should create (in any given medium) is evolving. There is a wellspring of innovative talent from around the world merging with one another right now. This means experimentation with creative new styles and methods.


You’re the Artist of your work ~ not anyone else.


Don’t let “experts” rain on your parade and tell you what’s wrong with your art just because it is perceived as different from the “norm”. Those who are tied to the past sometimes cannot easily see the essence of the future springing from your words, your art, your style of acting, your music, your photography, your videos, your technology, and so on. Be you! Create from the heart.


“The artist is still a little like the old court jester. He’s supposed to speak his vicious paradoxes with some sense in them, but he isn’t part of whatever the fabric is that makes a nation.” ~ William Faulkner


Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and remember to always take care of you.

With affection,

~ Penny

The Value of Imagination – Your Creativity and the Written Word.


In the sky of spiral clouds

the dragons made their lair

in peace they lived for all of time

without a single care


Albert Einstein said “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” And he should know, being one of the most intelligent scientists in our last century.

When we allow our imagination free rein to explore the unknown, we think thoughts and create ideas that may not have come to mind in an orderly “seeing is believing” mentality. All of us need to function on a daily basis, but how much more wonderful to be able to go beyond the average “every day of things” to see what might lay just beyond …

Creativity functions best when there are no limits imposed on what may or may not be possible. Think on this. Einstein also said “Imagination is more important that knowledge.” And once again, he should know based on his own amazing scientific discoveries.

With all this in mind, allow your inner thoughts some roaming power, jot down creative thoughts and ideas as they come to mind. In fact it’s a great time to explore your own imagination … just imagine what you may find there!

Have a great week ahead and remember to always take care of you. You can’t be there for others if you haven’t taken care of your own needs first!

With affection,

~ Penny

Finding Your Imagination!

The Creative World of Imagination

When I sit and ponder, on any subject, my imagination always seems to gain a foothold in the process.

With very little effort, I find myself (in my minds eye) anywhere, anytime, doing just about anything. Of course the creative process of my brain is coming alive and I become (quite literally) “lost” within my imaginary world.

Imagination is a human thing (well as far as we know anyway), none of the wildlife, domesticated animals, plants or other entities have shared with me whether or not they imagine things.

Although it would be cool to think of a flower with an imagination, or an insect or animal, and as you can see my imagination has entered the words I am writing to you right now.


My door is always open!

I’ve been asked where my inspiration comes from when I’m writing. The first two paragraphs really do sum it up!

I simply cannot view anything without imagining what might be. It’s why, to me, there is always potential for everything and everyone.


“The door to my imagination is always wide open
as imagination pours in, creativity pours out.”
 ~ Penny L Howe, 2014

Today is a good day for you to use your imagination. Be creative. Pick up a camera, sketch something, cook creatively. Sing a song, write some lyrics, or a poem.

Think creative thoughts you don’t normal allow yourself to think. Explore your imagination! And, for all of you writers out there, let go, imagine what you want to say. Let’s get that book going!

Your imagination needs no reigning in. Follow where it leads. You will be very pleased with the destination, I think!

 IMAGINATION by Zizimars14

My three “hero’s in life epitomize imagination at it’s finest. Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, and Walt Disney!


Make this an especially creative weekend. Your muse will thank you,

~ Penny

An Equation for Imagining … the future!

Imagine the future

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Albert Einstein

So I have imagined two equations (non-numerical) that I call “Life Equations”. I like to think Einstein might have approved of one of these. Which one is it?



SELFLESS CARING + WONDER + LOVE = Life being lived to the Fullest!

One would think the answer is obvious and therefore the solution obvious and If you doubt the veracity of either equation I ask that you take just a moment (that’s all it takes) to view two things with the above equation (perspective) in mind:


The current political/corporate global mindset!*

*this is inclusive of all structures, not a single separate entity
but the entire current world economy that we now depend completely on!

The natural and ‘pure nature’ of an innocent child!


I rest my case! Simple when you look directly at the facts. Simple to choose.

Or is it? I wonder which equation we each take part in? Which future we imagine?


Thanks for visiting, I hope your day is filled with imagination and happy thoughts ~ Penny

Einstein, A bottle of liquor and Illumination!

My Hero – Albert Einstein

This is a funny story everyone and it is also true, so please laugh in all the right places for me, thank you!

I had two heros as a kid. The first was Walt Disney (well duh!), the second was Albert Einstein. I was blessed with two things Imagination and Intelligence so I guess it makes sense.

As a young adult, I decided to drink myself senseless with Albert Einstein. Well not really “the” Albert Einstein, but I’d fallen in love with all of his theories, so I wanted to understand how he came up with them.

Intellectual but unwise as is often the case with young adults I had decided that if I slowly became inebriated to the point that my whole thought process was aimed solely at understanding Einstein, all would be revealed. (Amazing thinking process really! Hey I was a young adult blonde!)

So armed with a bottle of Johnny Walker Red (yes I like scotch) 4 books by Einstein on various scientific theorems, I settled down at my desk (in my very tiny apartment in Florida) to read and drink – taking copious notes.

About half way through the bottle, the light came on so-to-speak, I began to understand some of what he was saying. Now I’m really reading, he’s so brilliant I’m thinking to myself. I cannot write down my discoveries fast enough, about two thirds of the way through the bottle, I am now so excited I can hardly contain myself.

Total illumination has occurred. I get it, everything he has been theorizing, of course. The oneness of everything. Everything connected to everything.  His math is breathtaking, (well that goes without saying), I’m blown away, and writing it all down. Every single word so that in the morning I will wake and understand the genius of this great man! One of my first heroes in life!

At some point I became senseless, passed out, not sure when exactly but I was gone (so was the scotch).

In the morning, with a fairly clear head (drinking scotch straight doesn’t leave any hangover, just so you know) With bleary eyes I picked up the many sheets of written pieces of paper. Scattered everywhere. Now finally I would understand. I would know. With great anticipation I picked up the first sheet laying there on my desk…

…And I couldn’t read a thing. As my understanding increased during the night with my greatly relaxed state of mind, the dexterity required to use my hand to write deceased exponentially. So I had documented my discoveries with a zillion scribbles making absolutely no sense whatsoever.

Illumination was out the window, even though I, for a few brief hours, gloried in the understanding of his genius, it was gone. Alas oh fickle finger of fate, what a heavy blow to take! I am undone.

Once again I repeat. This is a true story no names were changed to protect the innocent or the temporarily not very bright.

Hope you’re laughing, thanks for stopping by, Penny

Copyright © 2012 by Penny l Howe