Tag: "Creative inspiration – Muse"

Posts on creative inspiration & passion, and ideas about the Muse / the Muses, and the Daimonic.
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Telling ourselves stories - true and not so true

Telling ourselves stories – true and not so true

“When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened.” – Mark Twain One of the most basic ways we deal with life and find meaning is to create […]

Maggie Taylor: Making Images That Invite Reverie

Maggie Taylor: Making Images That Invite Reverie

Artist Maggie Taylor creates richly surreal and evocative images, often with themes of inner states and unusual realities. The Photoshop site describes her work: “The dreamlike world of narrative photomontages – Alchemist. Weaver of narrative collages. Image magician. Maggie Taylor and her work defy traditional labels. “Taylor…using her point-and-click camera, flatbed scanners, and Adobe® Photoshop® software, creates collaged […]

Joseph Gordon-Levitt on hitRECord and collective creation

Joseph Gordon-Levitt on hitRECord and collective creation

“That’s why we use the Internet and we put these projects that we do online, and anybody can contribute to them. I’m there directing, participating, curating, and editing, and we make things together.” Joseph Gordon-Levitt Well-known as an actor (movies: “Inception,” “50/50″ etc), Joseph Gordon-Levitt is also the founder and director of hitRECord.org, an online […]

Is a rare and special ‘artistic’ talent required?

Is a rare and special ‘artistic’ talent required?

Author Betty Edwards asks, “Why do we assume that a rare and special ‘artistic’ talent is required for drawing? We don’t make that assumption about other kinds of abilities. “If you can catch a baseball, thread a needle, or hold a pencil and write your name, you can learn to draw skillfully, artistically, and creatively.” […]

The upside of our dysfunctions

The upside of our dysfunctions

“So many good things have happened to me because of how unhealthy I’ve been mentally.” The photo shows Judd Apatow directing his wife, Leslie Mann, on the set of “Knocked Up,” which he also produced and wrote. Other credits include “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” and the acclaimed “Freaks and Geeks” TV […]

Some Ideas on How To Develop Creativity

Some Ideas on How To Develop Creativity

There are many concepts about how to develop creativity in corporations and individuals, starting at an early age. Here are a few key ideas from several sources: ~ ~ ~ Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Creativity is a Decision: Keys to Developing Creativity in Children and Adults By Wesley Fryer. These are my […]

Harry Potter and positive psychology

Harry Potter and positive psychology

In a BBC Radio interview, Stephen Fry asked ‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling about “not holding back from the difficult and the frightening and the treacherous and the unjust and all the things that most exercise children’s minds.” Rowling (her name rhymes with bowling, rather than howling) replied, “I feel very strongly that there is […]

The Creativity Conference with David Burkus

The Creativity Conference with David Burkus

Host David Burkus is author of the book The Myths of Creativity. He summarizes the online conference: “We tend to think about creativity in terms that are reminiscent of the ancient muses. “We talk about being divinely inspired or have flashes of insight, like creativity is only open to a lucky few. “The truth is […]

How to Stop Creative Thinking

How to Stop Creative Thinking

Are you waiting for a muse? Are you telling yourself you are not creative? Those are two of the limitations creativity author Michael Michalko addresses in his article The Seven Deadly Sins that Prevent Creative Thinking. Here are two excerpts, with some of my comments. SIN ONE – “People do not believe they are creative. […]

Novelist Clare Allen on "Poppy Shakespeare," mental illness and creativity

Novelist Clare Allen on “Poppy Shakespeare,” mental illness and creativity

By Cat Robson. The film Poppy Shakespeare, based on Clare Allen’s novel, takes us down a cinematic rabbit hole into north London’s fictional Dorothy Fish day hospital where the clearly ‘sane’ Poppy, played by Naomie Harris, has been mysteriously committed to a compulsory day-program for the mentally ill. In a psychiatric Catch 22, she must […]

Growing from painful times into creative ventures

Growing from painful times into creative ventures

In her article How to Turn a Negative Experience Into a Positive Way to Make a Living Without a Job, Valerie Young talks about seven people who have found adversity to be a catalyst for new career opportunities, such as Scott Adams who used his “mind-numbing experience in corporate America as the inspiration for his […]

Unlocking Your Creativity - By Brian Tracy

Unlocking Your Creativity – By Brian Tracy

“Creative thinking can be stimulated by two things; intensely desired goals and pressing problems. “Your creative capacities need something to hone in on and your job is to provide it. “To trigger your imagination, write out a clear description of your ideal end result or goal. “Be clear about the goal, be flexible about the […]

Keeping the turmoil in your art - not your spirit

Keeping the turmoil in your art – not your spirit

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” Friedrich Nietzsche That quote by Nietzsche [from the page: Dysfunction / disorder] is a perspective many artists and other gifted and talented people with intense and “chaotic” inner lives may appreciate. But is turmoil necessary for creative expression? […]

Milla Jovovich: "Inspire yourself"

Milla Jovovich: “Inspire yourself”

“As a model, a lot of girls think, ‘I can just show up and be beautiful.’ I always showed up with the intent of, I’m a muse and I will inspire you because I am inspiring myself.” Milla Jovovich was born in Kiev, Ukraine to father Bogdanovitch Jovovich (Serbian doctor) and mother Galina Loginova Jovovich […]

Mistakes Can Fuel Creativity

Mistakes Can Fuel Creativity

How do you think about mistakes or failures? Many of us want to “get things right” and pursue excellence in creative work, but what seems like a setback, error or limitation, can often be valuable for encouraging more creative thinking and innovation. Valerie Young writes about two “mistakes” that resulted in very successful products: Post-It-Notes […]

Developing creativity - SARK on living a juicy creative life

Developing creativity – SARK on living a juicy creative life

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. She is also […]

Is it creative obsession or a disorder?

Is it creative obsession or a disorder?

How obsessive are you? Writer Bertil Hjert asks: “Are you neat? Do you like to keep everything organized, orderly and tidy? While these are great character traits in the normal course for both your work environment and your home environment, they can become confining when taken to an extreme.” From article Do You Want to […]

Pain and suffering and developing creativity

Pain and suffering and developing creativity

“I’ve suffered enough. When does my artwork improve?” Refrigerator magnet from stickergiant.com “Suffering is justified as soon as it becomes the raw material of beauty.” Jean-Paul Sartre The tortured artist mythology is an ancient and enduring notion: The idea that art depends on suffering, and artists are likely to be fraught with suffering and dark […]

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, […]

Embracing Our Creative Abilities and Inspirations as Gifts - Part 2

Embracing Our Creative Abilities and Inspirations as Gifts – Part 2

[Also see Embracing Our Creative Abilities and Inspirations as Gifts - Part 1] This idea of viewing our talents as gifts reminds me of the book “Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon,” by Willem Kuipers. In a section of the book titled “Is it a Gift to be Uncommon?” he writes, “Giftedness refers literally to […]

Be More Creative

Be More Creative

This series of posts on “How To Be More Creative” offers articles, books and other resources on developing creative thinking and innovation, and enhancing our creative expression. My other Creative Mind posts, hopefully, do that as well – but these new posts specifically provide brief excerpts of selected material by other authors that have a […]

Developing Creativity: Max Ehrman; Elizabeth Olsen; Julia Cameron

Developing Creativity: Max Ehrman; Elizabeth Olsen; Julia Cameron

Many artists express ideas about developing creativity that can be helpful to other creative people. Here are a few examples. Max Ehrman From LOVE IS IN THE AEROSOL, Text by Denise Kitt, SOMA magazine. When artist Max Ehrman is not completing privately commissioned works, he is zealously spray painting the walls of start-up companies in […]

The creative experience: intensity or madness

The creative experience: intensity or madness

By Cat Robson. As I discovered over the years in my own interactions with the mental health system, when someone with a creative personality is seen through the eyes of those who have a different temperament, such as scientists and doctors, the result can be mislabeling and misdiagnosis. People who are uncomfortable with extreme states […]

Joe Vitale and Morty Lefkoe on intention versus inspiration

Joe Vitale and Morty Lefkoe on intention versus inspiration

Morty Lefkoe quotes Joe Vitale: “I realize that most intentions are limitations. Intentions come from your ego and can actually limit what is possible for you to receive… “For me, I want inspiration. When it comes, that becomes my new intention. But the intention comes from inspiration, not from limitation. The intention comes from the […]

Creative Talent: Genetics, A Muse, Or Hard Work?

Creative Talent: Genetics, A Muse, Or Hard Work?

How we think about having and developing abilities can have a strong impact on actually using our talents. For example, if we think creative expression has to wait for inspiration from a muse, or that there are only a few “chosen” geniuses with exceptional “gifts” in computer graphics, fashion design, writing or whatever, and think […]

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 […]

Matt Cardin on the Daimon and the Genius

Matt Cardin on the Daimon and the Genius

Matt Cardin is a horror writer, teacher, and musician-composer. Below is an excerpt from Chapter Two: A Brief History of the Daimon and the Genius, in his (free) ebook: “A Course in Demonic Creativity” available at his site Demon Muse – “a blog about the creative daimon muse: what it is, how to meet yours, […]

Myths of Creativity and Creators

Myths of Creativity and Creators

“I just thought making movies was something done by geniuses, and I was very clear that I wasn’t one of those.” Jane Campion When “The Artist’s Way” author and creativity coach Julia Cameron has asked people to list ten traits they think artists have, their responses have included: “Artists are broke,” “Artists are crazy,” “Artists […]

Creativity and Motivational Orientation: The Psychology of Achieving Creative Potential

Creativity and Motivational Orientation: The Psychology of Achieving Creative Potential

By guest author Alexis Bonari The entity of creativity and the ways in which it is successfully brought to fruition have been studied extensively over a significant time period. Even prior to the twentieth century, researchers were fascinated by the psychology of creativity and its manifestation in different individuals. While much has been learned on […]

Where do ideas come from? Malcolm Gladwell reads from What the Dog Saw

Where do ideas come from? Malcolm Gladwell reads from What the Dog Saw

This is an excerpt from the audio book version of What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell, including some of his experiences and anecdotes on finding creative inspiration and ideas. From the Publisher’s Summary : “With his #1 best sellers, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell has reached millions of […]

Driven by giftedness to know more and express more

Driven by giftedness to know more and express more

Others have sometimes labeled my insatiable curiosity as obsession, and my energy and drive to create as mania. Being misunderstood, by ourselves and others, seems to come with the territory of giftedness. Linda Kreger Silverman of the Gifted Development Center explains: Giftedness creates a different organization of the Self. Impossible dreams are realized, unrealistic goals […]

Developing Creativity: Our Stuff is the Raw Material

Developing Creativity: Our Stuff is the Raw Material

One of the enduring ideas about developing creativity is to that creative people such as writers need to “get out of their own way” so they can more freely express their inner experience. It is also potentially a core benefit of counseling or psychotherapy. But what does that really mean: getting out of our own […]