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The subjects of imagination, creativity and innovation continually intrigue me. That's why I was interested in this thoughtful post from Tanner Christensen, founder of Creative Something: The Differences Between Imagination, Creativity and Innovation. Here are just a couple of his points:
"Imagination is about seeing the impossible, or unreal. Creativity is using imagination to unleash the potential of existing ideas in order to create new and valuable ones. Innovation is taking existing, reliable systems and ideas and improving them."
Creativity Plaque - Darlene Koppel
"With imagination, our focus can be on things that are impossible. Creativity requires our focus to be on things that might be possible, but we can’t be sure until we explore them further. While innovation entails being focused on what is right in front of us, something that can be measurably improved in the here and now."
Take a few minutes to read the complete article for more ideas. Then begin focusing on how you use your imagination, creativity and innovation to enhance your art.
The Textile Artist blog regularly offers excellent posts. I recently discovered this post on Breaking through Blocks: Ten Ways to Reclaim Your Practice written by Louise Etheridge. Here are just a few of the points that caught my interest:
"Routines Set You Free. Some creative souls shudder at the thought of a routine, but routines are essentially the route to freedom and to an energized mind....Routines help us by creating habits that don’t need a decision.....And routines are not only fruitful when applied to the day-to-day. Creative routines are a sure-fire way to get your artistic juices flowing. Finding a creative routine will help your brain know that it’s time to start creating."
"Get Some Clarity. Perhaps you have too many choices, too many unfinished pieces, too many ideas. Or perhaps no ideas at all...Gain clarity about what you want to do, what you need to do, to show, to make. Gaining clarity will lead you naturally to your first step....One effective method of gaining clarity is to journal."
"Your Most Important Thing (MIT). The latter is the thing that will help you on the way to where you want to be, artistically. Your MIT could be about producing a work, or exploring a new method, or gaining inspiration from other artists."
Check out the other tips for more inspiration.
If you regularly read my blog, you know that I am fascinated by the topic of creativity.
Today I was looking through my folders when I came across a blog post that I wrote many years ago. I thought that you may be interested in reading it when you are on the hunt for fresh ideas
Filling the Well: Idea Sheet
In her well-known book, The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron tells us that “Filling the Well involves the active pursuit of images to refresh our artistic reservoirs.” Whether we are in a dry spell, wish to jumpstart our creativity, or need a break from making Big Art, stepping back and cultivating some quiet or small art time usually refreshes our spirit. Here are some ideas that I have tried:
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Here's an article that I wrote on the topic of Creative Rituals a few years ago that you may find interesting:
On a daily basis, use creative rituals to open the door to artistic inspiration. Before you begin working on your serious art projects, try setting the stage with one of these ideas:
Take a few minutes to read the complete article for more inspiration.
Via PsychCentral, I discovered this post on 10 Creative Prompts for An Instant Dose of Positivity written by Margarita Tartakovsky, MS. The prompts come from the book, The Positivity Kit: Instant Happiness on Every Page written by artist and author Lisa Currie
Here are a few of the ideas that caught my interest:
Check out the complete article for more ideas
Via LifeHack, I discovered this post on 24 Creativity Quotes to Bring Out Your Inner Artist written by Ciara Conlon.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Check out the complete list for more inspiration.
Here's an interesting article from the Collective Hub on Why Creativity has Nothing to Do With Being Creative. In this post, Bridget De Maine interviews Nicole Velik. Here's just one of the interesting points that Velik makes:
"The trick is to break our familiar thinking patterns. As humans, we want to take the path of least resistance and that often means rehashing old ideas – ideas that worked in the past."
"If we’re rehashing old ideas, we’ll never come up with anything truly innovative. The more you work in the same job or on the same brand or product, it becomes increasingly difficult to come up with fresh ideas."
Take a few minutes to read the complete article.
Via Brainzooming, I came across this article on: 61 Online and Social Media Resources for Motivating People to Create written by Mike Brown. The post was written in 2012 but it still contains many useful ideas. Here are just a few of the suggestions that caught my interest:
Take a few minutes to read the complete article. Then explore the ideas that Brown mentions.
Via the Brain Pickings site, I discovered this post from Artist Louise Bourgeois on How Solitude Enriches Creative Work. The article is written by site founder Maria Popova. This thought especially caught my interest:
"Our capacity for what psychoanalyst Adam Phillips has termed fertile solitude is absolutely essential not only for our creativity but for the basic fabric of our happiness — without time and space unburdened from external input and social strain, we’d be unable to fully inhabit our interior life, which is the raw material of all art."
Take some time to read the complete article for more great ideas. Do you regularly give yourself the gift of solitude?
I came across this inspiring post on the Blacksburg Belle site on 101 Creative Habits to Explore: Add More Creativity to Your Daily Life.
Here are just a few of the ideas that caught my attention:
Make sure you read the complete article for more great ideas. In fact, why not begin some creative habits this weekend.
"Get Someone Else's Opinion: Don't be afraid to ask for help. A friend might mention something that sparks a whole new stream of thought. The more ideas and perspectives, the better."
"Try Something New: Doing things out of habit tends to undermine creative thought; on the other hand, novelty-seeking is associated with creativity (and overall well-being). Even something as simple as taking a new route to work or experimenting with a cool recipe counts."
"Make a Creativity Room: Designate a physical space for creativity in the house and include objects related to hobbies, mementos from favorite memories, and vision boards featuring possible projects. Not enough space? Try a "creativity corner" in a single room. That way, says Mark Banschick, M.D., the brain will get into the habit of being creative every time we’re in that area."
Check out the complete article for more great ideas.
Jeffrey says, "Make space for acting on what matters....Every day is a series of decisions, some small, some monumental. Yet when a thousand thoughts compete for attention at any given moment, the mind’s debris clouds our ability to decide, invent, innovate, and create with any real wherewithal."
"When our mind is crowded, we default to the safest route that requires the least resistance and least energy."
Jeffrey suggests that during your Mind Breaks, you check in with these questions:
Check out the complete post for more innovative ideas.
Via the Huffington Post, here's a post from 2014 that is still relevant: Nine Art Techniques That Anyone Can Do To Jumpstart Creativity.
I especially like the technique suggested by Martin Abrahams, Instructor of Animation at the School of Visual Arts. Here's his thoughts in his own words:
Doodle like a Traditional Animator.
"I’m always encouraging my students to understand the basics of traditional animation and apply them to your personal concepts, style, story or abstract ideas.
"It all starts with drawing. The rough idea of drawings, doodles, enthusiasm and sketches plays such a major part in the process of animation. We begin by drawing on paper and creating a personal stylistic approach, making drawings that move, a flow of story, design, animation principles, expressionistic style and content. The computers are there to make the finished film look colored and composited."
"There is no such thing as good or bad in art …it’s making it better. That's important. Take the principals and most of all give it your signature of personal style. Create images you want to see."
Martin's ideas can be applied to all types of art making. Make sure you read the complete article for more inspiration.
Via The Creativity Post, Scott Barry Kaufman lists Eight Ways of Describing Creative People. He believes "creative individuals are really good at mixing and matching all sorts of seemingly contradictory emotions, ideas, and personality traits to produce something truly original and meaningful." Here are a few of his points that caught my interest:
Creative People are:
Can you see yourself in the above descriptions? For more interesting details, see the complete post.
Via the Tiny Buddha site, I discovered this post on Ten Ways Creativity Can Completely Change Your Life written by Lynn Newman. Here are just a few of the points from the article that caught my interest:
Take time to read the complete post. Then start creating and change your life.
Via the Creative Thinking site, hosted by Michael Michalko, I discovered this insightful post: The Twelve Things You Are Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking. Here are a few of the points that caught my interest:
Make sure you check out the complete post for more inspiring thoughts.
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Do you work messy? If you do, then you may be interested in reading this article, from Canva, on Five Reasons Creative Geniuses Like Einstein, Twain and Zuckerberg Had Messy Desks – And Why You Should Too written by Andrew Tate.
According to the article, "Researchers at Northwestern University found that people in messy rooms drew more creativity and were quicker at solving creative problems."
The post is a great read. Check out the complete article and interesting photos for more details.
Via Issuu, I came across a 35-page synopsis of the book, Change Your Mind written by Rod Judkins. The book reveals tips on how to become more creative at work, at home and at play. The complete book can purchased from Amazon.
Rod Judkins, MA, RCA is an artist and writer who lecturers on creative thinking techniques. He is also the author of the book, The Art of Creative Thinking.
Here's some food for thought for this weekend: Today, I happened upon the post, How to Encourage More Creative Thinking written by Gregory Ciotti. He is the host of Sparring Mind. The article is quite long but there's a lot of good information presented. Here are just a few of the interesting ideas:
Create Psychological Distance - "While it’s long been known that abstaining from a task is useful for breaking through a creative block, it also seems that creating psychological distance may also be useful."
Check out the complete article and determine how you can apply these ideas to your art.
Check out the complete post for more details. You need to scroll down to get to the Ten Tips.
Which of these ideas can you apply to your own art?
Check out the rest of the article for more inspiring ideas. What strategy can you apply to your art today?
Via Fast Company, I came across this article, Unlock Your Creative Genius: Four Steps to Being Provocative with a Purpose written by Ekaterina Walter.
"Wahl says that purposeful provocation should be a part of our personal and professional lives every single day." Here are the four steps he suggests we need to take to inject a healthy disorder to remain progressive:
For more inspiration, read the complete article. And then Become Provocative.
Here's a great quote from Tina Roth Eisenberg, Founder of Swissmiss, Tattly, CreativeMornings, TeuxDeux, & Studiomates
Read the rest of Recap Four and the other Recaps too for some added inspiration. Also, take a few minutes to check out the Swiss Miss blog.
Wharton's premise is based on "Youthful Thinking – being unafraid to try new things and understanding that the best way to learn is to do, fail, fix and learn from that."
Wharton says, "My point for young people is You Have It, Don’t Lose It. For everyone else, it is We Still Have It, We Just Need Reminders." I like Wharton's ideas. I believe as artists we could all benefit from Thinking Young. For more inspiration, read the complete article. And then Think Young.
Founded by the Craft Guru, "iCraftopia was developed to serve handmade artisans from around the world with useful insights, tips, and business resources in an effort to raise awareness and advance the handmade selling industry."
There are many informative articles and cool Infographics on the site. Here's one post, and accompanying Infographic, that caught my attention, 30 Creative Exercises for Increasing Motivation. Here are just three examples from the list.
Take some time to read the complete article. Then check out the site for more inspiring ideas.
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Via Pinterest, I came across this cool site called Unstuck.
Here's a description of the site in their own words: "Unstuck is an in-the-moment digital coach that's ready every time we're feeling stuck. The app helps us see and solve situations with fresh perspective through provocative questions, targeted tips, and action-oriented tools. It's an approach that works for all kinds of issues, large and small, so we can live better every day."
Pictured above is one of their fun infographs, Tip Sheet for Your Creative Stuck Moments. You can download and print the Sheet at their site.
You may also like their post, How to Spark Creativity when You're Feeling Blocked. Four working artists were interviewed to compile this informative post.
Now pour yourself a cup of coffe and take time to explore the site - Lots of good ideas here.
In the Winter 2014 issue of Scientific American Mind: The Mad Science of Creativity, Evangelia G. Chrysikou suggests that “Mental push-ups that shake up people’s typical ways of thinking can help put them in a creative mind-set.” How can you maximize your creativity? Here are some tips from the author:
Read the complete article for more inspiring ideas. Although these tips focus on people in the work world, you can still use these ideas in your own art business.
Source: Your Fertile Brain at Work written by Evangelia G. Chrysikou
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Danielle Krysa, host of The Jealous Curator, has authored an interesting book entitled Creative Block (Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas). Danielle interviewed "50 successful international artists working in different mediums to mine their insights on how to conquer self-doubt, stay motivated, and get new ideas to flow."
If you want to learn more details about the book's contents, check out this great article, 19 Daily Habits Of Artists That Can Help Unlock Your Creativity written by Katherine Brooks for The Huff Post.
Here are just a few of the habits that caught my interest:
Take a few minutes to read the complete article for more ideas.
If you regularly read my blog, you know that I enjoy all things related to creativity. Via the Huffington Post, I discovered this interesting article entitled, 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently written by Carolyn Gregoire.
Here are some of the points that caught my attention:
Do take the time to read the complete article. I know that you will enjoy it.
I agree with Harrison's premise: "Stick to the same routines for too long, and you become stale and boring. Curiosity helps move you into uncharted territory, making life and work more creative and rewarding."
Harrison offers readers five ways curiosity can help expand their creativity. Check out the complete post on the HOW site.
What will you be curious about today?
Via the Fast Company site, I discovered this article, Six Ways to Harness the Power of Daydreaming, written by well-known Creativity expert, Sam Harrison. Although the article is targeted to the business world, I believe it is also helpful to mixed-media artists.
Here are a few nuggets of information that caught my attention:
Make sure you read the complete article for more ideas. Then start daydreaming your way to artistic success.
Thinking back to yesterday's post on the importance of play, I decided to simply play in my Art Journal today. I began working without any goals for my Journal page. I didn't plan or overthink what I was going to create.
I just doodled and painted and ended up with the page that you are looking at now. Valentine's Day must be on mind and maybe that's why I drew hearts. Creating the Journal page relaxed me - and soon I was ready to get back to work on a more serious, mixed-media art piece in-progress.
How about you? Did you play today?
I picked up a recent issue of Scientific American Mind magazine because of its' focus on The Mad Science of Creativity.
One of the articles talks about The Serious Need for PLAY written by Melinda Wenner Moyer. According to evolutionary biologist, Marc Bekoff, "Without play, adults may end up getting burned out from the hustle-bustle busyness that we all get involved in."
How about you? Do you make room for play in your life? Stuart Brown, psychiatrist, offers three ways adults can inject more play into their everyday life:
Brown further suggests, "Try to remember what you enjoyed doing as a child. Translate those memories into activities that fit your current situation." He adds, "Make sure you play by scheduling time in your day for it.
Have you played today?
I especially liked Margaret's advice to Stay Resource-Rich. Check out the complete post for more great ideas.
How do you stay creative?
Take a few minutes to check out Carolyn Edlund's interview about Exercises in Creativity with bestselling author and artist Nick Bantock. He talks about Art, the Creative Process, and Writing his 27th book.
Edlund is founder of Artsy Shark. On her site, you'll find a wealth of articles on The Business of Art.
I purchased this little owl ornament from West Elm. Something about him just spoke to me.
Only later did I realize that he is my talisman for 2014. The dictionery defines a talisman as "an object that is believed to have magical powers and to cause good things to happen to the person who has it." Artists believe in magic, don't you agree?
For me, this wise owl represents: optimistically pursuing my artistic goals, growing my skills and staying on track this year. The latter phrase refers back to My Word for 2014 - Focus.
What talismans do you own? Do you have talismans for your art?
Feed Your Brain
"Creative thinkers love to eat new information, data, stories, etc." For example, Andreas suggests reading "biographies and How-to-books: You´ll find a wealth of new and unique ideas in them."
Store and Archive New Information
"You should possess at least one idea collector and stimulator (shoe box, tablet, file folder) somewhere. As you periodically review your collected material, you will also stimulate your imagination. You'll start to search out connections between your collected data and your present situation or challenge."
Make sure you read the rest of the article for more ideas to enhance your artistic life. Then put them into action for a successful New Year in 2014.
Have you chosen your Word for the New Year?
My word for 2013 was Passion. I pursued my passion by creating art every day of the year. However, since I enjoy mixed-media art, it seems I was chasing down many different paths these past twelve months.
I worked with assemblage art, collage, painting (both watercolor & acrylics), pen & ink drawings, art journaling, paper art, colored pencils, crafts, fiber art, hand lettering. And probably many more art forms that I cannot think of at this moment.
Because I scattered my energies in so many directions, I decided to Focus in 2014. Specifically, my plan is to focus on painting this year. I'll probably still work with other art forms here and there. It seems we artists carry that ADHD force within us. Better yet, I think it is curiosity that causes us to relish and seek out new art forms and regularly experiment.
So I will Focus - and explore too - this year. How about you? What word will you chose in 2014?
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I like to discover and collect quotes - especially quotes on Creativity. Check out the great quotes on these sites:
Pick out your favorite quotes from these sources and then note them down on index cards, your laptop or tablet. You'll then have a ready source of quotes to use in your Art Journal.
I'm submitting this post for the fourteenth day of Art Every Day Month which is related to Creativity.
I like what Drew says about controlling your personal environment: "Creativity demands, at least to some degree, a certain amount of empty space. We need to find a way to give our imagination that blank creative canvas where it can experiment, reconnect, and play around with all of those images and ideas that we have absorbed from the world around us."
I can identify with the idea of cultivating an empty space. Every day, I need to spend quiet time alone to help me generate new ideas for my art - and refresh my spirit.
Take some time to read the rest of this post. Then start generating some Creative Fire Today!
Here is my Art Journal Page for the tenth day of Art Every Day Month.
"Make a Creativity Room. Designate a physical space for creativity in the house and include objects related to hobbies, mementos from favorite memories, and vision boards featuring possible projects for the future. Not enough space? Try a creativity corner in a single room. That way, says Greatist Expert Dr. Mark Banschick, the brain will get into the habit of being creative every time you're in that area."
Make sure that you read the other 35 tips in this article - and then start boosting your creativity today.
Here is my Art Journal page for the fourth day of Art Every Day Month in November 2013.
You may also be interested in this post which Melanie wrote on Ten Spectacular Creative Cures. I think I'm going to try Cure #6.:
Make inspiration cards. Every time an idea or inspiration strikes, write it down on its own note card. Then at the end of each day review your cards and see if you notice a pattern.
In need of a little creative push today? Then read these two posts on 12 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently (Part I andPart II) written by Harish. He is founder of the Launch Your Genius site.
The posts include inspiring Action Tips and Quotes. Here's two of my favorite quotes:
Later, check out this CREATIVITY Call to Action! poster, from Harish, on the sidebar of his site. Next step? Begin creating!
Image from Launch Your Genius site
Make sure that you read the rest of the tips for more great ideas. In fact, why not print them out for future review? I already printed the article.
I was doing some reorganizing and I came across my Creative Whack Pack which was developed by Roger von Oech. I have the original deck of cards. However, you can also purchase the Creative Whack Pack App for your iPad or iPhone.
I shuffled through the deck and came across this card: Do Something To It.
I have been working on some new ideas for mixed-media art projects so this card's message was perfect for me. I've always enjoyed Roger's books and related products - and used them when I worked in Marketing.
Visit his site and click on the link beside his photo and get your Creative Whack for the day.
Need some fresh ideas to pump up your Monday? Then check out this article, 20 Ideas from Creativity Connoisseurs To Inspire Your Imagination written by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Here are two quotes from the article:
Make sure you check out the rest of the article and then put some of the ideas into action for yourself today.