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  • What Variety of Creative Person Are You?

    What Variety of Creative Person Are You?

    We may watch a movie or TV show, read a novel or listen to music, and appreciate that the authors, those identified as artists, are certainly “creative types” – but what about the producers and set designers?
    Or the computer engineers…

  • Being Idle To Be More Creative

    Being Idle To Be More Creative

    “I don’t think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness – to save oneself trouble.”
    Agatha Christie [via brainyquote.com]
    We may feel pressured t…

  • 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, […]

  • 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…

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