Month: April 2013

Your Whole Self and Your Artist Self

arts_a_head2What is the relationship between your whole self and your artist self?

This is a tremendously important subject because you want your whole self to be the monitor for all your self-identifications — Jew, woman, Bostonian, painter — so that you don’t become drawn in directions you don’t want to go just because something happens that pulls at one of those self-identifications.

An Interview with Eric Maisel – Author of “Making Your Creative Mark”

MakingYourCreativeMarkEric Maisel is the author of Making Your Creative Mark and twenty other creativity titles including Mastering Creative Anxiety, Brainstorm, Creativity for Life, and Coaching the Artist Within.

America’s foremost creativity coach, he is widely known as a creativity expert who coaches individuals and trains creativity coaches through workshops and keynotes nationally and internationally.

Be Creative – Even If You Think You’re Not

creativityLike many of you, I grew up thinking I was not very creative.

Even now, my drawing of you would be about the same as my first grade stick figures. In college, I took art for elementary teachers and learned the mechanics of drawing and attained the “grease monkey” drawing level.

My results were the same in sculpting, ceramics, chalk, paint and every other medium. I could imagine something creative but could only express it in a very rudimentary and child-like form.

What Every Manager Should Know About How to Think Creatively

A Whack on The Side of the HeadYou may have heard of Roger von Oech’s book, A Whack on the Side of the Head: How to Unlock Your Mind for Innovation.

It’s as much fun to read as its title suggests. It covers the ten common obstacles to creative thinking. It’s about ways in which you can unlock your mind for innovation, for change, for more interest, or even for a career change.

Mr. Von Oech writes about the time when his English teacher in high school put a small chalk dot on the blackboard and asked the class to tell him what it was.

Painting With Grandma & The Importance of Creativity

creativity playWhen I was a kid, my Grandma would take me on adventures.

Painting adventures.  Creative adventures.

She would transfer a picture on a giant rock and my job would be to paint it.

I remember my favorite one was a picture of a Poppel (remember those fun stuffed toys from the 80’s?) It was a purple Poppel; the rock was painted gray and we stenciled the word “Welcome” onto it and placed it near our front door.