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Anxiety+Creativity

Amanda Seyfried says she was obsessive as a little girl: “I would have to be really organized…” She thinks, “that kind of anxiety in me, that obsession, was helpful. I use it in my acting.” She also talks about experiencing panic attacks and other forms of anxiety. Creativity coach Eric Maisel, PhD comments, “It isn’t at all clear that tension or anxiety is what’s needed for peak performance and lifelong creativity.”

Amanda Seyfried

“It’s a strange thing how a lot of Hollywood actors and actresses can have self-esteem issues, just like normal people.

“We see these celebrities on TV and secretly wish that we looked almost as perfect as them. But then, who are we to blame them.

“These artists are just human too. And that means they also have issues with their weight, their look, and even with the silliest things.

“Being in the limelight as well as having the pressure to maintain an image can play a big role in anxiety disorders.

“Amanda Seyfried is among actors that suffers this type of disorder. She has admitted to getting therapy sessions to be able to handle panic anxiety attacks that’s been caused by her rise on fame. She says she especially gets these attacks whenever she has upcoming premiers or interviews.”

Source – The inner Actor

 

104 year old artist@Large!

“I thought it was a really good idea to decorate the town and enjoyed having my crochet included,” Grace Brett said

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104-year-old great-grandmother Grace Brett just might be the oldest street artist in the world. She yarn-bombed her town with the help of the Souter Stormers, a secretive group of ‘yarnstormers’ that recently yarn-bombed 46 landmarks in the Scottish county of Borders.

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making art is the new meditation

Many of us have heard about the benefits of meditation, but sometimes find it hard to do. Fewer of us know about the profound benefits of artistic expression. Creating art, however, is another way to access a meditative state of mind and the profound healing it brings.

“Art is a guarantee to sanity,” said Louise Bourgeois, a French-American artist who died in 2010 at the age of 98. She even went on to add, “…This is the most important thing I have said.” For Bourgeois, art — making art — was a tool for coping with overwhelming emotion. She says she remembers making small sculptures out of bread crumbs at the dinner table when she was a little girl – as a way of dealing with her dominating father. Art was more than an escape – it kept her sane.

Art, like meditation, allows us to create space between our often negative, anxious thoughts and connect with our true selves – as opposed to with the fleeting or false sense of identity we sometimes have when we are caught up in our thoughts and emotions. Eckhart Tolle, spiritual teacher, writes: “Identification with thoughts and the emotions that go with those thoughts creates a false mind-made sense of self, conditioned by the past… This false self is never happy or fulfilled for long. Its normal state is one of unease, fear, insufficiency, and non-fulfillment.” Creating art is about reaching a state of consciousness and breaking free from the constant debilitating chatter of the mind.

Full article -The Washington Post

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Colours@Large

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By not assigning names to the colors we want to expand the definition of what a color can be, and the various shades they can create by mixing them,”

The names we assign to colors are restrictive and only serve to impede our minds. The water that comes out of a faucet isn’t “blue.” Leaves on the trees can be “green” but they can be so much more. In Japan there’s even the absurd hada-iro (skin color), a peachy color that’s so wrong I’m not even going to begin. But now a young designer duo wants to change the way kids learn about color. They’ve created a set of “Nameless Paints” whose colors are simply identified by just that – their color.

Full article here

Graffiti grannies

Aida Alves, 76, masked and ready to paint.

Isaura Santos Costa, 90, at a Lata65 workshop.

‘I don’t paint on walls every day; I need to have the nerve to do it. And the spray cans get heavy so it’s better if I have a friend along to help carry them,” says 65-year-old retired doctor turned street artist Luísa Cortesão.

In most cities, Cortesão would earn the title of the oldest graffiti artist in town, but not in Lisbon. Here, she is part of Lata65, an organisation that runs workshops for over-65s who are interested in making street art, at which the oldest participant today is 90-year-old Isaura Santos Costa. There are also several octogenarians among the group of eight women and three men, who have been dubbed the “graffiti grannies”, the youngest of whom is 59.

Full article at the Guardian

Erdélyi Gábor – fotós

Erdélyi Gábor fotóművész szó szerint és képletesen is nagy utat járt be tíz év alatt. Harminckét évesen kezdett fotózni úgy, hogy technikai fogalmai nemigen voltak a fotózásról. A többlet viszont megvolt benne – egyszerű digitális fényképezőgépével ontotta magából a díjnyertes fotókat; lassan, de biztosan megismerték a szakmában. Ma már a legjobb magyar portréfotósok között tartják számon – az utóbbi 5-6 évben számtalan híresség pózolt a kamerája előtt, ikonikus felvételek köthetők a nevéhez. Maratoni interjúnk Gáborral – érdemes végigolvasni.

Úton lenni a boldogság

Forrás és cikk Erdélyivel

The furture! :)

Glen Keane – Step into the Page from Future Of StoryTelling on Vimeo.

2015 Future of StoryTelling Summit Speaker: Glen Keane
Animator, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, and Duet
Apply to attend: fost.org
Over nearly four decades at Disney, Glen Keane animated some the most compelling characters of our time: Ariel from The Little Mermaid, the titular beast in Beauty and the Beast, and Disney’s Tarzan, to name just a few. The son of cartoonist Bil Keane (The Family Circus), Glen learned early on the importance of holding onto your childhood creativity—and how art can powerfully convey emotion. Keane has spent his career embracing new tools, from digital environments to 3D animation to today’s virtual reality, which finally enables him to step into his drawings and wander freely through his imagination. At FoST, he’ll explore how to tap into your own creativity, connecting to emotion and character more directly than ever before.

Színes Város Fesztivál 2015

Between the beginning of August and the end of September, ten building walls around central Pest were enhanced with amazing oversized paintings by diverse street artists as part of Budapest’s Színes Város Festival, an arts and music celebration featuring more than 100 programs. The party may be over, but these vibrant artworks will continually brighten spirits for years to come.

Hungarikums – typical Hungarian objects and phenomena – are the main theme of most artworks, while some of the other pieces feature characteristic Hungarian scenes in the interpretation of artists from Hungary and abroad. The patron of the festival is Budapest Mayor István Tarlós, with the bulk of the necessary funds being provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Hungarian National Tourist Office(Magyar Turizmus Zrt.).

Photos and article

 

Acting@Large

A totally different experience

In contrast, she describes the Acting Without Agony Academy class by Brad Heller as “a totally different experience from my college training. His approach is that acting is fun and not that complex. When you walk into Brad’s class, he immediately accepts you as an actor and tries to help you get better. He is never mean or harsh. He just speaks the truth in a loving (and often funny) way.”

She says “The vibe of the class is very warm, supportive and fun. I think I would be way better actor by now if I had not studied acting at NYU, and just came straight to Brad.”

The school website says it is built around the lessons of the late Don Richardson who wrote the critically acclaimed book Acting Without Agony: An Alternative to the Method.

Nurturing sensitivity

John Ruskin, head of The Ruskin School of Acting, notes that “actors must be willing to experience themselves and their feelings in ways other people are not willing. In doing this, they give their audience permission to do the same.”

But to have that kind of emotional freedom, you need support while you’re learning and performing.

And actors are often highly sensitive people, who may need to be more aware of their emotional reactions to situations and to other people – and take care not get overwhelmed.

Source the inneractor.com

Frank Langella in Unscripted, HBO, 2005

 

 

Creativity and low self esteem …

Overcoming low self esteem: “Where was my self respect?”

Our self-esteem or positive self concept, and how well and deeply we value ourselves, and impacts how fully we can live and realize our talents.

The horrific experience of abuse interests me as a creativity researcher for how it can distort awareness and self concept in such destructive ways, and how much it can shut down or divert energy you could otherwise use for creative expression.

Although these experiences may not be something you can simply “get over,” many creative people report gaining strength, self-awareness and inspiration from what they have had to deal with.

Meredith Vieira

Full article here

From her Psychology Today article: Self-esteem vs. Self-respect.

 

 

Headcanons: Empathy&Experience taking

The Psychology of Fandom: Why We Get Attached to Fictional Characters
by Abby Norman

One thing that helps us empathize with family and friends, no matter what our baseline capabilities to do so are, is trying to fill in the details of what we don’t know about their situation. Interestingly enough, this is also more or less what we do with fictional characters; in fact, it’s sometimes easier to empathize with them because we are often given, expositionally, far more detailed and intimate knowledge of a character than we would ever know about someone in our real lives. And, as in life, it’s our nature to fill in the blanks when we’re presented with a character that we haven’t gotten to know very well yet. Fanfiction is one way that we do this on a community level. Headcanons, a term in fandom that refers to what an individual believes to be true about a character, even though it’s not “canon”, are another way that we flesh out the details of these character’s lives as we attempt to understand and, ultimately, feel for them on some level.

On a neurobiological level, our experience of consuming fiction is actually very real. Measurably so. When we read about the scent of coffee, for instance, the olfactory center of our brain lights up. We can’t really smell it, but we’re familiar with the scent and we can conjure it up. Especially if the language is rich and helps us recreate the experience. Metaphors can be helpful in giving us a vibrant, multi-sensory experience when we’re reading, similes help a wider range of readers experience the same emotion, based on our own internal experiences.

Whether or not characters are ontologically “real”, our familiarity with them renders them very emotionally potent; a kind of emotional truth that we experience at a biochemical level quite the same as we would with strangers whom we get to know over the course of a season — or years, for the loyalist of fans.

While we may choose, however, to engage with fiction we do not appear to be in control of our emotional responses to it — quasi or not. And even still, how is it then that we can go full-well into a movie, or pick up a book we’ve read a million times, not only knowing the emotional climax is coming but knowing full well it’s not “real” — yet we still find ourselves tearing up? Oh, what a tangled web we weave.

Philosopher Tamar Gendler posits that we have two competing levels of consciousness — belief and alief.The former being what governs our intellectual knowledge that yes, fiction is not fact. Where the latter, what she calls “alief” is our brain’s ability to suspend our belief that fiction is not “real” — which is what makes watching movies enjoyable. We can get “lost” in them, but as soon as the credits roll and we return to our day to day life, we know it was just Meryl Streep with a superb haircut.

“Experience-taking” is different from putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, which is more “perspective-taking” —like when we were discussing empathy earlier. The act of taking on experience, traits or attributes is very powerful; since it happens on an unconscious level, over time positive change can develop for the individual: increased confidence, motivation and a greater level of comfort socially, for one.

Whole article – very worth taking the time to read it!!

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Playing music + the brain

“Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout.”

Research suggests that regularly playing an instrument changes the shape and power of the brain and may be used in therapy to improve cognitive skills.

It can even increase IQ by seven points in both children and adults, according to researchers.

Read on @ simplacapacity.com

 

Creativity is …

“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. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have lots of dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solution without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”  Steve Jobs

via National Performing Arts Convention

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Asimov on creativity

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“A person willing to fly in the face of reason, authority, and common sense must be a person of considerable self-assurance. Since he occurs only rarely, he must seem eccentric (in at least that respect) to the rest of us. A person eccentric in one respect is often eccentric in others.”

“Consequently, the person who is most likely to get new ideas is a person of good background in the field of interest and one who is unconventional in his habits. (To be a crackpot is not, however, enough in itself.)”

“My feeling is that as far as creativity is concerned, isolation is required. The creative person is, in any case, continually working at it. His mind is shuffling his information at all times, even when he is not conscious of it. (The famous example of Kekule working out the structure of benzene in his sleep is well-known.)”

Isaac Asimov

Source the creativemind.net

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Genius

There are 9 habits of creative genius you can cultivate in your daily life that will help you to develop a deeper awareness of your connection to this ever-present Source of all that is. The qualities of creativity and genius are within you, awaiting your decision to match up with the power of intention.

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