How I Found My Right Brain Inner Artist as an Adult
Has Your Right Brain Inner Artist Been Left Behind?
How many of us create all kinds of art as children, then stop developing our artistic right brain muscles as we mature into adults? Children are taught how to do many art projects because art projects are considered appropriate activities for children. Sometime in our teen years, most of us are directed away from artistic right brain learning. We are told to buckle down and get serious, to take classes that will help us find a career.
So we do. We take all of the required academic classes to graduate from high school and college, and find a job in our field.
I Was Not Happy Doing What I Thought I Wanted
This is the story of what happened to me. I found a job as a buyer in electronics, then was promoted to electronics sales. I got married, had two children, and was in the middle of an average life as a working mom when I realized that I was not happy. I was doing what most people do, taking care of my family, working, and volunteering from time to time. And I was not happy. It was a revelation to me to discover that even though I had what I thought I always wanted, I was not happy doing all of those things.
What Was I Passionate About?
My right brain creative side was my passion
It wasn't that I was unhappy. I loved my family. My job was okay. But, with all of that in place, something was still missing. I decided to give up the volunteering to really think about what it was that was missing from my life.
Over the next few months, I thought back to what I had given up over the years that I loved to do. What was it that I was really passionate about?
How ironic is it that in the business world today, so many of us are asked to think "outside the box". We are often required to "be creative" or think creatively. We are asked to flex the "right brain" creative muscles.
Yet the academic training for this, those art classes we give up in elementary or secondary school, are just the training we need to learn to think outside the box.
Taking Flight: Inspiration And Techniques To Give Your Creative Spirit Wings - Stretch Your Wings * Learn to Soar * Take Flight
In Taking Flight, you'll find inspiration by author Kelly Rae Roberts in putting together your own mixed media materials. This is definitely a book you will want to collect.
Kelly Rae Roberts' book arrived in my mailbox today, and I haven't put it down. Like many books of this genre, it's inspirational, but then there's more: there are exercises which help you tap into your own creativity. There are interviews with other artists which describe how they tapped into their own creative spirits. But the best part? Beautiful, fully-illustrated how-tos, to help you take and learn the techniques of all of the artists featured, so that you can incorporate them into your own art.
How Do You Discover Your Inner Artist as an Adult? - What are the steps to rediscovery?
How do you discover your inner artist as an adult? As a child, it is so easy to create. As children, we are not afraid to try something new, to use colors in unusual ways. We learn to conform.
Conformity is necessary for many parts of our lives. But a true artist learns to look at things in different ways. It is my belief that the leaders in all fields succeed because they have the confidence that only a true artist has. They retain or relearn the ability to look at the world in unusual ways, and then produce from that point of view.
Everyday Creative: 30 Ways to Wake Up Your Inner Artist - Wake up the right side of your brain
Award-winning creativity coach and therapist, Eric Maisel, offers the A Little Every Day Deck series to help readers develop a more centered, creative, intelligent life. Use the deck of cards to explore your creative roots. An excellent resource.
About the Author
Eric Maisel is a therapist, creativity coach, and award-winning writer. He is the author of more than 20 books, including The Van Gogh Blues, the 2002 finalist for Books for a Better Life Award; Affirmations for Artists, named Best Book of the Year for Artists by New Age magazine; Fearless Creating; A Life in the Arts; and Sleep Thinking. Maisel lives and practices in San Francisco, California.
The Force Behind Our Creativity
Creative thinking is a skill
Our inner artist is the force behind our creativity whether that is creativity of thought or creativity of production. We need those skills that we learn in art class to be the best in any field of endeavour.
What I was missing in my life was art. I had forgotten how much I loved to take art classes, to create. In my own case, I needed to actually make things with my own hands to feel happy. Since that time, I have rediscovered my artistic abilities and make a living as an artist. But all people have that artist inside them. It is not necessary that a person actually be a talented visual artist. What is critical is that all of us learn to express ourselves creatively in some fashion.
An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers - Art inspires us
An Illustrated Life offers a sneak peek into the wildly creative imaginations of top illustrators, designers and artists from around the world through the pages of their personal visual journals. Popular visual journalist and author Danny Gregory reveals how and why keeping a consistent, visual journal leads to a more fulfilling creative life. Designers and artists working in all mediums will find creative inspiration from these insightful interviews and stunning examples.
The key is to find what makes YOU happy. Not your husband, or your parents, or your children, but YOU.
How do you discover your inner artist? - Rediscover the right brain side of yourself
It starts with thinking. For some of us, that is something that we can do on our own. Others need some coaching. I recommend taking some time each day away from your normal activities when you will not be interrupted to think about what makes you happy. What is it that you are passionate about? Is there something that you have given up over the years?
Are you just following a daily routine because it is your routine?
There are lots of ways to experiment with creativity. You can take workshops or classes to find something that you love. In the process, you will meet people and try things that you most likely would not have done before.
You can read books that will coach you in finding your inner artist. A classic one is The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.
You can start a journal and write down your thoughts and experiences.
The key is to find what makes YOU happy. Not your husband, or your parents, or your children, but YOU. It is often difficult to separate ourselves from all of the roles we play in our lives. But discovering the artist within yourself is all about you. Artists in some ways are purely selfish. They create from the ways they process the world themselves, and have to rely on their own impressions. To find your inner artist, you need to relinquish your outside roles for a time, and just be yourself.
The Artist's Way
Developing your creative expression
This book has shown time and time again that it is the best on the market for this type of exercise. No artist or creative person should be without it.
I heard about this book a few months ago and was very sceptical at first. As more and more people around me started with it, I became curious and bought myself a copy. It was the best decision I have ever made! I am in week eleven and I can safely say that this book has changed my life, completely.
It has taken the South African performing arts scene by storm and everyone I know who has read or is busy reading The Artist's Way feels the same way I do! Apart from the fact the the book contains so many truths, what makes this book such a pleasure to read is that it is so well written.
If you are in doubt and you need just that little bit of encouragement, if you know deep down inside that there is an artist in you, that feels neglected or that you haven't yet discovered, take the plunge and start a wonderful journey! If you are a lawyer, accountant or a mother taking care of your family at home, don't be discouraged or misled by the book's title, it is for you too!
It Can Be Hard to Find Yourself
But don't give up
It can be hard to find yourself after all the years of trying to fit in, but if you keep practicing you will succeed. Looking at the world in an artistic fashion is a skill that can be learned. And just like any other skill, it becomes easier with practice.
Finding your inner artist is definitely worth the time that you invest. You will learn a lot about yourself, and may even change your life.
The New Creative Artist - Reach higher levels of creativity
Great for painters, this book is not one to be missed. Step by step how-to's and lots of help will get you started. Excellent reference.
The New Ceative Artist by Nita Leyland is a very useful addition to the library of any painter, regardless of the medium he or she uses. It is especially good to read when you go through that period that every artist experiences, when you feel you have lost your essential creativity and feel you have nothing to say.
The book is particularly good for its treatment of the Elements and Principles of Design...Nita is clearly a fan of the late Ed Whitney and her explanation of his favourite subject is very well done - it would be ideal background material for a tutor who aims to show her class how essential this topic is to produce good graphic art. I really liked the Activity list attached to each section of the book.....the person who owns this book will never be at loss for something new - whether it be in the area of realist painting or of abstraction and everything in between.
Well done Nita - a well produced practical book for both beginner and advanced painter.
Have You Had the Struggle of Finding Your Inner Self?
Have you rediscovered yourself along life's path?
Coaching the Artist Within: Advice for Writers, Actors, Visual Artists, and Musicians from America's Foremost Creativity Coach - How to encourage the creative s
If you cannot find your own coach, then this book is a great help. As you go through it page by page, you will find a lot of helpful coaching that you can use to bring out your creative side.
This book is amazing. I'm not halfway done and it's aready changed my worldview in significant ways. For most of my life I've been a blocked artist suffering from depression. Other creativity books emphasize the usual: become confortable with making mistakes, be disciplined and persistent, we could all create freely if we could just let go of our fear of judging ourselves and being judged by others. This book goes much deeper, to the very root of the issue: meaningfulness and meaning-making. The "why bother?" of the creative process.
Art Journal to Spark Your Inner Artist - Art journaling has become an art form that anyone can participate in
When you think of journaling, do you think only of the written word? This book challenges that thinking, just as a real revolution challenges convention. As a follow-up to their best-selling debut, Visual Chronicles, authors Linda Woods and Karen Dinino liberate the artist within by inspiring you to rant, whisper, beg, stomp, or sing your truths. 300 color illustrations show how common household items can be employed to reflect the full range of emotions to create your own brand of edgy, urban journaled art.
Primers on paints, inks, pens, pencils, stamps, brushes, and papers help you simply and inexpensively explore your untapped creative possibilities with a vengeance. Easy projects include Fauxlaroids, a fresh, yet retro way to use photos in your journaling. For example, sand a photo with a nail file until its weathered image perfectly matches your hazy memory. Another project is Me: Undecorated.
Artists are encouraged to revel in their uncensored feelings. Then there's the project, The Best Goes On, which is your life soundtrack, your personal CD covers. If your journal pages don't seem to reflect "the real you" because they're too "pretty," this book gives you the freedom to use crooked lines, dripping paint, and torn images to depict the ever-spinning world that represents reality for most human beings. With honesty, humor, enthusiasm, and encouragement, Woods and Dinino help you capture your truth and beauty, as well as the frenzy that's singing (or screaming) inside! Author - Linda Woods, Karen Dinino. Paperback. 128 pages. 9" x 9".
Collage Journeys: A Practical Guide to Creating Personal Artwork
Collage Journeys: A Practical Guide to Creating Personal Artwork
Collage can be more, much more, than just cutting and pasting. It can be a wonderful art form and a means of self-expression. Collage Journeys presents a series of innovative workshop assignments, each designed to relate the technique and format of a collage to its subject.
Gathering materials, generating ideas, painting with paper, working in layers, using text, keeping a visual journal-project by project, new collage skills are explored. Stunning finished pieces offer additional ideas and inspiration. For anyone who has ever wanted to take collage to the next level-adding meaning, subtext, and style-Collage Journeys offers the journey of a lifetime.
Chi and Creativity: Vital Energy and Your Inner Artist - Creativity and Eastern thought
"Chi and Creativity"--an exploration into new frontiers through an authentic, modern-day shamanic practice. This book offers practices with far-reaching healing power for life enhancement. Elise and Kaleo Ching blend the healing aspects of Taoist internal alchemy, Chi Kung, guided imagery, and art. They demystify, reveal, and ingeniously combine esoteric teachings that have never been put together into one book."
Sark's New Creative Companion: Ways To Free Your Creative Spirit - Sark has some amazing creative discovery books
"SARK's work is so delightful. She brings out the creative child in all of us. I have loved SARK and her work since the moment I met her."
"Wow! I loved the first copy she wrote and Sark has outdone herself again! Creativity is where it is at. Dream your dreams and they do come true. An inspiring mind elevator!"
We all need reminders that it’s little things that make us feel really alive & those small actions and subtle gestures that can potentially lead to great moments of magic and joy. Unfortunately, we’re so frequently occupied with day-to-day responsibilities and commitments that a mere moment of magic often seems miles away.
In SARK’S NEW CREATIVE COMPANION, you’ll discover insight and suggestions for creating everyday magic in your life no matter what your everyday surroundings. You’ll find stories, poems, and exercises that provide inspiration, self-reflection, and discovery & all cheerfully handwritten in SARK’s trademark style and embellished with her vibrant illustrations. From treasuring yourself and others to living artistically and free, SARK’S NEW CREATIVE COMPANION will open your heart and your mind, and remind you that it’s never too late to kindle or rekindle the loving and creative spirit within.
Freeing our expression
I hope that you find that using your right brain frees up your ability to express your emotions and yourself. Enjoy the journey.