Taking Time to Look


Every Friday I write the 20 Minute Club Minutes–because using a timer for what I call the 20 Minute Technique can keep your creative momentum going in your busy, time-crunched life–20 minutes at a pop.

Please join in and share your 20 Minute Experiences in the Comments–good/bad, it’s all fair game, because sharing your experiences about the process is a great way to increase your creativity.


I realized a couple of weeks ago that I haven’t been allowing myself to take time out to go to galleries and museums in quite a while.

I’m so busy trying to create everything I want to offer here on Make Great Stuff, I felt like I couldn’t indulge myself this way. (!)

Sobered by the puritanical task master in my head, I decided it was time to make a change.

I’m now actively carving out time each week to immerse myself in one of my favorite activities–looking at art.

Last week I went to several galleries in the Chelsea gallery district of New York and this week I went to see the big Matisse show at the Museum of Modern Art.

Some of his work is quite famous, but I saw a lot of pieces I’d never seen before.

It was also interesting to see his process/on-going artistic struggle during the particular period of his career that they focused on in this show.

But most of all, it felt great to give myself this artistic nourishment.

Taking the time to look at art or craft or design is a great use of the 20 Minute Club. Even if that means flipping through your favorite magazines in front of the TV.

It helps you feel connected to the world of art, gives you great ideas, and feeds your creative self.

Don’t overlook its importance in helping you build and sustain your creative momentum.


Appreciating yourself is an important part of the 20 Minute Club because it helps you keep your creative momentum going.

Carving out the time to create is important of course, but it’s not enough. Getting (and eventually staying) on your own side is a critical factor for helping you take bigger risks with your work, get yourself out of a creative rut, or just enjoy the process more.

Taking the time to remember to appreciate yourself and all your efforts (big or small, creative or not) is a powerful way to make this happen.

Here are my five self-appreciations for this week:

1. I appreciate how hard I worked to update my website, even when technology seemed to be getting the best of me.

2. I appreciate my willingness to live with imperfection regarding #1, and to not turn things into emergencies that aren’t. :-)

3. I appreciate my progress with my latest video for my latest kit, which is a fabulous holiday ornament I think you’ll love to make.

4. I appreciate my realization that solutions to the questions I have always show up, so why not have faith that this will happen instead of worrying when I can’t figure something out?

5. I appreciate how much fun I had teaching the Creative Breakthroughs Collage Tele-class this week and how much I enjoy continuing to work on what I create during class.

Your Turn

How was your creative week? Did you use a timer? Are you making art on vacation? Please share in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.

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  1. Theresa says:

    Enjoyed the college tele class on Wednesday; the challenges got my juices flowing. Your guided examples and suggestions for each techniques were very helpful. Would love to take the class weekly. Will post my artwork shortly. Thanks again.

  2. Sarah says:

    Yay! I’m so glad. I had so much fun as well. I would love it if you joined the class weekly and I’m looking forward to seeing your artwork!

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