I'm a total believer that when an achievable idea clicks, it happens quickly and effortlessly (at least at the beginning) and then it sticks. It's as if the tick-tock of the inner clock finally strikes at the moment of some timed conception. It's as if it was pre-designed, pre-orchestrated, pre-choreographed in the waiting room of ideas.
Art of Physics & Beethoven
Being an Artist and the Roaring 1920s
Tool Box, Ladder and Lightning
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
Are you ready to take an inventory of your creative traits? Each of these traits, if emphasized mildly to strongly, will help you be more creative.
Everyone is creative. No one is excluded from this reality. But there are some people for whom creative expression is vital.
Creativity: Discipline or Willingness?
Creativity and Spirituality
Tempering the Inner Critic
Carl Jung and Gateways Themes
Dreams for Change
Creative Process: The Legacy
Enhancement through Repetition
Art Careers in Transition
The Need to Create
Creativity and Relationships
Tribute to Paul Newman
How the Fall Season Benefits Creativity
Creating and Fear
Unblock Creative Expression
Build Confidence and Courage
Evolution, Creation, and Stimulation
Shape the Anatomy of Creative Genius
Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time
Play: The Elixir of Creativity
Play with Possibilities
Stimulate Creative Genius
Natalie Goldberg lived in Brooklyn until she was six, when her family moved out to Farmingdale, Long Island, where her father owned the bar the Aero Tavern. From a young age, Goldberg was mad for books and reading, and especially loved Carson McCullers's The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, which she read in ninth grade. She thinks that single book led her eventually to put pen to paper when she was twenty-four years old.'I Don't Believe in Writer's Block'
Long sentences may seem to be on their way out, thanks to the ubiquity and speed-inducing presence of our digital world, but there is a lot to say for them, as writers in previous, less speed-absorbed cultures have shown. Long sentences get below the surface of things ~ lengthen not only the expanse of space that the words take up on the page, but also the stretch of space within the mind and spirit of the reader.
Listening Your Book into Being
For Fun, Write a Book
Your Book Can Heal the World
You are the Treasure
Refining & Being Refined
Fruits of a Writing Retreat
Is It Commerce, or Is It Art?
Writing a New Chapter Your Life
Rough Drafts & Revisions
When Books Are Less Than Life
Writing In A Spiral
The Value of Completing a Book
Writing as Giving Back
Silence in Writing
Intimate Details in Writing
A Challenge to Write Long
Antidote to Fear
Writing What Can't Be Said
Creativity Isn't Just Good Ideas
In Praise of the Feminine
Writing as Healing
Pressing Essence into Books
Silence and Slowing Down
Learning & Playing by Heart
Returning to What Persists
The You Who Writes
Slowing Down & Listening
Naomi Rose Interview
I'm standing in my studio, watching ten women painting in silence with exquisite focus and concentration, and the energy is just humming. All of a sudden I hear a groan from one of the women and the words "Oh no, I hate it. It's so ugly." I smile, feeling a sense of great relief and dread.
Interview with Chris Zydel
Say 'Yes' to Your Creative Self
Creativity Time Bandits
Inner Critic Got You Down?
Intuitive Painting Blues
Intuitive Painting: Journey into the Unknown
Intuitive Painting: Risk and Change
Intuitive Painting: Spiritual Practice
One Magic Question for Creative Blocks
Women, Painting and Power
In The Woman's Book of Creativity, C. Diane Ealy, Ph.D. mentions that, "Repressed creativity can express itself in unhealthy relationships, overwhelming stress, severe neurotic or even psychotic behavior, and addictive behaviors such as alcoholism. But perhaps the most insidious and common manifestation of repressed creativity in women (and men) is depression."
As you take flight to the wondrous weaving of your dreams, know that you may need some help. Embarking upon the journey your soul may be saying: "Excuse me, excuse me, I have something I want to shaaaaarrre!" Or perhaps it is your heart that exclaims, "A life artfully lived? Yes! Yes! That's the ticket, I'd love to be, do, and have that!" And, as is the reality of the creative process, you are feeling . . . well, sort of alone.
Another Fine Myth
Albert: Imagination, Innovation
Audacity: Courage, Uniqueness
Bea Silly: Play
Lull: Rejuvenation, Rest
Marge: Getting Started
Muse Song: Self Care, Nurturing
Shadow Muse: The Dark Side
Spills: Embracing Mistakes
Arnold the Bodyguard: Protection
Zarpandit: Ruler of Moon & Night
Finding Yemaya: An Adventure At Home
Ninsaba's Garden of Dreams
Leanan Sidhe: Dark Faery of Emerald Isle
La Fauna: A Journey to the Heart
Soaring with Hopi Butterfly Maiden
Seeking the Elusive High Desert Gnome
Sirens to Selkies: Mermaids as Muses
The Fire of Inspiration: Pele
Water: Fount of Inspiration
Earth: Creative Bedrock
Air: Soaring with Swans
Dark: Muse of Shadows
Light: A Return to Joy
Dancing Stones at Cornwall
Landscape for Writers
Nature: Muse, Healer, Guide
The Chaotic Muse
Fear: Muse & Motivator
Dreams as Muse
Story as Muse
Be Your Own Muse
Inner Muse Interview
Annie Lang is a self-taught award-winning designer, author, and artist from Grand Blanc, Michigan. Her how-to instructional books, licensed products and published magazine craft projects have found their way across six continents and into the hands and hearts of creative souls worldwide.
Collage art is a fun and relaxing way to begin experimenting with the endless possibilities of mixed media. This tutorial provides a loose framework for how to begin a mixed media project starting with magazine collage, adding in embellishments or found objects, and then applying additional media. After you've mastered the basics, you can explore creating your art on a variety of substrates such as book covers or wood panels and play with unique textures and effects.
You have a constant stream of thoughts running through your mind, and we use the term "inner critics" to describe the thoughts that criticize you or tell you that you should be ashamed or feel guilty if you do what you want to do.
There is an interesting historical context for a subjective perception of time that can help prepare the way for the conceptual journey of creating time. The ancient Greeks had two words for marking the differences between the experiences of time: kronos and kairos.