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  • Pursuing Creative Passion: Photographer Natalie Fobes

    Pursuing Creative Passion: Photographer Natalie Fobes

    How does our self concept, our identity, affect creative expression?
    How do we find creative passions and how does pursuing them demand changes in our life?
    One example of an artist who has addressed these questions is Natalie Fobes.
    A bio on her site …

  • ADHD and the Creative Mind

    ADHD and the Creative Mind

    “I have always had a bit of a difficult time focusing on things that aren’t interesting to me…” Lisa Ling added, “I get really, really anxious before taking any kind of test or having any kind of evaluation. As a journalist, when I’m immersed in a story, then I feel like I can laser-focus. “But […]

  • Eric Maisel on Creating Fearlessly

    Eric Maisel on Creating Fearlessly

    In his online class How to Create Fearlessly, psychologist and creativity coach Eric Maisel provides strategies to help people create more freely and effectively. From the class description: “All day long we’re supposed to get things right: pay our bills, pick up our kids, and so on. It is very hard to move from this […]

  • Do Artists Have Unique Brains?

    Do Artists Have Unique Brains?

    “The artist group had significantly more grey matter in an area of the brain.” A BBC news story reports on research that concludes “Artists have structurally different brains compared with non-artists. Brain scans revealed that artists had increased neural matter in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery. “The research, published in NeuroImage, […]

  • Do You Feel A Calling to Be Creative?

    Do You Feel A Calling to Be Creative?

    What leads, urges, even compels so many of us to be creatively expressive?
    Given that everyone is creative to some degree, why do many people choose careers in the arts, or work that actively engages their creativity?
    Most of us will never be actors or…

  • Mistakes Fuel Creativity and Innovation

    Mistakes Fuel Creativity and Innovation

    What seems to be a setback, error or limitation, may often be valuable for encouraging more creative thinking and innovation.
    Valerie Young writes about two “mistakes” that resulted in very successful products:
    “Did you know, for exam…

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  • Success As A Creative Entrepreneur

    Success As A Creative Entrepreneur

    “The act of making something new makes us vulnerable.”
    That is a comment by artist and creative business consultant Lisa Sonora Beam, who writes in her book “The Creative Entrepreneur” about the variety of challenges that creati…

  • Artist Robert Genn on Happiness and Art

    Artist Robert Genn on Happiness and Art

    In an issue of his newsletter, artist Robert Genn notes that in his book “Against Happiness” writer Eric Wilson “disparages our current love affair with putting on a happy face.”
    Wilson thinks that with our “feel good” culture and t…

  • Journaling to Bring Creative Ideas to Life

    Journaling to Bring Creative Ideas to Life

    Maybe you kept a diary – or still do. Or use a notebook as a helpful tool for personal growth, or to track ideas.
    Artists, as well as entrepreneurs and other creative people, often use storyboards, journals, mindmapping and other idea tools for d…

  • Do You Call Yourself an Artist?

    Do You Call Yourself an Artist?

    How important is it to identify yourself as an artist – to others, and especially to yourself?
    What if you don’t get awards for your creative work? What if it isn’t even seen by others?
    Are you still an artist if you are doing something else …

  • Be More Creative With More Self Care Part 2

    Be More Creative With More Self Care Part 2

    [Continued from Part 1]
    Musician Henry Rollins commented about being a performer and staying healthy on road tours:
    “Eating well is becoming easier on the road as more places are health conscious. Gyms are easy to find anywhere there’s electricity …

  • Be More Creative With More Self Care

    Be More Creative With More Self Care

    Many people feel inspired to pursue creative projects, even multiple ones at the same time. One potential downside is physical and emotional burnout.
    Good self-care is taking steps daily, even hourly, to stay replenished with the energy and positive at…

  • What Keeps You Away From Creative Work?

    What Keeps You Away From Creative Work?

    As a child or teenager, we were perhaps more freely creative, but as supposed “grown-ups” we face fears and uncertainties about our talents, or the marketplace value of a particular form of expression, or what our investing in a project mea…

  • How Can We Create More Confidently?

    How Can We Create More Confidently?

    Creating may often include anxiety and other sorts of fear. We need to develop courage and learn how to deal with these feelings to be more fully creative.
    “Art work is ordinary work, but it takes courage to embrace that work.”
    That is a qu…

  • Finding Joy in Creating

    Finding Joy in Creating

    “Composing gives me great pleasure… there is nothing that surpasses the joy of creation, if only because through it one wins hours of self-forgetfulness, when one lives in a world of sound.”
    Pianist and composer Clara Schumann (1819-1…

  • Missing or Abandoning Our Creative Fulfillment (Part 2)

    Missing or Abandoning Our Creative Fulfillment (Part 2)

    [Continued from Part 1]
    “The practice of any art isn’t to make a living, it’s to make your soul grow.”
    Kurt Vonnegut
    To be creative at times feels like an almost effortless flow, but creative work may also require a high level of courage and bo…

  • Missing or Abandoning Our Creative Fulfillment

    Missing or Abandoning Our Creative Fulfillment

    “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
    That quote (attributed to both Leonardo da Vinci and Picasso) is most likely about the process of creating a piece of work – but what about abandoning even the attempt to create something: a pa…

  • Do You Need to be Crazy to be Creative?

    Do You Need to be Crazy to be Creative?

    “Creativity is a divine madness… a gift from the gods.” Plato
    “People who are getting into this archetype of the tortured poet end up really torturing themselves to death.” Sting
    This mythology of madness as a fuel for creativity,…

  • Do You Ever Feel Like A Fraud?

    Do You Ever Feel Like A Fraud?

    “At any time I still expect that the no-talent police will come and arrest me.” Actor, writer, director Mike Myers
    Many talented and creative people experience impostor feelings and beliefs about themselves, despite their accomplishments.
    Valerie …

  • David Burkus Highlights Myths of Creativity

    David Burkus Highlights Myths of Creativity

    There are many ongoing myths and ideas about being creative: You need to wait for a flash of inspiration; You need to be a “genius”; Artists are crazy, or at least flaky; You need to be in pain to create, and many more.
    This image is from t…

  • Embracing Even The Pain of the Creative Process – Part 2

    Embracing Even The Pain of the Creative Process – Part 2

    Many artists use creative expression to explore and express pain in life, but does creative work itself have to be painful for most of us?
    Frida Kahlo painted a series of self-portraits as a depiction of the years of treatment (including orthopedic app…

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