Tim McFarlane

(via Permission to Fail | The Nation)

Thought-provoking article about art, art education, and why it’s important for artists to maintain a sense of ignorance-to value (and be open to) what they don’t know in order to continue creative exploration.

"I want to thank anyone who spends part of their day creating…anybody who spends part of their day sharing their experience with us—I think this world would be unlivable without art and I thank you."


Steve Soderbergh


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"People need to use their creativity. Everyone has it, but we’re conditioned into thinking that only experts and celebrities have it, so everyone else should just fall into line. Society thinks creative people are dangerous.""Why don’t people don’t use their creativity more?""Because they’re being bamboozled."

"More and more I feel creativity is a commitment to what you love. When the demons of doubt take over or whenever the stress of life and work bog you down and you feel like turning in, it’s the moment you refuse to give it up that’s when creativity happens. That commitment is akin to going to the gym or similar: you ache and you hate it and you want to thrown in the towel…but you head over there anyway and lift weights or run that last mile. It’s the same in all creative pursuits. It’s a privilege to do what you love, even in the little moments we have, so to cherish it is to commit to it. For it’s in the sticking with it, and with all the energies and time invested, you do get so much back. And it does bring joy, even if it’s fleeting."

- Toyin Odutola, Creativity Decoded.  (via ostentationandstyle)

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Why Weirdos Outperform Normals | LinkedIn

Weirdos see the world as a blank slate for them to paint their masterpiece. Forget marching to their own drums. They make up their own instruments. Forget thinking outside the box. They don’t see boxes. They see circles and horizons and trapazoids.

Weirdos don’t see anything as impossible. Anything is possible. Just give us enough time.

Weirdos are contrarians. They think differently and act even more differently. Normals try to fit in. Weirdos stick out without really trying.

Weirdos aren’t driven by money. Money is a destination. Weirdos are all about the journey.

Weirdos don’t care what others think. They only care THAT they think and want to change HOW they think.

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Analog Tele-Phonographers’: iPod Amplifiers made from old brass instruments.

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(via Why You Should Stick to Your Own Pursuit of Creativity)
Stay on the bus…

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"Creativity has nothing to do with any activity in particular — with painting, poetry, dancing, singing. It has nothing to do with anything in particular. Anything can be creative — you bring that quality to the activity. Activity itself is neither creative nor uncreative. You can paint in an uncreative way. You can sing in an uncreative way. You can clean the floor in a creative way. You can cook in a creative way. Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach — how you look at things."

- Osho (via lazyyogi)

(Source: lazyyogi, via somewhereonlyweknow)

Nick Miller: Postpartum Postmortem


My novel, Isn’t It Pretty To Think So?, was published in June this year. I’ve been candid about my writing process from the day I decided to post my first chapter online until the day, years later, when the completed manuscript was forced out of my hands. But I haven’t shared too many of my…

So much truth here about the creative process. For me, the rigors of the journey that go into making a painting is always it. The finished piece, not always that much. I might be happy with it, but there’s always that emptiness that gnaws at you until you start on something else. 


Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. Now available as a 20x200 edition. Hooray!
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(via Everything is a Remix, Part 3: The Elements of Creativity | Brain Pickings)