Category: Developing Creativity

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Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen on Art and Being Creative

“The function of artists is to keep people childlike in a positive way. To keep open to the world.” Viggo Mortensen continues, “Apart from traveling to different countries, to different communities, to different parts of your city, I think that art is one of the greatest anti-war and anti-poverty weapons.” Continued in The Creative Mind […]

Developing Creativity: Resource Links

Developing Creativity: Resource Links

In researching articles for my various sites, I come across many helpful resource sites and articles on creativity research, innovation and developing creativity. Here are a few. ~~~~~~~ Creativity at Work: Developing creativity and innovation in organizations Founder: Linda Naiman – a creativity and innovation consultant. “Our focus is on leadership and team development, creativity, […]

Terrence Howard on growing as an artist and a person

Terrence Howard on growing as an artist and a person

Like many artists, Terrence Howard is multitalented; before acting he studied chemical engineering at Pratt University, and has produced an album of his “urban country” music. His quotes and perspectives below are from a Bullz-Eye Interview by Jason Zingale (2005). We have to remember.. that we’re all artists. Every one of us is an artist, […]

Matt Weiner, Lili Taylor, Carl Jung on using our subconscious

Matt Weiner, Lili Taylor, Carl Jung on using our subconscious

What lies beneath our usual waking consciousness provides so much of the material we can use for creative expression. The Red Book is a new publication of Carl Jung’s journals and explorations into his soul and psyche. More on that later, but first – two artists talk about using their subconscious for creative inspiration. A […]

Creative Development: Actively Caress Wonder. Play.

Creative Development: Actively Caress Wonder. Play.

“An artist must actively caress wonder: for fascination, like the desire to play, can be eradicated by the rigors of living.” Eric Maisel “There is a myth, common in American culture, that work and play are entirely separate activities.” That is a quote by Laura Seargeant Richardson, a principal designer at frog design, who “specializes […]

Developing Creativity: Three Part Harmony with SARK

Developing Creativity: Three Part Harmony with SARK

Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, better known as SARK to millions of fans worldwide, is a writer and visual artist who “encourages and inspires women of all ages to become “succulent.” She defines this as transcending past pains and feeling the freedom of full self-expression.” [From summary of her book Succulent Wild Woman.] Julia Cameron, author […]

Passion Fuels Creative Expression

Passion Fuels Creative Expression

“Whatever it is, I have to really love it – that’s what’s important to me. “I wouldn’t have done ‘The Lion King’ if I didn’t believe it has something solid to say to people.” Director Julie Taymor added, “When you approach it that way, you come at it with all your soul and intelligence.” In […]

Creative collaboration

Creative collaboration

The wry and witty TV comedy series “30 Rock” (starring and created by Tina Fey) often features scenes in the writers room for the fictional variety show, “TGS with Tracy Jordan.” Actor Keith Powell (at left in photo) plays the stuffy, Harvard-educated writer James “Toofer” Spurlock. He sat in on the real “30 Rock” writers room […]

Embracing Our Creative Abilities and Inspirations as Gifts

Embracing Our Creative Abilities and Inspirations as Gifts

“Something really vital happens if we treat the things that give us the most joy and delight – like, say, our creative abilities – as gifts…” – Jericha Senyak In her thoughtful and stimulating post “I is for Imagination” artist Jericha Senyak writes about some posts on my blog The Creative Mind, that they “seem […]

An Intense Inner Pressure to Create

An Intense Inner Pressure to Create

In her book, Mary-Elaine Jacobsen quotes some insightful comments by Annemarie Roeper (founder of the Roeper School and The Roeper Review, a professional journal on the gifted) about the intense inner pressure to create as a characteristic of high ability people: “Gifted adults may be overwhelmed by the pressure of their own creativity. The gifted […]

A great artist can come from any background

A great artist can come from any background

“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. “We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in […]

Artist Stephen C. Layne on creative expression

Artist Stephen C. Layne on creative expression

Artist Stephen C. Layne comments on some of his creative thinking and process: “There is something so unexpected when seeing a picture of a piece of your work. It’s similar to my first gallery opening. A picture can’t change just as a piece can no longer be altered once it is in public, untouchable on […]

Stop Whining And Get Back To Work

Stop Whining And Get Back To Work

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert (“Eat, Pray, Love”) relates the story of a friend of hers, “an Italian filmmaker of great artistic sensibility” who, following years of struggling to get his films made, sent “an anguished letter to his hero, the brilliant (and perhaps half-insane) German filmmaker Werner Herzog. “My friend complained about how difficult it is […]

Eric Maisel on his course "Your Life in the Arts"

Eric Maisel on his course “Your Life in the Arts”

Creativity coach, therapist and psychologist Eric Maisel, PhD is author of more than 30 books including Fearless Creating, The Van Gogh Blues, Coaching the Artist Within and many other titles on developing creativity and a creative life. In his course Your Best Life in the Arts, he provides “real answers to the challenges that confront […]

The Power of Subconscious Thinking

The Power of Subconscious Thinking

Director Mike Nichols recognizes the value for creative expression of our unconscious depths. “In making movies,” he said, “time is so short — because it is so expensive — that we tend to neglect the place from which the best ideas come, namely that part of ourselves that dreams. “The unconscious is our best collaborator. […]

Be More Creative: Be An Introvert

Be More Creative: Be An Introvert

Author Susan Cain declares: “Without introverts, the world would be devoid of: the theory of gravity; the theory of relativity; W. B. Yeats’s “The Second Coming”; Chopin’s nocturnes; Proust’s In Search of Lost Time; Peter Pan…” She quotes science journalist Winifred Gallagher: “The glory of the disposition that stops to consider stimuli rather than rushing […]

Take A Creative Leap

Take A Creative Leap

Cynthia Morris is a teacher, creativity coach and author. She says, “It’s my life’s work to help others navigate their creative journeys.” In her article Ways to Take A Creative Leap, she asks “If you were leaping off from where you are now, what would your Creative Leap look like? It may be taking up […]

Thinking Like Leonardo Da Vinci

Thinking Like Leonardo Da Vinci

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci “We tried to make something much more holistic and simple.” Steve Jobs Commenting about the iPod, Steve Jobs said “Look at the design of a lot of consumer products — they’re really complicated surfaces. We tried to make something much more holistic and simple.” Michael Gelb is […]

Big c and little c creativity: everyday creative experience

Big c and little c creativity: everyday creative experience

Art can be insulated and considered as precious – something only official artists do. In her book “Revolution From Within” Gloria Steinem notes that “most art in the world does not have a capital ‘A,’ but is a way of turning everyday objects into personal expressions.” Steinem encourages creating images or objects as a way […]

Creative thinking - creative mindfulness

Creative thinking – creative mindfulness

Creativity coach and therapist Eric Maisel, PhD notes the word mindfulness stands for “the nonjudgmental observation and acknowledgment of our thoughts.” He explains: “We notice the thought – for example, ‘I am running from my writing’ – and acknowledge that we had the thought. The thought comes, we notice it, and it goes.” So, how […]

Developing creativity by nurturing divergent thinking

Developing creativity by nurturing divergent thinking

Divergent thinking is one of the defining qualities of creative and high ability people. While it may be a prominent trait of children and many gifted adults, encouraging out of the ordinary ideas can be suppressed as we “grow up” and learn to fit in. But it can also be actively nurtured. Some examples of […]

Be more creative - Part 2

Be more creative – Part 2

Articles and other resources for helping you gain new perspectives and be more creative: ideas for enhancing creativity and innovation. ~~~~~~~ The Secret to Creativity: Mike Dillon at TEDxEastsidePrep “Creativity is not some sort of rare magic, it’s actually an infinite resource – and it’s kinda like a virus.” “Mike Dillon’s background spans over three […]

Our Greatest Untapped Resource

Our Greatest Untapped Resource

By Cynthia Morris I have encouraged creativity for years, believing that it is essential to all of us. I know that the creative impulse is important, and now I have a greater sense of exactly how vital that is to all of us, right now. Creativity is not a feel-good, optional quality to cultivate, but […]

Trusting Your Creative Self

Trusting Your Creative Self

If we are willing to put our creative work out there – into the world in some way – it will be judged and ranked. What if our book doesn’t make it to a bestseller list, our painting is not accepted by a gallery, our blog doesn’t show up on a Google page one, or […]

The Creative Personality: Both Smart and Naive

The Creative Personality: Both Smart and Naive

“I’ll never be the artist I was as a child.” Willa Cather We may value children, and our own child selves, as having more free and unrestrained creativity. But how true is that notion? How much do we benefit from having a child-like sense of play? Don’t we need our adult intellect to be creative? […]

Ken Robinson on Discovering Your Talents and Passions

Ken Robinson on Discovering Your Talents and Passions

The Path to Discovering Your Talents and Passions, with Sir Ken Robinson “In How to Find Your Element, his 7-session workshop for YouTube channel Big Think Mentor, creativity expert Ken Robinson tackles the epidemic of dissatisfaction with work and life. In session 4, he offers suggestions and exercises for discovering what you’re naturally good at, […]

Commerce and Creativity

Commerce and Creativity

If you create just for your own pleasure and mental health, that is fine – but if you want to get your creative work seen and acknowledged, and have it financially support your life, you need to see yourself as a creative entrepreneur. “Making money is art and working is art and good business is […]

Aren't All Creative People Multitalented?

Aren’t All Creative People Multitalented?

They may be identified with one form of creativity – such as writing or acting, one of the visual arts, or performing music – but so many creative people work in multiple ways, in more than one area of expression. And they may not even think it is extraordinary to be so multifaceted. In his […]

Key Lessons for Creative Dreamers

Key Lessons for Creative Dreamers

“Stop being patient and have fun, instead. This is the only real reason there is to pursue your dream.” Lesson One: The Hallmarks of Genius Lesson Two: How Sex and Creativity Connect Lesson Three: How (and Why) to Be Patient Lesson Four: How to Manage Rejection Lesson Five: A Great Way to Cut Expenses Lesson […]

Abandoning or Missing Creative Fulfillment

Abandoning or Missing Creative Fulfillment

“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 boldness – even to make the choice to do something creative. And realizing our […]

Brain Differences and Creativity

Brain Differences and Creativity

Notable creative ability and expression can be related to changes in brain structure and function from disease, stroke, injury, disability or other conditions. Darold Treffert, M.D. notes, “Savant syndrome is a rare but remarkable condition in which people with developmental disabilities, including autism or other central nervous system disorders, have some remarkable islands of genius […]

Taking care of ourselves to be more creative

Taking care of ourselves to be more creative

“For the person who’s ready to change, to grow, to look at things that challenge them and try to learn how to do it differently, that person is going to bloom and blossom into their creativity… when we’re blocked by not taking good enough care of ourselves physically, emotionally, we can’t produce the work we […]

Constraints and Creativity

Constraints and Creativity

One of the basic concepts about the creative process is that it involves generation of many ideas, followed by analytic selection, then implementation. Idea generation may be very “loose” and unrestrained – even fantastical and not necessarily tied to normal reality. In my earlier post Creative Thinking and Schizophrenia, I wrote a little about the […]