Friday, December 16, 2011

Nuturing Creativity

After being away from the easel for more than a week, I know I need to get back or some how I will loose my "muse."  Serendipitously at this time  I was told about TED talks and found this great video that spoke to me.  Have you every created a painting that when finished you wondered if your hand was governed by someone other than yourself?   Maybe this could explain what is really happening when we create.  Elizabeth Gilbert of the book, Eat, Pray, Love, gives one possibility of this idea of genius and creativity.  Weigh in on your thoughts.


  1. I LOVED this! I think the idea of sharing responsibility with the "genius" is so freeing. It then makes getting up and doing your job a little easier, especially when things are just not clicking at the easel. Thank you for sharing this!

  2. I totally agree. My "head" seems to defeat me when I'm trying to pull together ideas. Now when I talk to myself I can say I am talking to my genius. Thanks so much for taking the time to share. Happy Painting.

  3. What a great clip! Thanks for sharing it. I like the idea of this genius being a separate entity and when she visits you enjoy and when she doesn't don't despair... the image of pulling her by the tail was great.
    Living up to this expectation, whether it being simply making the choice to make art or continue to create after extreme success, brings up FEAR. It's the thing that can paralyze us. Make us crazy.
    As a preventative method I think I will start talking to my "genius and give her a name.

    Happy new Year Deborah!

  4. I loved hearing from you. I still have "studio envy." Yes, I think naming this genius entity is a great idea. Anything we can do to help defeat fear and negative thoughts is worth a try.

    Happy New Year and enjoy your beautiful working space.

  5. I really enjoyed that. Thanks for sharing!


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