ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Education and Science»
  • Psychology & Psychiatry

How I Found My Right Brain Inner Artist as an Adult

Updated on August 23, 2017
Paula Atwell profile image

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
How I found my right brain inner artist as an adult | Source

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.

Vivid peacock
Vivid peacock | Source

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.

Colorful textiles ready for market
Colorful textiles ready for market | Source

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.

Painting: autumn woods
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?

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.

Any Last Words? - What can you add to the discussion?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • flycatcherrr profile image

      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.

    • karMALZEKE profile image

      karMALZEKE 3 years ago

      Well done!

    • uneasywriter lm profile image

      uneasywriter lm 4 years ago

      Great topic! Thanks

    • LynetteBell profile image

      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Great lens. Thanks for the journey

    • siobhanryan profile image

      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Blessed-Brillant and interesting

    • justmelucy profile image

      justmelucy 5 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.

    • CoeGurl profile image

      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.

    • profile image

      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

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

    • AceofHearts profile image

      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.

    • SophiesWords profile image

      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!

    • FantasticVoyages profile image

      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!

    • Lee Hansen profile image

      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.

    • cdevries profile image

      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.

    • TolovajWordsmith profile image

      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

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

    • JoyfulReviewer profile image

      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

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

    • profile image

      DivineOpenings 5 years ago

      I love this!

    • Todayhaspower LM profile image

      Todayhaspower LM 5 years ago

      Awesome lens, consider it liked. :)

    • fugeecat lm profile image

      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

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

    • fionajean profile image

      Fiona 5 years ago from South Africa

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

    • dwnovacek profile image

      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!

    • GreenfireWiseWo profile image

      GreenfireWiseWo 6 years ago

      Great lens. Thank you.

    • profile image

      tienlove 6 years ago

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

    • MamaRuth profile image

      MamaRuth 6 years ago

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

    • CrossCreations profile image

      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

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

    • Joy Neasley profile image

      Joy Neasley 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I really loved reading this lens.

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

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

    • gypsyman27 lm profile image

      gypsyman27 lm 6 years ago

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

    • gypsyman27 lm profile image

      gypsyman27 lm 6 years ago

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

    • Darla Dixon profile image

      Darla Dixon 6 years ago

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

    • profile image

      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.

    • CrossCreations profile image

      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.

    • WildFacesGallery profile image

      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. :)

    • JJNW profile image

      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

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

    • kimbesa2 profile image

      kimbesa 7 years ago from USA

      Outstanding! Thanks for putting this all together!

    • profile image

      anonymous 7 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.

    • profile image

      tssfacts 7 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.

    • Paula Atwell profile image
      Author

      Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

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

    • profile image

      anonymous 7 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.

    • BarryKrost profile image

      BarryKrost 7 years ago

      A lovely collections of great information. Wonderful.

    • profile image

      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.

    • profile image

      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!

    • profile image

      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.

    • religions7 profile image

      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.

    • Paula Atwell profile image
      Author

      Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

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

    • profile image

      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!

    • profile image

      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

    • Grasmere Sue profile image

      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

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

    • OhMe profile image

      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.

    • andreaberrios lm profile image

      andreaberrios lm 7 years ago

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

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      I still love this lens. Blessed!

    • thepartyanimal2 profile image

      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....

    • profile image

      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.

    • oztoo lm profile image

      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*

    • amy1980 profile image

      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.

    • myraggededge profile image

      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.

    • profile image

      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.

    • mysticmama lm profile image

      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens!

    • Christene-S profile image

      Christene-S 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

    • jodijoyous profile image

      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.

    • Ramkitten2000 profile image

      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.

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image

      ElizabethJeanAl 8 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

    • profile image

      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.

    • profile image

      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.

    • FanfrelucheHubs profile image

      Nathalie Roy 8 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

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

    • DoraArtDesign profile image

      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!

    • profile image

      dvirtualist 8 years ago

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

    • profile image

      Sojourn 8 years ago

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

    • profile image

      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! :)

    • JanTUB profile image

      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 8 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for all this thought-provoking content.

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      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...

    • evelynsaenz1 profile image

      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?

    • Stazjia profile image

      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.

    • hlkljgk profile image

      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.

    • profile image

      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.

    • fotolady49 lm profile image

      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....

    • Rusty Quill profile image

      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.

    • profile image

      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!

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      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!

    • AlisonMeacham profile image

      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.

    • AppalachianCoun profile image

      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for the info on quilt art.

    • profile image

      Leanne Chesser 8 years ago

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

    • sittonbull profile image

      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.

    • SimilarSam profile image

      Sam 8 years ago from Australia

      Great lens! Lots of amazing graphics.

    • profile image

      anonymous 8 years ago

      great lens

    • WhiteOak50 profile image

      WhiteOak50 8 years ago

      Fantastic Lens!! Thanks for adding it to Everything Spiritual

    • ZenandChic profile image

      Patricia 8 years ago

      This is a great lens! I love it!

    • kohuether lm profile image

      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...

    • EpicFarms profile image

      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.

      Http://www.Squidoo.com/ConnieCrankpot

    • Sensitive Fern profile image

      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*

    • profile image

      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.

    • profile image

      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

    • profile image

      jipock 8 years ago

      Great Lens! 5*****

    • luvmyludwig lm profile image

      luvmyludwig lm 8 years ago

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

    • RuthCoffee profile image

      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.

    • OhMe profile image

      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!

    • Franksterk profile image

      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Great lens. It made me realize how little sculpting I've done lately! Thanks for the nudge! 5 stars, favorite and I'm already a big FAN! Bear hugs, Frankster aka Bearmeister aka Cat-Woman

    • three c86a4 profile image

      three c86a4 8 years ago

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

    • SandyMertens profile image

      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.

    • chefkeem profile image

      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.

    • cappuccino136 profile image

      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.