Posts Tagged 'creativity'

7 Characteristics for Creative Growth

When people are asked if they are creative, the answer is generally a resounding YES or a resounding NO. The reality is that many of us fall somewhere in between, because while Creativity is a capacity we all have, it is one that is developed over time. Much like Motor Skills are developed over time, so are the cognitive-emotional skills of Creativity.

Below are 7 Characteristics that can be nurtured and strengthened for enhanced creativity.

  1. Courage:

    It takes a brave person in this ...

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The Mirror of Creativity

The Mirror of Creativity

Although Alexander Papaderos was not the kindergarten teacher of Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Fulghum tells the story Papaderos shared with him at a two week seminar on Greek Culture that illustrates the mirror of creativity.

Papaderos pulled a small circular mirror from his pocket when asked by one of the seminar attendees, “what is the meaning of life?”

He proceeded to explain that when he was a small boy ...

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Clarity from Creativity

How can Creativity give me Clarity?

Traditionally, people think of creativity as a means of process to an end toward a final product – a piece of art, a music score, a completed poem, etc. Once the product is finished, we tend to disregard the remaining power in creativity.

Creativity can actually lead us to clarity, about ourselves. Approaching creativity as a life-process instead of just a product-process can give us insight into our very own essence. An Art Making Practice is ...

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The Stuff of Creativity and Why It’s Important

Capital A Art vs. The Stuff of Creativity

Art. Capital A Art sounds stuffy and uptight, but by simply removing the y from stuffy, we get stuff and amazingly stuff is not stuffy.

Capital A Art has baggage – the hushed proper silence of museums, the perfect gilded frames, and of course Art critics. Ee gads.

Capital A Art is often heavily guarded, illegally reproduced and plagiarized, and looked at down bespectacled noses. If it’s being admired, it’s often only in hushed reverence ...

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Alcohol Inks and Creative Flow

How I Found Alcohol Inks

I discovered alcohol inks on accident. I was looking for “betun de judea,” a medium used for giving a variety of works an aged look or patina, for the embossed metal I was working on. Popular in Mexico, betun de judea is often sold in the craft stores alongside the other tools for repujado (repousse in French), otherwise known as embossed metal in the United States. Embossed Metal - Michele Jennae Continue Reading →


Cognitive Reboot to Cure Creative Block

Get Past Creative Block With A Cognitive Reboot

Creative block feels like the death knell to your artistic and other creative pursuits and projects, especially if you work under deadlines.

While many things can contribute to a creative block, including feeling tired, overwhelmed, underwhelmed, ill, unorganized, or misunderstood. But one reason we rarely stop to consider is our own self-talk.

According to Psychology professor Robert Boice, who does cognitive work with writers experiencing block, wrong thinking, or negative self-talk, is a primary cause of that ...

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The Book of Nothings – A Different Way to Journal

A Different Way to Journal

When you keep a journal or try to record ideas, are you bound by expectation?

Write within the lines.

Spell correctly and use proper grammar.

Use complete sentences.

Fill at least 2/3 of the page.

Journal or free-write for at least 10 minutes.

Write what you know.

These are among the many “rules” we are given for writing, some of which are instilled in us from a very young age by our teachers in their relentless struggle to mold our use of language. ...

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Imagination to Enhance Creativity Beyond Knowledge

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

Imagination Enhances Creativity

Necessity is very often the mother of invention, perhaps knowledge the father, but imagination is the midwife.
Creativity can happen when you make connections between your subject and something that is totally unrelated. Imagination fills in gaps in the information before you and leads to new ...
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The HEART of Creativity

Authentic Creativity and Emotions are inextricably linked.

The more I study creativity, the more I see that it is in essence a psychology or study of the human psyche.
Expression means “the action of manifesting a feeling.” Creativity is material expression. Material in the sense that it can be experienced (witnessed) by self and others.
Even the seemingly feeling-less creativity of problem solving carries with it feelings of pride and the desire to be helpful.
One might reasonably assume from historical accounts that the ...
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