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How I Found My Right Brain Inner Artist as an Adult

Updated on April 6, 2015
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Paula Atwell is a freelance writer with WriterAccess, webmaster, member of Pinterest Party on FB and the owner of Lake Erie Artist Gallery.

How I found my right brain inner artist as an adult
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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

My story

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.

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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.

Review:

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.

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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.

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Painting: autumn woods | Source

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.

Review:

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.

Review:

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?

Yes.

Yes.

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    • Paula Atwell 4 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @Adventuretravels: Sounds fun. Kids do change a lot in your life, don't they? :)

    • Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

      There's no doubt that the happiest moment in my life was when we had our son. That's when I rediscovered myself, I have never looked back and I can't really remember what life was like before him. My wife feels the same. We are very happy with our 12 year old - and with each other of course! I have always been into art and painting - travel and photography -music -we're just total art freaks in my family!!

    • christylsalas 4 years ago

      Absolutely!

    • krislu lm 4 years ago

      By writing Kindle books for children, I have found something I truly love doing! This is a beautiful lens! Liked it and commented. Would love for you to visit my lens! Thank you ! Kristie

    • Paula Atwell 4 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @drawfantasyart: It does seem like we need to rediscover ourselves from time to time.

    • Wayne Tully 4 years ago from UK

      Yes I have discovered myself after many times trying to find myself when I was lost....if that makes sense...sometimes I think that a map would be helpful, but I suppose that is part of the fun of life!.....Been painting a lot lately and that's been fun to try and be expressive with that....

    • justmelucy 4 years ago

      An easy yes, as I have been damaged due to some severe physical, mental and emotional abuse. I was born with a creative gene thanks to my mother and was encouraged to grow and bloom. Due to a recent harmful situation, my garden of creativity withered. Now almost like being born again, I am using my right brain to sow seeds of creativity and reaping my true self.

    • dpgibble 4 years ago

      First time on the Web I did a google search and found myself. Been running ever since....

    • Paula Atwell 5 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      @BarbaraCasey: Well, it sounds like you are using it to good advantage. Good luck Barbara.

    • BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      For me, it's writing rather than art. And it took a small stroke to shake things from the left to the right side of my brain.

    • Fantastic Voyages 5 years ago from Texas

      Pretty much. It took awhile for me to decide what I wanted to do.. but when I did, it turned out great!

    • nelchee 5 years ago

      Yeah, I had the struggle when I was a teenager lol :) now I'm content with my life and where I'm heading. I know I might change my mind in the future, and my priorities will likely change as I start a family life, but now I'm all about being artistically creative.

    • Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I did, and left a corporate job in 1995 to get back to art. I've been happy making art for a living since then. That saying, do what you love the money will follow is genuine.

    • vkumar05 5 years ago

      I feel I am still struggling. This Lens will help. Thanks so much.

    • curious0927 5 years ago

      Inspiring, gut wrenching! I so want to re-discover my passion and create something I love. So many books! I cannot decide which to start with. In college, I won a place in the yearly magazine with pencil drawing of stuffed taffeta material of many colors, glued to a board. It took a full semester as the Professor required we build it and use a huge piece of paper and prisma colored pencils. We had to use tiny circles with the pencils to get the shading correct...It still hangs in my house. I got a job from an Artist who saw it in my Mother's home years ago. Now, 3 children later, 2 in College and fresh out of my full time job to 2 part timers, I absolutely need to get creative. It's easier when things are going well to get creative and produce greeting cards that look good. I did that a lot while raising the kid's on my own, just for me. I've got lot's of supplies, now I need to find that inner self and get working/creating! Please help, I can only afford one book at a time, which one should I choose first? Thank you for a great lens. You changed how I feel today. Blessed. Now, you have been blessed by a Squid Angel! TY

    • SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Yes. I went from being a Ph.D. Chemical Engineer to being a poet and bird photographer. That's like going from one corner of the Universe to the other. (And I'm still moving outward.)

    • waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      Imagination important both in Arts & Science.

    • fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      I actually enjoy helping people out, but I don't like getting paid to do it like i am now. I just enjoy doing it because i can not because i have to.

    • yano jl 5 years ago

      I walked away from a career with AT&T - I was just not happy there and knew there was something else for me.... I was right!

      Excellent Lense. 1 SquidLike for you

    • CreativeExpress 5 years ago

      Yes, and I'm finding this lens at the perfect time for my journey. Thank you for sharing--it's a wonder-filled lens!

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      • Wakerra LM 4 years ago

        I think I know myself, but either I'm wrong, or God sees a different potential side of me. I know what I enjoy, I am an artist myself, I love ceramics, video games, writing short literature from time to time...I'm extremely creative and expressive, yet, as much as I am right brained, I'm nearly equal to left brain (color personality test came back strong Yellow, with 2-3 points away being tied with Blue) I'm really good on the computer, I pick up on things quickly, I'm a very logical thinker and analyze situations to find solutions to problems. Though I can't say I "enjoy" it as much, it seems to come naturally. Its these abilities that God seems to be showing me I can use to help others, and possibly where I'm needed while on this earth. Drawing and being creative might have to be more of a side hobby for me, but I enjoy it all the same

      • LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

        I have to say no. As a child and teen I was told I had a great talent for drawing and I used to sit a draw for hours...certain things happened in my life and I stopped. I've yet to take it up again. Thanks for inspiring me to reconsider.

      • Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

        No, not yet really. Still tryin'...

      • dirkthedog 6 years ago

        I think I have the indecision gene! I can't make up my mind because I might find something better. Or maybe that's me!!!!!! Well--thanks for the encouragement.

      • tienlove 6 years ago

        Both my grandmother and mother are artists so I grew up in an environment where creativity was the norm. I was always drawing and painting in my mom's studio and she gave me endless freedom to express myself. I remember one day when I was about 5 my best friend and I completely covered ourselves from head to toe in marker - we drew on every bit of skin we had. Her mother was irate! And my mother looks at us and goes, "Awww! How wonderful, they're being creative!" I was not only allowed but endlessly encouraged to express myself and so it has always been easy for me.

      • Wanda Fitzgerald 6 years ago from Central Florida

        I'm going to have to say no. I think I'm in the place that you were years ago when you just weren't quite happy. I'm a tax accountant and contrary to popular belief there is no creative tax accounting ;-) I'm doing a lot of looking around on the internet and a bit of writing - hence Squidoo - and I like it but it's going to take a lot of practice to consider myself artistic. This is a good lens for inspiration though. Thanks.

      • thepartyanimal2 7 years ago

        I am still trying - I think I am at that time in my life that you wonder where you should be. Life takes so many turns we never expect.

      • draik 8 years ago

        I am still struggling. In fact, I have been thinking seriously what am I going to do next year. I am trying to make myself go back to the rat race which I hated but there will be more money.

      • Sojourn 8 years ago

        I think I'm in the middle of the struggle. How many times do we hear "do what you love" but we're pressed to find a job that keeps us clothed, fed, and warm and it's extremely difficult to line up the two.

      • hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

        i have to say i am happy where i am on my journey, but i feel as if i haven't yet quite found my life's bliss... but i'm close!

      • Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

        I'm still trying to find myself. I'm not sure I ever will. I had several paths to consider entering into adulthood and I often feel like I chosen the wrong one. As far as the artist, it is in my families blood. I don't consider myself as an artist, but I am creative. I need to find my inner child.

      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.

      Review:

      Coaching the Artist Within: Advice for Writers, Actors, Visual Artists, and Musicians from America's Foremost Creativity Coach
      Coaching the Artist Within: Advice for Writers, Actors, Visual Artists, and Musicians from America's Foremost Creativity Coach

      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

      Journal Revolution: Rise Up & Create! Art Journals, Personal Manifestos and Other Artistic Insurrections

      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

      Review:

      "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

      Review:

      "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!"

      Sark's New Creative Companion: Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit
      Sark's New Creative Companion: Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit

      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.

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          MikeMoore LM 8 years ago

          Wow! Great lens. I really, really enjoyed it. 5* for sure!

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          Joan4 8 years ago

          I was delighted to see "The Artists Way" featured on your lens. I received the book for Christmas and am totally enjoying the exercises and trying to get into the 3 pages a day habit! Great recommendation!

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          Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

          I love these ideas! Creativity is so important to me, but I can find fulfillment in simple ways -- learning to cook a new, complicated thing (latest accomplishment pita bread), making lenses here at Squidoo, learning how to use my fancy camera and taking pics, sketching with my daughter. I have to be creative, but maybe my drive is not like yours -- to become a fine artist. Nevertheless, the creative urge is there. Isn't it neat how we all express it in our own ways? I love imagination!!

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          Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

          Congrats on this 200th lens. It is the best in 5stars in many ways.

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          Sarunas 8 years ago

          Great idea of lens. I enjoyed it. :)

          5* from my side.

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          Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

          Congratulations on your 200th lens! I agree 100%, if you don't get that creativity out, it eats at you. Every time I've ever put "being creative" on the backburner, I wind up getting burnt out and return to creativity. Excellent work.

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          cappuccino136 8 years ago

          200 lenses is a huge accomplishment! Congratulations. This is a great lens to celebrate that. Creativity and art should be a part of everyone's life in some way.

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          Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

          This lens has it all - and gives so much. Perfect. Starred and blessed. Reviewed on SquidLog.com.

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          Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

          I am impress. 200 lenses. I responded to your question above, but I guess it didn't take. Unless you have to approve it. Great less on the inner child.

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          three c86a4 8 years ago

          I think it's really important to enjoy what you do and be creative as an adult. Great lens!

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          I read ChefKeem's review of this lens on Squidlog and had to read it myself and am so glad that I did. Wonderful and inspiring!

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          RuthCoffee 8 years ago

          I'm no artist for sure, but I do have a creative side I suppose. I was certainly imaginative as a child. Probably my biggest struggle in my career was simply boredom...doing the same thing over and over. I often changed jobs hoping to find more excitement but that wore off pretty quickly. The less routine, the better.

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          luvmyludwig lm 8 years ago

          wonderful lens!!! I am going to spend some more time on it also.

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          jipock 8 years ago

          Great Lens! 5*****

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          tdove 8 years ago

          Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I have been meaning to drop by this lens for ages now and was reminded to do so by MiMi's Lens Reviews. This really is an excellent lens and struck an inner chord with me. To suppress your inner creativity, whether it is through art or writing, is to invite trouble.

          This lens has inspired me so much that it has given me an idea for a blog post - thank you for that and of course the "idea generator" will be credited.

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          Sensitive Fern 8 years ago

          This is my favorite of all your lenses. All the books make me drool. I feel like I've stepped into your studio for a cup of tea. 5*

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          EpicFarms 8 years ago

          What a wonderful lens! I can totally relate, having only recently allowed my "creative monster" to come out of the closet (er, so to speak :o) I am now creating madly, and couldn't be happier! 5* for an excellent lens.

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          kohuether lm 8 years ago

          Even though I am relatively in touch with my inner artist, I STILL have trouble letting it surface. There's always something "productive" to do and art sometimes feels secondary. I know deep down that this isn't good and it also isn't true...

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          Patricia 8 years ago

          This is a great lens! I love it!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          great lens

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          Sam 8 years ago from Australia

          Great lens! Lots of amazing graphics.

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          sittonbull 8 years ago

          This is a great lens Paula i.e. a decision that requires inspiration, determination and courage to make and it's good to see it work out to be fulfilling and successful! I'm here by way of Mimi's blog also (doesn't she do great work?!) Wish for you continued success and fulfillment along with stars and a favorite and lensrolled to my Inspiration lens.

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          Leanne Chesser 8 years ago

          This is a great lens! Terrific job - 5 stars from me!

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          AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

          Great lens. Thanks for the info on quilt art.

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          AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

          What a wonderfully inspiring lens. It is so true that we don't always continue artistic pursuits into adulthood. I rediscovered a love of art when I started homeschooling. I was told I couldn't draw when I was at school so never really tried again for many years. Now I really enjoy art projects with my children. Angel Blessings to you.

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          Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

          I'm glad you followed your heart and found your calling, Paula. We are all richer because of it!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I really enjoyed reading this. Very inspiration, particularly being an artist myself. I also saw some books here that I'd like to read. Thanks!

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          Rusty Quill 8 years ago

          Nice work on this lens. As an on again off again artist it is good to find inspiration where ever I can - especially since I'm in the off stage for my "real" art at this time (concentrating on other creative pursuits though). But I do think creative people whether they think they are artists or not are always creating, even if that is only at night in their heads.

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          fotolady49 lm 8 years ago

          Nice lens 5*****......I'm part of the way through "The Artist's Way" it is inspiring, I have to get back to it....

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          Tarra99 8 years ago

          Great lens ...loads of inspiration...my muse often takes long vacations. Hopefully in the near future during a less busy time I'll be come reaquainted with her and rediscover my inner artist :o)

          Thanks for the inspiration.

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          hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

          awesome lens. just what i need. i grew up with academics as the focus and my creative side sort of withered. but i am developing it slowly and surely since my daughter entered the scene.

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          Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

          This is a very thoughtful and inspiring lens and I'm sure it will make many people think about their own lives and what is missing in the way of expressing their own creativity.

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          Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

          I have used my creative side for years to encourage children to create but have only recently allowed myself the pleasure. I have discovered ways of bringing nature into my home, filled the walls with collage and learned a bit of Feng Shui. After reading your lens, however, I feel that I have only taken a baby step. You have inspired me to take a giant leap. I wonder where that will take me?

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          Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

          A thought provoking lens. I used to work as a floral designer, which I loved and it gave me a creative outlet. Now that I no longer do that, I don't really have an "art" outlet. Still looking...

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          Jan T Urquhart Baillie 8 years ago from Australia

          Thanks for all this thought-provoking content.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          We can't do it all ourselves! - Lake Erie Artists is way cool!

          You don't promote yourself and that is a sweet find, and that

          will shine through! :)

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          Sojourn 8 years ago

          Not only a beautiful lens to look at but inspirational, too. Really well done!

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          dvirtualist 8 years ago

          this lens really brings out the artist in me!! mega inspirational!! thank for sharing your brilliant insights mam.

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          DoraArtDesign 8 years ago

          I've struggled with the Mom vs Artist thing for quite a while. Here and there I have been able to carve out pockets of time for my art and I write about it in my lenses. I also suggested The Artist's Way in my Amazon list, now it's time to actually read it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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          Nathalie Roy 8 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

          Unfortunately for me, the stick man must have eaten any artist hiding near me!

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          julieannbrady 8 years ago

          I am still debating how to answer your duel question as I had discovered my inner artist self a few years back, but seem to have rediscovered my inner self through Squidoo -- rather like getting in touch with myself and expressing it to others through my lenses.

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          tcinvestor 8 years ago

          This is a great lens to share with some of my past clients. These retiree's will find some good inspiration and guidance. Thanks.

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          ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

          I toyed with the idea of majoring in art when I was in college. There are times when I've regretted it. I still draw, but I've given up painting. I'm mostly into crafts now.

          Thanks for sharing, and thanks so much for the angel blessing on my Cooper's Hawk lens. I appreciate it.

          Lizzy

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          Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

          For me, it wasn't so much the visual arts but creative writing. I'd loved to do that as a child. That and be outdoors. But I'd stopped writing for the most part and, for all intents and purposes, stopped doing any major hiking for years. Then somehow--I'm not really sure what did it--I realized that I was longing to do both. So I made big changes and got back on track, starting when I was 26. It took some trial and error along the way, but 14 years later I think I've got things well-balanced and feel like I'm doing what I love.

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          jodijoyous 7 years ago from New York

          My grandma took up painting at age 50 (after being told as a child that being an artist was unsuitable). I've toyed with it now and then, but haven't really focused. You're making my fingers itch for some charcoal pencils.

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          Christene-S 7 years ago

          Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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          Bambi Watson 7 years ago

          Wonderful lens!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          What a fabulous lens! One of the best I've ever seen and very germane to my life and tons of people should be reading it. So glad you posted it in the forum. I'm going to rank it, favorite it, and lensroll it. Wonderful work.

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          myraggededge 7 years ago

          I love the books you have spotlighted, I have several and want the rest! This is lovely and I'm going to feature it on my Zentangle lens.

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          amy1980 7 years ago

          Beautiful. I'm bookmarking this so I can look at the books later. The art quilt one looks especially promising to me.

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          oztoo lm 7 years ago

          Wonderful and inspirational lens Paula. I think everyone is creative one way or another, whether they realize it or not. Some interesting books here. Thanks 5*

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          kimmanleyort 7 years ago

          This is officially one of my very favorite lenses. I certainly have been discovering my inner artist as an adult. You have listed some great resources here and I really appreciated your personal story too.

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          thepartyanimal2 7 years ago

          I like to think I am very creative and one thing I cannot stand is when someone says " I am not creative" drives me crazy - everyone has it in them. As the saying goes - Art is in the eye of the beholder. With my party planning I help parents find that creativity - I think it is more fun to make your own decorations and such. This is so well written. You have been Blessed by The Party Animal. Party On....

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          Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

          I still love this lens. Blessed!

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          andreaberrios lm 7 years ago

          WOW Beautiful art! Congrats on your purple star! 5*

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Congratulations on that pretty purple star. I just dropped back by to congratulate you and to bless this great lens.

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          Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

          This certainly got me thinking. Your story is an inspiration- cngratulations on your pruple star!

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          InsideGuideToLondon 7 years ago

          Hey - good lens - I came to this via a thread in the forum about few visits - so I'm surprised as it warrants many. I taught drawing to adults several years back - using the book - Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - by Betty Edwards as reference. It's very useful if you'd like to improve your technique, but are convinced that you 'can't draw'. (I have no affiliation with the book or author - it's just good).

          Enjoyed the lens - faved, 5 * and congrats on your awards

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          I loved this lens when I first visited but I wasn't an Angel then ;)

          You'll be pleased to hear that I am finally doing more creative stuff amd have just started experimenting with some Art software. So now I anticipate fighting my girls for the PC because they can't wait to try it out too!

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          Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

          @anonymous: Thanks AJ. Creativity always creates, therefore you and your girls will create a solution. :)

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          religions7 7 years ago

          Great lens, but you knew that :) Just wanted to remind you that this is featured on the Spiritual Growth and Development Group: http://www.squidoo.com/groups/spiritual-growth

          It's now transformed into a lensography and I would love it if you could feature it here, or lensroll it or something.

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          ulla_hennig 7 years ago

          Thanks for this lens! I need such lenses like yours to remind me not to give up my art activities. I've neglected photography during the winter, and my brand-new set of watercolor pencils is still unpacked.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Fantastic lens! It is very inspiring to me. I've added it to the lensroll of my latest lens on connecting with your inner child and the movie How To Train Your Dragon. Thanks!

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          Marelisa 7 years ago

          Great lens! I'm a big fan of Eric Maisel, as well as SARK and Julia Cameron. Have you read "The Artist Within: A Guide to Becoming Creatively Fit"? It provides easy exercises for awakening your right brain.

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          BarryKrost 6 years ago

          A lovely collections of great information. Wonderful.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          How brave you were to embrace the inner artist in you. It took courage to look within yourself to figure out what would make you happy. Ringing my little Squid Angel bell with a blessing for your courage and growth.

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          Paula Atwell 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

          @anonymous: Thanks Bev. It definitely was a struggle, but with a positive result.

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          tssfacts 6 years ago

          Great article. It let me know that I am making progress and will arrive to where I want to be and then go from there.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          For me it was music that I gave up to fit into the grown up world. I loved playing the flute but it wasn't a realistic career path in my parents' eyes. I haven't gotten a new flute yet so I sing to let my inner muse come out to play.

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          kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

          Outstanding! Thanks for putting this all together!

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          JJNW 6 years ago from USA

          This is a lovely and inspiring lens! Thanks so much!

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          Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

          Was scoping out the level 51 folks and had to take a peek. I love this lens. Very nicely done. Have fav'd. :)

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          Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

          What right-brained creative soul wouldn't LOVE this collection of food for the inner artist! Faved & lensrolled.

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          kimmanleyort 6 years ago

          This lens has special meaning for me and I love to revisit it. Today, for the first time, I can also give it a SquidAngel blessing.

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          Darla Dixon 6 years ago

          Thank you for sharing your story, keep making your beautiful art and sharing your vision!

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          gypsyman27 lm 6 years ago

          Your thoughts are very interesting, as I am an artist as well. Great lens, see you around the galaxy...

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          gypsyman27 lm 6 years ago

          I think this is a thought provoking lens, as an artist, I like it! See you around the galaxy...

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Nice to see like to write on theme like this and sharring useful info

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          Joy Neasley 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

          I really loved reading this lens.

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          Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

          You have created an amazingly well-rounded path toward finding one's inner artist. Bravo!

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          MamaRuth 6 years ago

          I really enjoyed reading this lens. What a great job you did of weaving together lots of interesting concepts.

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          tienlove 6 years ago

          This is a wonderful lens!! I've lensrolled this one into my professional artist lens. Great job.

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          GreenfireWiseWo 6 years ago

          Great lens. Thank you.

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          dwnovacek 5 years ago

          I am in the process of recovering my "creative self." This beautiful lens has been very inspiring and helpful. Thank you, and Angel Blessings!

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          Fiona 5 years ago from South Africa

          Great lens - some good ideas to try out. Thanks. Blessed

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          fugeecat lm 5 years ago

          This is really great lens. The collection of books are great!

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          Todayhaspower LM 5 years ago

          Awesome lens, consider it liked. :)

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          DivineOpenings 5 years ago

          I love this!

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          JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

          Thanks for this thought-provoking, inspirational lens ... nicely done.

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          Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

          I like the provocative tone of the lens. Thumbs up!

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          cdevries 5 years ago

          A very interesting Lens - thanks. Staying creative can be a challenge, but indulging the inner little kid can also be a lot of fun.

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          Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

          Fantastic lens! So much inspiration here. If we lose creative expression we lose a piece of our real self.

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          Fantastic Voyages 5 years ago from Texas

          I started reading this page because I've always wished I was more creative. You've now given me the tools to help me on my way. Thanks!

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          SophiesWords 5 years ago

          This is a beautiful, inspiring lens! I've been struggling to find my way to creative fulfillment for a while now, and there are some wonderful ideas here. Thank you!

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          AceofHearts 5 years ago

          Gosh, I really feel like I'm on the right path after reading your articles. Thanks for the great lens. I feel inspired to create more.

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          BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

          Inspiration for the journey... plus practical tools to get on with it. Great lens!

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          CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

          You have gathered awesome resources for finding the right brain inner artist. Thanks for the information and for the positive and encouraging feel of this lens.

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          justmelucy 4 years ago

          Great Super Lens. Thank you for sharing. I read the Artist's Way along time ago and need to reread. I love Sark. I sketch, paint, journal, carve, sew, crochet, cook and more. I love to reinvent old into new and use the unpredictable in useful ways. I have recently joined Squidoo and love it too. Your lens is very informative and encouraging.

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          siobhanryan 4 years ago

          Blessed-Brillant and interesting

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          LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

          Great lens. Thanks for the journey

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          uneasywriter lm 4 years ago

          Great topic! Thanks

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          karMALZEKE 3 years ago

          Well done!

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          flycatcherrr 3 years ago

          This is such an important topic! In all the hustle and bustle and stress of life, day to day, it is so terribly easy to put the creative side on hold for "later" or "when I retire" - in favor of "productive" (read, money-making) activities. But a person really does need both sides to be active, to have a full life and become fully realized.

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