When Your Muse is MIA

It never fails.  An exhibition opportunity arises, a client requests your services or the creation of a new work, and your muse decides to take a vacation. So what do we do to nurture our creative potential? Consider following this blog to learn and to share practices and habits that can help.  We will explore the thread of creativity that exists in cinema, drama, music, visual arts, literature, dance and design for a better understanding of what those rituals or practices are that we can incorporate into our daily lives.

On Monday the 26th of March I conducted a workshop on this subject in the “Big Room” of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.


What follows are the references that I used:

  • “How Creativity Works in the Brain” – National Endowment for the Arts
  • The Creative Hero / Heroine
    • “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” by Joseph Campbell
    • “The Path of the Everyday Hero” by Lorna Catford and Michael Ray
    • “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron with Mark Bryan
  • Nurturing Your Creative Potential
    • “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey
    • “Care of the Soul” by Thomas Moore
    • “The Creative License” by Danny Gregory
    • “Daily Rituals” by Mason Currey
  • Tom Kelly’s Stanford eCorner Lectures
  • Incubation and Strategizing
    • “101 Creative Problem Solving Techniques” by James M. Higgins
    • “Conceptual Blockbusting” by James L. Adams
    • “The Mind Map Book” by Tony Buzan with Barry Buzan
    • “Thinkertoys” by Michael Michalko

Author: Brian Sesack

As a self-taught artist, I can’t remember the exact day, but still can remember the feeling that came over me when I recognized the desire to photograph in black and white. Up until that time, I was photographing in color and mostly on vacations and at family events. Then, for reasons that remain unclear, but like other events in my life, I just had to "drop the reins" and experience the journey of discovery. The intent of my work is to provide a vehicle for my creative self-expression and the transformation from looking to seeing. As a result I work from the inside out. I find myself moved by concepts that I cannot explain, but that I need to interpret by documenting textures and tonal qualities in an attempt to create images that bring the viewer into the subject. I have also discovered over time that as important as it is to produce a beautiful image, it is the process or the state of being creative that provides the joyfulness of being an artist.

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