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Elizabeth Barrett Browning on the Dangerous Myth of the Suffering Artist and What Makes Life Worth Living

A beautiful clarion call for making creative work “the filling joy of your life” no matter how difficult the cards you’ve been dealt.<p><b>Elizabeth Barrett Browning</b> (March 6, 1806–June 29, 1861) surmounted an uncommon share of adversity to become one of the most influential writers of the past two …

Poetry

5 Things No One Tells You About Going Full-Time Again

As a freelancer, you’ve been growing your personal brand, stretching your skillset, and shipping projects. But something is off. You’re wondering …

Freelancing

Ideacide: The Perils of Self-Censoring (And How You Can Stop It)

It’s one thing to reject the ideas of others…we do that almost automatically. But when we reject, deny, stifle, squelch, strike, silence and …

Psychology

Take Back Your Weekends (and Leave the Work at Work)

Weekends aren’t what they used to be. And it’s become a serious problem.That’s the message of Katrina Onstad’s new book <i>The Weekend Effect</i><i>: The</i> …

Productivity

Here Are 10 Art Doppelgängers That Will Make You Think You’re Seeing Double

Art World<p>Have you found your art historical twin yet?<p>,<p>Imagine yourself wandering the halls of your favorite museum when suddenly you see it—a …

Art

How to Write: A Seven-Step How-To Guide for Writers Who Don’t Feel Like Writing

I haven’t written much lately, at least not personally. Most of my day is spent writing in an office which may explain, at least in part, why I’ve …

Writing

Science Shows How Creativity Can Reduce Stress

When you're stressed out, try writing a song. It can improve your health.<p>Earlier this year, we grew anxious and distressed with how immigrants were being targeted with inflammatory rhetoric and discriminatory policies. But, instead of taking to the streets to protest with anger, we got busy by …

Creativity

10 reasons why creatives should start working with a pen and paper

Have you thought about the effect technology on your creative work? Maybe you should. Over the years, as agencies connected our desktops to the …

Creativity

Who Painted the First Abstract Painting?: Wassily Kandinsky? Hilma af Klint? Or Another Contender?

<i>Kandinsky, Untitled, 1910</i><p>Many painters today concentrate on producing abstract work — and a fair few of those have only ever produced abstract work. …

Art History

The Edit Photo Button: Brilliant Photoshop Tool Can Transform Any Image into a Masterpiece

Has anyone ever told you that you're cheating when you apply any post-processing to your image after the initial capture of that image? Well, the …

Photography

The Best Hobby For Increasing Your Brain's Performance

Singular Sound is helping the masses increase their gray matter, increase creativity, and performance with the help of 300 drummers.<p>When I was a young kid, I played a lot of sports. When I was ten, my father told me that no matter how highly I achieved in my sports career, playing football and …

Inc. Magazine

Science Says We Get Less Creative as We Age. Prove It Wrong by Doing 1 of These 3 Things

To be more creative, we have to teach ourselves to think like kids.<p>When I was seven, one of my childhood friends got a whiteboard in her room. Much like the closet to Narnia or Platform 9, we saw this whiteboard as the key to unlock our imaginations. We used the white board to design our dream …

Creativity

The Surprising Ways Your Side Hobby Can Wind Up Helping Your Career

Yes, that includes your anime obsession.<p>Copywriter. Designer. Illustrator. Filmmaker. With how competitive the world has become, it’s no wonder why we’re obsessed with titles.<p>Focusing on a speciality makes you more appealing to employers and shows clearly where your skills lie. It’s easier to focus …

Creativity

Doodling Isn't Just Something You Do When You're Bored--Science Says It Helps You Brainstorm

Finally, a reason for all of those random masterpieces you drew during your last meeting.<p>Were you one of those kids who had pages on pages of class notes along with nonsensical doodles in the margins? No judgment if the kid in you still does that today. Turns out, you may be on to …

Creativity

Mindfulness and Creativity: Do They Mix?

Sara SchairerHave you ever had a light bulb moment—a time when, out of the blue, you had a brilliant idea? Maybe it was a new solution to an old …

Mindfulness

The Power of Deep Thinking: Essence of Creativity

True or False: “This sentence is false.”What was your answer to the question above? Did you quickly fire off an answer or did you have to think about …

Critical Thinking

5 Weird Signs You're More Creative Than Average

These "negative" characteristics are actually signs of high creativity.<p>Everyone wants to be creative, and why not? Who wouldn't want to dream up a world-changing business idea, best-selling novel, or hit pop song. But here's a more difficult question for you: would you like to live day to day life …

Creativity

5 Unique Alternatives To A Vision Board If You Don't Have Time For Arts And Crafts

Vision boards are awesome and all, but take it from me, you don't need the traditional version of the craft to be inspired. In fact, you can make it …

Productivity

Swiping Boredom Away May Be Killing Your Creativity (According to Science)

Why you need to embrace boredom to capture brilliant ideas and get deep work done<p>I was hosting a dinner the other night for neighbors, and the subject of boredom came up during our conversation. One of my guests, an engineer and an entrepreneur, mentioned he has trouble sleeping because he can't …

Creativity

How to Make a Realistic Shallow Depth of Field Using Photoshop

In this 20-minute tutorial by PiXimperfect, learn how to use Photoshop to create a realistic bokeh effect in your photo. Creating a shallow depth of …

Tutorials

25+ Works of Art Inspired by the Grit and Glamour of Cities Around the World

Artists regularly find inspiration from their surroundings. While nature is often the focus, the urban environment also provides a never-ending fodder for creativity. This is both formally, from its outward appearance, and conceptually, as the hustle and bustle of everyday life is distilled into a …

Art

Can 10 Minutes of Meditation Make You More Creative?

In more and more occupations, creativity is part of the job description. Whether you are trying to reconcile conflicting stakeholder priorities, finding a solution to a customer’s issue, or launching a new product line, your solution probably won’t come out of a textbook. But it’s hard to keep …

Mindfulness

Our Favorite Fine Art Inkjet Papers: These Papers Will Help You Make Gallery-Ready Photo Prints

Inkjet printmakers now have a range of printing paper options that go well beyond the wildest dreams of darkroom printers in terms of size, surface, …

Painting

The art of messy sketching

Even an old music sheet can be used as a canvas.<p>Sometimes the most powerful artworks are unfinished sketches.<p>As you sketch, your rough ideas, …

How to Significantly Improve Your Drawing & Painting Skills is the Shortest Time by PhilDavies

Most people approach learning to draw or paint in the wrong way.<p>They assume that by simply drawing or painting more and more pictures they'll …

Painting

The 7 Best iPhone Apps That Turn Your Photos Into Drawings

Apps that turn photos into drawings offer a wonderful way to get more creative with your iPhone photography. With a simple drawing filter you can …

Tutorials

Try This Fun Strategy To Get Unstuck At Work

I recently attended a figure drawing class as a form of professional development. I took it not because I aspire to draw naked ladies for a living (though that would be fun), but specifically because I’m not an artist.<p>Shutterstock<p>Prior to signing up, I’d been grappling with the inner critic in my …

Drawing

Learn How to Use Photoshop, InDesign And Illustrator With This Online Course

Become a graphic design pro.<p>Although we've all used Photoshop, or an equivalent at some point, most people have barely scraped the surface of what …

Graphics

How Crosshatching Creates Tone in Your Drawings

Crosshatching is an extension of hatching, which uses fine parallel lines drawn closely together to create the illusion of shade or texture in a …

Drawing