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Posts on creative inspiration & passion, and ideas about the Muse / the Muses, and the Daimonic.
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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Intuition - real/unreal, helpful/risky?

Intuition – real/unreal, helpful/risky?

“Back and forth, we must switch between intellect and intuition, between rational, objective knowledge and embodied paradox.” That quote is from the book Radical Nature: Rediscovering the Soul of Matter, by Christian De Quincey, PhD. – in my post Intuition: powers and perils in which I also quote from the article Intuition or Intellect, by […]

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 […]

Unconscious decisions and intuition: Tim Burton and neuroscience

Unconscious decisions and intuition: Tim Burton and neuroscience

Much of what we do, including our creative motivation and work, comes from or is strongly influenced by subconscious aspects of our mind – our intuition and shadow self, among other concepts. In an interview about his films including the “Alice in Wonderland” (with Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp), director Tim Burton commented about his […]

Stephen Dorff on working in "Somewhere"

Stephen Dorff on working in “Somewhere”

“I find mimicking and accents and makeup the easiest kind of acting to do… “You can turn me into a woman, give me some heels, I can do that. I can find the voice, etc. “But just sit me on the sofa? If I’m acting at all in those scenes, it unravels the movie that […]

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 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? [The image, by the way, is “Bond of Union” […]

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 […]

Author's glow: David Sheppard on creative inspiration and objectivity

Author’s glow: David Sheppard on creative inspiration and objectivity

As a writer in the middle of my first novel, I experience swings from enchantment to disgust with my work. Falling in love with your writing can be as inspiring, and as delusional, as falling in love with a person,. These shifting perceptions aren’t just exclusive to writers. In his post The Psychology of Creativity […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

Video: Developing Creativity posts & sites

Video: Developing Creativity posts & sites

  .. Related links: Maya Angelou: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – From the info page about my Developing Creativity newsletter. [Photo: Winona Ryder as writer Jo March in “Little Women.”] Related site: The Inner Writer The Creative Mind sites:  website  |  Facebook Self esteem beliefs – […]

Art Every Day Month

Art Every Day Month

Lessons From Art Every Day Month Life and biz insights from keeping a regular creative practice By Jennifer Lee, Artizen Coaching – The Right-Brain Business Plan and more [From her newsletter] Sure, it may sound melodramatic when I say that doing Art Every Day Month in November 2007 really did change my life, but I do […]

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.” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]