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The 18 Habits of Highly Creative People

Share & Inspire Others!<p><b>The Challenge:</b> Some of us think we’re just not the “creative type”. <b><br>The Science:</b> There is no “type.” <b></b>Creativity comes about in …

Yes, Creativity Can Be Learned

<i>You either have it, or you don’t.</i> Or so the myth goes.When we think of creative geniuses, it’s hard to ignore the likes of Mozart who composed his …

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What creativity is really about

Creativity is important not merely for what it can do for us, but what it requires <i>us</i> to do in order to experience it.The flash of insight you get …

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10 Questions Every Art Teacher Should Ask

• Posted by croland<p>One of my goals this coming school year is to infuse more contemporary artists and artworks into my classes for both graduate and …

In Praise of Melancholy and How It Enriches Our Capacity for Creativity

<i>“One feels as if one were lying bound hand and foot at the bottom of a deep dark well, utterly helpless,”</i> Van Gogh wrote in one of his many letters expounding his mental anguish. And yet the very melancholy that afflicted him was also the impetus for the creative restlessness that sparked his …

Multi-layered Illustrations by Gaia Alari

Multi-layered Illustrations by <b>Gaia Alari</b><p>Our Quarterly boxes are now $50 $30. The next box will include a hardcover photobook of <b>Brandon C. Long</b>’s Polaroid photography and one lucky subscriber will receive a Polaroid camera and a pack of Impossible film: <b>quarterly.co/art</b>

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‘Make your head home’

How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow

<i>“Art is not a thing — it is a way,”</i> Elbert Hubbard wrote in 1908. But the question of <i>what</i> that way is, where exactly it leads, and how to best follow it is something artists have been grappling with since the dawn of recorded time and psychologists have spent decades trying to decode, outlining the …

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KQED

<b>By Cevin Soling</b><p>How do we promote creativity in schools? This is one of the prevailing concerns of many progressive education reformers. From a …

How Art Can Save Your Soul

<i>“Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness,”</i> British philosopher Alain de Botton wrote in <b>Art as Therapy</b> (<i>public library</i>), one of the best art books of 2013. He expounds the premise of the book in this fantastic “Sunday sermon” from The School of Life — the lecture series de Botton founded in …

The Creative Cleft: Joyce Carol Oates on the Divided Self and the “Diamagnetic” Relationship Between Person and Persona

<i>“I am more interested in human beings than in writing … more interested in living than in writing,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote when graciously declining being profiled in <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> in 1946, an act of resistance against the tendency of such cultural reportage to flatten out a creative person into a …

The 10 Stages of the Creative Process

The question of what creativity is and how it works will perhaps remain humanity’s most unanswerable — but that hasn’t stopped us from trying. On the heels of Neil Gaiman’s recent reflection on the subject comes one from filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, founder of the Webby Awards and daughter of the …

Mark Rothko on the Transcendent Power of Art and How (Not) To Experience His Paintings

Between January and July of 1956, a pivotal point in art when abstraction and realism confronted one another in a particularly fierce conflict and fine art was exorcising its ambivalence about the “organic” and the “formal” on canvases the world over, the celebrated writer, poet, critic, and public …

Anaïs Nin on Love and Life, Illustrated

I believe that most things worth knowing about life can be learned from the sixteen volumes of diaries that Anaïs Nin (February 21, 1903–January 14, 1977) began keeping at the age of eleven and continued until she died at seventy-four — things that have to do with why emotional excess is essential …

Alice Walker on Creativity

To wonder what creativity is is among the chronic perplexities of the human condition. We’ve dissected its four essential stages, outlined its five steps of idea-production, and expounded theories about how it works. And yet the nature of creativity eludes us, perhaps because somewhere between the …

John Steinbeck on the Creative Spirit and the Meaning of Life

A decade before he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, <b>John Steinbeck</b> (February 27, 1902–December 20, 1968) wrote <b>East of Eden</b> (<i>public library</i>), which was eventually adapted into the 1955 film of the same title starring James Dean and which Steinbeck originally addressed to his two young sons. (The …

Advice from Artists on How to Overcome Creative Block, Handle Criticism, and Nurture Your Sense of Self-Worth

<i>“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,”</i> Chuck Close scoffed. <i>“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood,”</i> Tchaikovsky admonished. <i>“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too,”</i> Isabel Allende …

Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Crucial Difference Between Success and Mastery

<i>“You gotta be willing to fail… if you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far,”</i> Steve Jobs cautioned. <i>“There is no such thing as failure — failure is just life trying to move us in another direction,”</i> Oprah counseled new Harvard graduates. In his wonderfully heartening letter of fatherly …