Posts Tagged creative minds

Inspiration from the Uninspiring

Hauptweg und Nebenwege (Main Path and Side Paths)

Greetings, Becca’s readers! Thanks for letting me share creativity with you today. And many thanks to Becca for inviting me here! Her blog is a source of weekly inspiration and thought-provoking challenge, so I feel honored that she’s asked me to share some inspiration in return.

A Creative Journey and a First Step

As some of you might already know, I grew up in Germany and attended German schools. My last two years of “high school,” I was part of an art program that required 3 hours and 45 minutes of classroom work (5 class periods) per week. It was intensive, challenging, and explosively inspiring.

Explosively? Well, in the sense that, within a few weeks after the first class met, my brain was exploding with new, creative ideas. I hope you read Becca’s recent post about left and right brains; let’s just say that these art classes pumped a gazillion watts of energy into my right brain!

A few weeks into our third semester, our teacher, Herr Ripp, took us on a day-trip to Köln (Cologne), about two hours by train from our city of Darmstadt. We got to do some sight-seeing, which was fantastic — but the main reason for our trip was to visit an art exhibit on Swiss-German painter Paul Klee. The exhibit featured several of his works but focused on his famous Hauptweg und Nebenwege (Main Path and Side Paths). This was the painting Herr Ripp really wanted us to see. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guest Writers: Courtney Cantrell

Courtney Cantrell, Photo Credit Julie V. Photography

This week I am pleased to welcome a dear fellow Creative to share some of her own inspiration. Courtney, the Vice President and Head of the Writing School within the Consortium, has a passion for creating. She has been writing since second grade and completed her first novel at age fifteen. In 1999, she graduated from Oklahoma Christian with a BA in English/Writing. To date, she has written eight novels, one of which will be published this spring. Plan to pick up a copy of Colors of Deception, available at April 2011.

Courtney’s talents transcend writing. An artist from birth, she’s been painting even longer than she’s been writing – as far back as she can remember. In college she discovered her medium of choice: oils.

On Thursday, Courtney will share how one artist’s work transformed her own method of painting, inspiring her when she least expected it. Come back to find out who that artist was – and to catch a glimpse of some of Courtney’s awesome work.

Until then, check out her blog at to whet your appetite.


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Left or Right? (Brain)

Judah as Mario and Chi as Luigi

I have three children. The youngest is still an infant, but the other two are old enough that their personalities have really started to blossom. In some ways they are two peas in a pod, but in others they are completely different. Judah, 6, is my right-brained, dreamy imaginer. Malachi, 3 (soon to be 4), is my left-brained, focused, logical problem solver. They both take after me, but in vastly different ways. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Heritage of Creation

Over the holidays, our immediate family went to Kansas City, Missouri to visit some of the extended family. The weekend was calmer than our typical visits and I was pleased to get to see and spend time with more people than I usually do on those whirlwind trips, and more importantly, on an individual level. Read the rest of this entry »

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The War of Art, Part 1: Resistance

There comes a time in your life when you reach a crossroads.  You have a task/painting/manuscript/project in front of you.  You know that it is within your power to push forward and accomplish it… and yet…

I’ve found myself in this place so many times I get frustrated every time I think about it.  While working on my Master’s thesis, I was introduced to a simple yet profound book that helped me cut through the crap and accomplish what I set out to do.  Today, I share a few wonderful bits with you from… Read the rest of this entry »

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Creative Minds Unite

Tanya Barber

Artistic endeavors are often solitary projects.  We sit alone with our… (choose your own instrument of expression)… and we seek to purge our souls of whatever has been fighting to be set free.  We work feverishly (or leisurely) to create and at some point declare our creation “finished.”

However, sometimes it just doesn’t feel finished.  We can look at it sideways, upside-down, and backward and not be able to explain why it isn’t exactly finished.  We just know it isn’t.  It is at this point that it is time to put our work before others. The tricky thing about doing that is in the choosing of whom to show our “precious.”  We can show our family.  Mom and Dad are always going to love it… mildly ego-boosting, but ultimately unsatisfying.  Significant other will tell you that they like it and are proud of you… even if they have no idea what they are looking at.  No…  It is not until we put our work in front of others who speak our creative language that we can feel that the feedback we receive is trustworthy and/or helpful. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guest Writers

For me, being inspired is all about looking outside of myself. Even when I dig deep inside to search for inspiration, which shovel I use is influenced by someone else. “No man is an island” and Creatives need others. This is why I’ve asked a few like-minded friends to share what inspires and motivates them to be creative. I’m always anxious to glean whatever I can from other artists’ stories.

I’m excited to introduce you to a few of my long-time friends and fellow creative minds. They are kindred spirits.

Tanya Barber has a well-rounded creative background including graphic design (bachelor’s degree) and theater (master’s). She’s taught and directed countless students in the realm of theater. She’s one of two authors of Puget Pants, a site about moving from the Midwest to Seattle and their experiences therein.

Amanda Jump is a Creative who’s dabbled in a bit of everything from drawing to writing to photography. She’s currently plugging away at a novel and also working towards a degree in either Visual Communications or Print Journalism. Her blog, Ecclesiastes’ Daughter, explores ideas from scripture and spiritual insight to encourage and provoke thought. Her other blog, The Jump, AD covers her art and her life as a newlywed.

Expect to see guest posts from these authors (and more to come) on Thursdays, when available. This week kicks it off with an article about finding your fix: Creative Crack. And don’t forget to hop over on Tuesdays for the next part of my journey to find creative inspiration.

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