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Artistic Process

Call The Midwife! I'm Birthing A Blog

Tammy Letherer | Posted 08.16.2016 | Arts
Tammy Letherer

The creative process can be painful, exhilarating, rewarding; it can feel beyond my abilities and like the most natural thing in the world.

The Magic of Creativity

Sue Shanahan | Posted 12.17.2016 | Arts
Sue Shanahan

As an artist, I try to honor the muse that guides me. Over time, I've gotten better at paying attention and following its lead.

Making Time for Creativity: The Make Time Clock

Jennifer Edwards | Posted 11.23.2016 | Arts
Jennifer Edwards

Time is essential for creativity. Creativity is essential for generating ideas and innovation. And ideas and innovation are what will drive future eco...

Dreams Take Care of Themselves

Sue Shanahan | Posted 06.08.2016 | Arts
Sue Shanahan

The above painting, captures the innocence of childhood and my love of Martha's Vineyard. I have traveled to the island every summer for the last 17 years. It's hard to write about its splendor without sounding cliche.

Finding Soul in LA: Five Creative Adventures in the City

Roxie Sarhangi | Posted 01.18.2015 | Los Angeles
Roxie Sarhangi

I love taking classes. I love learning. Since graduating college, I've signed up for courses all over LA, from UCLA Extension's writing seminars (they're great!) to improv workshops at The Groundlings (good too!). And I won't even get into all the acting classes I have experienced.

Finding Art in Everyday Life

Alishia Osborn | Posted 10.28.2014 | Arts
Alishia Osborn

Some people just know they are good at something. They find it while they are young, they find it easy and they excel. Not me. I love being creative, ...

What Your Fear Can Tell You About Your Art

Jen Kiaba | Posted 10.22.2014 | Arts
Jen Kiaba

My fear was that in creating truthful work, I would finally be seen and would no longer be able to hide behind a safe facade. Yet when I consulted my desires, that was exactly what I wanted and what had lead me out of that religion in the first place.

Creating Art from Direct Experience

Julie DuBose | Posted 05.20.2014 | Arts
Julie DuBose

It could and has been said that there are two types of artists, those who conceptualize what they experience and want to express, and those who expres...

Guerrilla Tactics, Strategies and Survival Skills For The Fine Artist

Gordy Grundy | Posted 11.09.2013 | Arts
Gordy Grundy

My Design for Living is constantly being amended and it shall never be perfected, but I believe the basic structure shall benefit my fellow artists everywhere. Following is a list of survival skills, in order of greatest importance.

'Dancing Ghosts' Merges Old And New Photo Techniques For Weird Effect (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 08.30.2013 | Arts

When photographer Micaël Reynaud decided to capture long-exposure images, slowing his camera's shutter speed to two seconds and then sequencing the i...

Seeing Red: The Maturity of Artistic Impulses

Gordy Grundy | Posted 07.08.2013 | Arts
Gordy Grundy

I've got a horse but I still think of him as a pony. He certainly acts like it. Red, named for his sorrel color, is no longer young and he's far from old. That's part of the problem. He's getting too old to train, but he's too young to saddle.

29 Artists Talk About Breaking a Creative Rut

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.02.2013 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

Ever get stuck in a rut or find yourself in funk that lasts too long in work or at home or in a relationship? Twenty-nine artists all too familiar with overcoming a creative block share their secrets for breaking free.

Tales From The Autism Spectrum: My Friend AmberDawn...

David Trumble | Posted 01.23.2013 | Arts
David Trumble

The power of art and creativity to illuminate the world for others is not simply a cultural benefit, but also a deeply important tool to help the authors themselves navigate their way through their own emotions, experiences and journeys.

Visualizing A Dancer's Efforts

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 08.06.2012 | Home

In 1952, legendary choreographer and dancer Merce Cunningham defined a dancer's ecstasy as "the possible gift of freedom, the exhilarating moment that...

The (Other) Little Death

David Kudler | Posted 07.25.2012 | Home
David Kudler

There's a point in most hero tales where the hero (or heroine) has to face a death -- either real or metaphoric. It's only after this death that the hero can reach his or her potential -- can become truly a hero.

An Oil Painter's Process

Tad Spurgeon | Posted 07.21.2012 | Arts
Tad Spurgeon

As an oil painter, I had always been interested in the craft of the materials. But after fifteen years of painting, it began to seem like I was workin...

Three Tips for a Career in Creativity, From Multidisciplinary Artist Lisa Ferber

John Sanchez | Posted 05.21.2012 | Arts
John Sanchez

Lisa Ferber, a New York City artist, shares three tips for staying prolific and successful in launching and sustaining an artistic career.

What Artists Have to Say About Intuition

John Seed | Posted 03.11.2012 | Arts
John Seed

Intuition is such a crucial, essential ingredient for artists. I recently asked a number of my art world Facebook friends about how the role it plays in their artistic process, and their replies were diverse and insightful.

Matisyahu's Spiritual Evolution And What It Means For Us

Gabe Crane | Posted 02.15.2012 | Religion
Gabe Crane

While there are limitations in drawing conclusions from our celebrities' lifestyles, Matisyahu's choice does represent an important development in the underlying psycho-spiritual evolution of our time.

Old Friends for Sale

John Gascot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
John Gascot

Most of us are familiar with the old adage "If you love something, set it free." This is not only a lovely sentiment but also a constant practice for artists.