Why I am Obsessed with Artists

"Patrick, why are you so obsessed with artists and their creativity?" I've been asked that question a fair amount during my years as an artist's advocate and a creativity and writing instructor. There is no simple answer to that question, but if the top five answers were on the board, one of them likely would …

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When Did You First Embrace Your Creativity?

There were many commonalities I found among the creatives I interviewed during my 2010 cross-country U.S. trip. One was that my interview subjects all discovered their own creative side at a very early age. Fortunately for them--and for us--they held on to that creativity, and didn't let the "I can't" and "I don't" forces of …

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Our Art-Committed Ancestors

A serious artist always ensures her paint and tools are properly cared for. It seems an artist 100,000 years ago took enough care to allow us to study those tools today. This morning I learned of a new report in the journal Science of preserved art supplies found in a South African cave. They date …

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Putting Creatives in a Box

Left-brain, right-brain. Introvert, extrovert. Soloist, collaborator. The literature on creativity is rife with categories. Call me allergic to categorization, after spending the last quarter-century resisting that fate here in Washington, D.C., where it's assumed everyone has some sort of label that defines you. (Sorry, I don't.)I interviewed several dozen creatives on a cross-country U.S. road …

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Creativity Tweets of the Week – 9/9/11

Is there an air freshener on the market powerful enough to change the fact that my neighborhood smells like a wet dog? In the last four days we here in the D.C. area have received rainfall that would cause Noah to wet his pants. I'm not sure I experienced that much rain cumulatively in my …

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Creativity and Originality

While away at my MFA residency I'm highlighting posts from early in this blog's life, posts not seen by most current readers of the Artist's Road blog. What does it mean to be original with your art? Can you truly be original when you follow the wisdom of those who preceded you? "Are You Original?" …

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