Apr 222017

There’s nothing like a change of scene to wake up curiosity and creativity. We recently had the opportunity to travel to south Florida to catch up with a family member and, together, did a bit of exploring. Familiar with our love of art and innovation, she whisked us off to Wynwood where the vibe is as friendly and colorful as the wall-to-wall street art. I can’t imagine anyone spending time there without thinking about creativity and where it fits in their lives. Here are some favorite thoughts on the topic.


Creativity is not just for artists. It’s for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it’s for engineers trying to solve a problem; it’s for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way. ~Twyla Tharp

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Art knows no prejudice, art knows no boundaries, art doesn’t really have judgment in its purest form. So just go, just go. ~ K. D. Lang

Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas. ~ Donatella Versace

I want art to make me think. In order to do that, it may piss me off, or make me uncomfortable. That promotes awareness and change, or at least some discussion. ~ Pink

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. ~ Steve Jobs

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Any time women come together with a collective intention, it’s a powerful thing. Whether it’s sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens. ~ Phylicia Rashad


When you live under the power of terror and segregation, you can’t ever start a work of art. ~ Jeanne Moreau



Terrorized by your Inner Editor? Inner Critic Kicking your butt? If you’re looking for an answer be sure to check out The Inner Critic Advantage: Making Peace With the Noise in Your Head by Andrea Patten. (On Amazon. Or ask at your local indie bookstore.)

 April 22, 2017  Posted by  Inner Critic, Thinking  Add comments

  9 Responses to “Celebrating Creativity”

  1. Everyone is creative. We just all express it in different ways. Great post.

  2. I love going to places that spark my creativity. Sometimes wandering into neat little shops does this for me. Thank you for the great quotes.

  3. I love this blog, the quotes and the fabulous images! I totally agree with you that it is impossible to be around art of any kind and not feel inspired to be creative. Prioritizing time to be creative in multiple ways in my life is important to me and a part of my self-nurturing practice. I especially love being creative with my husband! Thank you for the inspiration!

  4. I love, love, love the topic of creativity!! It’s crucial to our soul and life! Have your read the book Big Magic?

  5. For the longest time I didn’t consider myself creative. That’s because it always felt like creative people we’re artists who we’re off painting or drawing, etc…then as I reconnected with the soul satisfying art of writing, I realized creativity is anytime “birth” is given from the deepest parts of ourselves, our emotions & our souls. When we offer up our inner selves, we are creative.

  6. Thanks Andrea for sharing your adventure with us! I agree creativity is for everyone, when I taught expressive art therapy to seniors I often told them that. I would point out how they dressed, decorated their house, and problem solved were all creative expressions.

  7. Love this, magical quotes and yes we are all creative xxoo

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