Riding Lessons for Artists
Forging a New Path in Art and Life
It's (Almost) Never Too Late
The Basics are Basic
How Do We Learn and From Whom?
Where am I, and where am I going?
Artist Lynda Lehmann Interview
Why Artists Create Art
Creating Art is an Affirmation of Life
What is Art? Traditional vs Abstract
What Good Art Does to Us
In Praise of Creative Process
Think Small (No, I'm not Joking...)
The Artist: 'Tortured Soul' or Joyous Participant?
Set the Page on Fire
By Steve O'Keefe
All writing originates in thought, so it's understandable that thinking and writing sometimes get confused. It is amazing how many people, myself included, think of the thought streams in our minds as "writing." That is a seduction to be avoided. I've spoken with dozens of people who want to be authors — and think they already are — because they have thoroughly worked-out streams of stories and articles in their heads. Until you translate those thoughts into words, you're not writing. You're thinking. They're two different things.
Spirited Woman Q & A
By Nancy Mills
Q. You took 11 men into the canopy on an expedition, what was the expedition for and how did this happen?
A. I wanted to study the Mayoruna Indians, and to get to this particular tribe it's in one of the last of the so-called unexplored parts of the Amazon jungle. There is one section that is still primary forest and still uncharted, roughly on the border of Peru and Brazil. To get there you either helicopter or walk-in. I walked in because I felt that I had to have the experiences along the way and the changes in my own nature along the way, so that when I got to these people, if I could locate them, I would have a little better understanding of what their life might be about.
By Molly Childers & Chris Dunmire
What is your definition of courage? What does courage symbolize to you? For this meditation, ponder this, as you close your eyes. Is courage a trait you possess or one you wish to find more of in your heart?
Books & Printables
By Chris Dunmire, Unpuzzler
Great for April Fool's or any day pranking! Teachers and Parents: Enjoy pulling off a creatively delightful (and harmless!) joke at home or in the classroom. What looks like an ordinary activity soon turns into an unforgettable experience is expecation vs. reality. These six reprintable eye-catching impossible-to-solve word-find puzzles have stumped even the smartest of students and puzzle enthusisasts (because the words are really hidden good so they can't be found!) and have delighted teachers, parents, and pranksters worldwide since 2005.
Therapeutic Creative Expression
By Diana Raab, PhD
Today, many therapists use writing to augment talk therapy. In fact, sometimes writing is a vital part of many psychological interventions. Usually, writing is a solitary activity that can be done before or after a therapy session. Sometimes practitioners ask their clients to share their writings as a springboard for beginning the discussion. Writing is also one way you can communicate with yourself. It provides a container for your feelings and emotions. Sometimes such writing might feel good in the beginning, but if you write about painful subjects, the process can become too painful. This would probably a good time to take a break and do something else. Chances are that you will have already achieved the therapeutic results of writing for healing.
By Abby Connors
I presented a workshop at a unique international conference, "Educating the Creative Mind," held at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. The conference was tremendously stimulating, with educators and researchers from all over the world sharing ideas. I met dancers, educational psychologists, actors, musicians, and arts educators from a variety of backgrounds, with a wide range of perspectives on arts-based education. There's so much more to "educating the creative mind" than arts education. First of all, as Dr. Howard Gardner pointed out in his keynote address at the conference, all art is not creative. In fact, much "art" in our popular culture is distressingly trite and derivative.
Creativity & Inspiration
By Tom Evans
When you experience a moment of light, it is quite simply magical. If you happened to have an Magnetic Resonance Imaging [MRI] scanner handy at the time, and you stuck your head in it, you would see every neuron in your brain lighting up as it connects with it's neighbours. Over 10 billion neurons would light up in harmony shouting "Eureka!" at you. Moments of light like this are more commonly referred to nowadays as light bulb moments. As Archimedes, Newton and Saint Paul could testify though, human beings experienced them well before the light bulb was invented.
Premiums and Printables
By Chris Dunmire
They say that "Money doesn't grow on trees", but who says you can't grow it in a flower pot? With a little bit of creativity and imagination, I say anything is possible! Yes, YOU can make one of the most creatively delightful and satisfying gifts ever with my origami Money Plant design and as few as 20 single dollar bills. This craft is fun to make and hard to give away and features my fake funny Money Plant Seed Packet. Featured in Money: Everything You Never Knew About Your Favorite Thing to Find, Save, Spend, and Covet by Sandra and Harry Chonron.