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Month: May, 2013

Anne Lamott

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Here a link where you can find out more about Anne Lamott: Anne Lamott on Wikipedia

Anne Lamott at the Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, 2007, youtube:

Natalie Goldberg

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Here a link to the website of Natalie Goldberg: Natalie Goldberg Website

From the website:

Natalie Goldberg is the author of Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The Writer Within (1986), which broke open the world of creativity and started a revolution in the way we practice writing in this country. The book has sold over one million copies and been translated into fourteen languages. Since then she has written nine other books, including the novel Banana Rose. Natalie is also a prolific painter. Her book Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World, describes painting as her second art form. Her lively watercolors are exhibited at Ernesto Mayans Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico and you can see her paintings on this website. Top of My Lungs (Overlook Press), contains forty poems, twenty of her paintings in color and an essay, “How Poetry Saved My Life.” 

Natalie has been teaching seminars in writing as a practice for the last thirty years. People from around the world attend her life-changing workshops and she has earned a reputation as a great teacher. The Oprah Winfrey Show sent a film crew to spend the day with Natalie for a segment on Spirituality that covered her writing, teaching, painting, and walking meditation. She currently lives in Northern New Mexico.

40 Inspiring Workspaces of the Famously Creative

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Here a blog link to the inspiring workspaces of some famous writers and artists, from BuzzFeed: Famous Creative Workspaces

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Georgia O’Keefe, painter

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Alexander Calder, sculptor

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Virginia Woolf, novelist

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Willen de Kooning, artist

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Jane Austen, novelist

 

Some Inspiration

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Here a blog link to a “14-Year-Old Photographer’s Amazingly Surreal Self Portraits”: My Modern Met Self-Portraits

From “My Modern Met”:

We’re always big fans of up-and-coming teen photographers here on My Modern Met, but 14-year-old photographer Zev (aka fiddle oak) has got to be one of the youngest talents we’ve ever come across. The Natick, Massachusetts-based teen photographer’s portfolio exhibits skills beyond his years.

Zev manages to present a variety of techniques in his collection of images that lean towards the surreal in his self-portraits, which also overlap with his ongoing Little Folk series. A common theme in these works is to play with size ratio. By shrinking himself down for his imaginative photos, Zev takes the viewer along on a magical journey of rediscovering the world around us where blades of grass stand at equal height, a leaf can be used as an umbrella, and an acorn makes a suitable seat. His self-portraits also show just how young he is, making it all the more astounding that he’s capable of producing such quality pictures.

Gaining attention for his creative images matched by his youthful age, the adolescent photographer has already had the opportunity to collaborate with one of today’s masters of surreal photography, Joel Robinson. Zev has proven to be one photographer to keep an eye on.

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Elizabeth Gilbert on TEDTALKS, “Your Elusive Creative Genius”

Here a very inspiring talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love, about nurturing creativity:

Welcome students!

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Welcome to MUM’s Creative Process class. In this course you get to spend lots of time with your very own Muse. The course is structured to help you get back in touch with your inner creative self, which is naturally available inside of you all the time and at any time if you learn to trust that it is there and if you access it to draw from it. As the writer Brenda Ueland said: “Creativity is like a faucet. If you don’t turn it on, nothing comes out. But if you turn it on, it flows.”

The main textbook in this class is The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Here you can read more about her: Julia Cameron on Wikipedia

This is a link to her personal website: Julia Cameron Live

And this is a link to a derivative site, 750words.com, which was started by an artist who wanted to make doing the morning pages more fun for everyone: http://750words.com/

Use this tool to help you with your morning pages if you wish!