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Learning from Leonardo: DaVinci's Genius Habits
with Linda Dessau


Creative Process, Highly Sensitive Persons & Creativity
with Lisa Agaran


10 Mind-Expanding 'Take Ten' Writing Exercises
with Bonnie Neubauer


The Enlightened Way To Clear Writer's Block
with Tom Evans


20 'Right Brain' Exercises
with Bonnie Neubauer


Writing with Courage and Craft
with Barbara Abercrombie


Lightbulb Moments on Tap
with Tom Evans


Inner Voices of Creativity
SoulCollage® with Ann Marie Bennett


Dreaming, Shamanism, & Imagination
with Robert Moss


SoulCollaging with Cancer
with Ann Marie Bennett


No Ordinary Time
with Jan Phillips


4 Whimsical Rock Painting Tutorials
By Ernestina Gallina


Art as a Spiritual Practice
with Whitney Freya


10 Days of 'Writing Dangerously'
with Barbara Abercrombie


19 Profiles of Creative Empowerment
with Diana Rivera


Inspiring Creativity
with Kate Quinlan


The Critics in Your Head Are Not You
By SARK


9 Guided Imageries to Inspire Your Creative Journey
By Molly Childers & Chris Dunmire


9 Ways to Cultvate Habits to Spark Creative Genius at Work
By Jeannine McGlade


5 Creativity Nurturing Practices to Embrace
By Kate Quinlan


Storyworthy: The Secret to Great Storytelling
By Matthew Dicks


Edison and Cross-Generation Collaboration
By Chris Dunmire


How Creativity Helps Kids Love Writing
By Maria Chatzi


The Rite of Passage for the Creative
By Diana Rivera


Women, Painting and Power
By Chris Zydel


The Need to Create
By Barbara Bowen


A Journey through Gail McMeekin's 'The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women'
By Chris Dunmire


32 Traits of Creative People
By Robert Allan Black


Writing from the Deeper Self
with Naomi Rose


Collaging Artistic Creations
By Chris Dunmire

Learning from Great Masters

A Light Bulb Moment on Edison's Creative Genius and the Cross-Generational Collaboration We Participate In

By Chris Dunmire

LightbulbThank goodness for Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931). This passionate man — credited with having a hand (some might say 'hand-lifted') in creating useful, life-changing inventions: the phonograph, light bulb, and telephone, along with having multiple electrical, mechanical, and chemical patents behind his name — left us with an incredible insight about genius and the cross-generational collaboration we particate in.


DaVinci's Genius Habits

Awakening Your Senses

By Linda Dessau

DavinciAs artists, we get to play in the land of the senses as often as we allow ourselves to. And our gift to the world is that we help others to engage their senses through what we create. Da Vinci took great care to create an environment that nourished every one of his senses. Nothing was there by chance.


Author Interviews

Interview with 'Writing Down the Bones' Author Natalie Goldberg

By Molly Childers

Natalie GoldbergWriting Down the Bones was the first book that made me feel like a writer. I've been gleaning inspiration from her work since I was first introduced to Bones in high school. Her unquenchable curiosity, thirst for juicy details, and unsparing honesty kept me coming back for more with Wild Mind. Goldberg is, in fact, the first writer who truly seemed real to me — she wasn't just a face in a dusty old book, but an actual flesh-and-blood woman battling it out on the page. I could picture having coffee with her in a cafe and writing for hours.


Profiles of Creative Empowerment

Giulietta Masina, Gypsy, a Classroom of Children

By Diana Rivera

Creative EmpowermentHow many film artists, actors and designers all draw inspiration from Federico Fellini's magnificently constructed worlds, connecting thoughtful story structure and characterization? Countless. It's curious to think about when one artist inspires another's work, it's a co-creation of a separate entity. Like any great piece of art, it takes on a life with legs to walk, hands to mold and eyes to direct the way. Fellini's wife and collaborator, Giulietta Masina, did that to me. The first time I saw her in Fellini's "La Strada" she performed the role of Gelsomina, a fey young woman sold off to a strongman by her mother.


Fostering Creativity

The Secret Ingredient to Teaching Creativity

By Abby Connors

Fostering CreativityI'm consistently reminded that my first impressions of a child's idea are often way off the mark. What looked to me like a dinosaur turned out to be a robot; what I thought was a puppy scampering was meant to be a unicorn. When I'm patient enough to really listen, and double-check when I'm not sure I get it, my students trust that their ideas will be heard and understood. This leads to more ideas, more raised hands, more confident sharing of imaginative suggestions.


Guided Imagery

Surrender: A Guided Journey

By Molly Childers & Chris Dunmire

surrenderAre you procrastinating, or letting other tasks take precedence over your creative soul-work? This guided meditation reveals how much energy resistance takes when you struggle against your natural desire to do creative work.


The Nine Modern Day Muses

Five Ways to Believe in Yourself: From the Muse, Audacity

By Jill Badonsky, MEd

Symbol of AudacityWe tend to be attracted to confident, bold, defiant people in the world of art. Many times audacity can go further than even talent. The talented artist, writer, or musician who does not show belief and confidence can flounder, when someone less talented but with assertive belief can flourish. Being convinced in the merit of our work is an attractive energy that sells and magnetizes attention as much for the product as for the belief itself. Spending time working on confidence, acting "as if" we are worthy, excellent, daring and courageous would be time well spent for the creative person desiring success. That is why one of the nine Greek Muses was upgraded to a Muse with moxie called Audacity.


Creative Writing Prompts

'Super Wordacious' Writing Exercise

By Bonnie Neubauer

Super WordaciousIn this exercise, you will combine three existing items (prefix, root, and suffix) to create a fourth (new word). When you write, you do the same type of creative math. Example: one funny anecdote from work + one exotic location you want to visit + one ethical issue facing you = a new idea for a screenplay. It’s fun to look at things you’ve written to identify the life moments that you added together to make one writing.


Creativity & Inspiration

Collective Thoughts

By Tom Evans

LightbulbThere have been many times throughout history where two or more people come up with the same bright idea at the same time. Some of these cases will undoubtedly be down to either plagiarism or espionage but some are the result of pure synchronicity of thought and invention. In this modern day and age, unless you sit in a dark cave, you are bombarded by terabytes of data each day. You could easily scan a newspaper but not consciously read an article about a new invention or idea but then it could appear in your conscious mind sometime later, perhaps as a light bulb moment. You then see the invention mentioned on TV or the Internet sometime later and you might think someone has stolen your idea when it wasn't necessarily yours in the first place.


Writing Inspiration & Encouragement

Digging Truthfully Into Your Own Life

By Barbara Abercrobmie

WritingWe write personal non-fiction — essays, memoir and autobiography — not to gaze at our belly buttons and muse over how wonderful or awful our lives are, but to put down our own small, individual truth. One question we all face when writing non-fiction about our life is how creative can you be with the truth? I believe the best way you can answer this question is from your own expectations as a reader.


SoulCollage®

Collaging with Cancer

By Anne Marie Bennett

SoulCollage

In this Collaging with Cancer series, I take you through my cancer journey step by step, and show you how creating SoulCollage® cards helped me to express my feelings, find my balance, and create a haven of inner peace where I was able to stay connected to Self, Others, and Spirit. As I share my journey with you, I hope that it brings you or those you love some measure of inner peace, and a movement towards acceptance and a possibility of joy.

Second Time Around | Journey, Interrupted | Collaging the Fear | Standing Up to Cancer | Being Held by Community | Resting in the Healing Light | Stay Away | Celebrating Life | Goddess of Peace and Mindfulness | Cancer and the Wounded Body | My Healing Team | Possibility Awaits | Opening to Healing


Art Perspectives

The Eight Principles of Design

By Whitney Freya

DesignThe principles of design are not the result of a panel of art academics who felt the need to create more rules. The principles of design are the language of our mind's eye, how we visually analyze everything we see. They have been used by artists for centuries to create paintings that successfully communicate their heart's desire, the natural beauty of a landscape, the spirit of a portrait, or the innate element of objects in a still life. Now you are going to learn how to use them. The principles of design are interwoven throughout our lives because we process so much of our world and our life visually.


Creativity & Spirituality

Homo Sentiens: Feeling Human

By Jan Phillips

No Ordinary TimeSomeone asked me what I thought was dying to be born. Homo sapiens, I said. Homo sapiens (Latin: "wise man" or "knowing man") is dying to be born into the next iteration — the homo sentiens, perhaps. Homo sapiens knows, but look where that's got us. Brains without a heart. Homo sentiens (Latin: "feeling human") will bridge the brain-heart gap and compassion — "feeling with" — will be their modus operandi.


Rock Painting Tutorial

Adorable Painted Love Bugs

By Ernestina Gallina

Rock PaintingCould anyone resist to these funny lovebugs? They make a beautiful gift and are a statement of love. Choose the model and color combination you wish from the photos to guide you through each step. Choose smooth rocks that through the years have been gently smoothed and molded into the shape of a small ball.


FRESH INSPIRATIONS

Arte & Scienza: Using Both Sides of Your Brain

Sfumato: Being Open to Experience

Dimostrazione: Leaping into Your Experiences

Corporalita: Taking Care of Your Body

Sensazione: Awakening Your Senses

Connessione: Seeing the Connection in Everything

Curiosita: Being Curious About Everything

10 Ways Improvisation Helps Children Learn

Children Need to Know We Value Their Ideas

Creative Arts and Creative Thinking Are Not the Same Thing!

My Student Just Did Something Creative... Now What?

Think Outside the Catalog

The Secret Ingredient to Teaching Creativity

Never Say 'No' to Creativity

Prepare to Be Amazed with Creative Ideas

Raising Creative Children

E. Paul Torrance's Creative Manifesto for Children

10 Ways Improvisation Helps Children Learn

Children Need to Know We Value Their Ideas

The Creative Magic of Naming

Richard Feynman's 'Explore the World'

Robert Henri's 'The Art Spirit'

Writing: Just Do It

Writing Around Numbers

Personal Essays: Short Takes

Digging Truthfully Into Your Own Life

Writing Your Own History

Habit Forming: Keeping a Journal

Switchbacks up the Mountain

Daring to Tell

Racing Hearts and Churning Stomachs

Life Rafts

Writers with a View

The Story in Your Head

One of the Worst Things a Writer Can Do

A Mess of Questions and Detail

Sailing from Context

Getting Published

'Writing Dangerously' Interview

How to Write an Artist's Statement with Integrity

Design Principles in 'A Sunday on La Grande Jatte'

The 6-Day Pottery Class Experiment

Reframing Approach to Getting Unstuck

Marcel Proust Approach to Getting Unstuck

Pottery Approach to Getting Unstuck

Buddy Approach to Getting Unstuck

Matrix Approach to Getting Unstuck

Spiritual Approach to Getting Unstuck

Reward Approach to Getting Unstuck

Hero Approach to Getting Unstuck

How Society Tells Us Not to Create

How Friends and Family May Convince Us Not to Create

How We Convince Ourselves Not to Create

Practical Suggestions for Giving Yourself Permission

Explore SARK's 'Make Your Creative Dreams Real'

Quest Through Eric Maisel's 'The Van Gogh Blues'

Art of Physics & Beethoven

Being an Artist and the Roaring 1920s

Co-Creator Series

Einstein, Wilson, & Glass

Elizabeth Gilbert: Creative Ignition

Giulietta Masina & a Classroom

Hedy Lamarr: Patent Invention

Imagination and Yann Tiersen

Lhasa de Sela: A Bid Farewell

Nina Surel's Studio

2000 Zen: Stepping on the Tight Rope

On the Creative Life of Pina Bausch

Pina Bausch and Leonardo da Vinci

Rage from 'The Tango Lesson'e

Rite of Passage for the Creative

The Transformative Wisdom of Sand

William Sidis: Destitute Genius

Yo-Yo Ma: Silk Road's Message

Say 'Yes' to Your Creative Self

Creativity Time Bandits

Inner Critic Got You Down?

Intuitive Painting Blues

Intuitive Painting: Into the Unknown

Intuitive Painting: Risk and Change

Intuitive Painting: Spiritual Practice

One Magic Question for Creative Blocks