“The artist begins with a vision — a creative operation requiring effort. Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse How can fear impact our creative thinking and creative work? How do we gain confidence to live and create more fully? Author and teacher Elizabeth Gilbert admits “the only reason I can speak so authoritatively about fear is […]
mental health and artists
“Life without pain isn’t real at all.” Shia LaBeouf Many people have had traumatic childhoods, and are drawn to creative expression as part of their way to deal with it, to heal and regain self esteem. A number of talented actors have suffered traumatic experiences, including Ashley Judd, who was sexually abused; Charlize Theron, as […]
Jacquelyn Strickland is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Coach and workshop leader based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her approach specializes in blending therapeutic principles and coaching strategies with a spiritual foundation. “The idea of acting versus reacting is so important for highly sensitive people, because we do take in so much from our environment. I like […]
One of those cliches about creative expression is to “Write what you know.” Maybe it can be expanded to “Create from what you know and who you are.” Lena Dunham is the creator, executive producer, and one of the stars of the HBO series “Girls” about four young women living in New York. She bases […]
Creativity coach, author and psychologist Eric Maisel, PhD, notes “Some people become doctors, lawyers, accountants, or marketing executives. Some people stay at home and raise a family.
“But millions of people make another sort of choice, …