Thursday, May 20, 2010

Nurturing Creativity

In my search for inspiration I discovered this 2009 video on of Elizabeth Gilbert and the subject of "Nurturing Creativity". Elizabeth is the author of one of my favorite books, Eat, Love, Pray. Her talk is about (and I quote)" the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk". The talk is almost 20 minutes long, but I believe it is worth it. I worked on a mixed media piece while I listened. I smiled, was inspired and could relate to so much of what she said. Elizabeth gave me permission to keep on creating the weird pieces that I have been creating. Not sure what is up with my muse, but I am going with the flow. Olay!

A footnote: one could spend hours watching videos on TED, and another one I enjoyed is Amy Tan's video as she explores the creative process. This videos really needs to be watched rather than just listened to as she has a clever Power Point presentation


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  2. Hi Kathy!Interesting comment, would love to know more. I'm not a writer and my blog attests to that, but I agreed with her from my art experience. I'm kinda wonky anyway :O)

  3. I recall listening to the Elizabeth Gilbert TED presentation and finding many points of inspiration and truth...I may be one of the few people on the planet that has elected not to read 'Eat,Pray Love' ;-) so her information felt fresh and feisty...I'll check out the Amy Tan video over the weekend...thanks for the share Eva!
    May your search continue to uplift you!!

  4. Hi Merci, I know a few who chosen have not read EG's book. It may not be a great work of art, but it was a fun read and came at a great time for me.I shared her love of Italy. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Dear Eva,

    I appreciate this link and shall look at the video in full, coming at a time when I am in the process of rediscovering my own creativity, working on a few new paintings in which I am trying to explore the ideas that have lingered in my mind for many months.

    Thank you for sharing and I wish you a wonderful weekend,

  6. Egmont, So nice to see you commenting again as you always have a unique perspective. I hope that your health is rapidly improving! Looking forward to seeing some of your new work if you are so inclined to share it. I spent last evening checking some of the links in your "The Directory" blog. It's really a treasure chest! Good Job!


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