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20 Creative Quotes on New Beginnings & Growth

20 Creative Quotes on New Beginnings & Growth | creativity in motion

Springtime can be a great time for exciting growth & new beginnings!  This week I went on a creative quote scavenger hunt to find inspiring words that connect to this spirit of the season….  Enjoy:

  • True creativity often starts where language ends. ~ Arthur Koestler
  • Every artist was first an amateur. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Beginning with audacity is a very great part of the art of painting. ~Winston Churchill
  • The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth.  ~Ezra Pound
  • After you’ve painted a couple of thousand paintings, then you can begin. ~Carl Rungius
  • I don’t go into the studio with the idea of ‘saying’ something. What I do is face the blank canvas and put a few arbitrary marks on it that start me on some sort of dialogue.  ~Richard Diebenkorn
  • Carry the beginning to the last stroke. ~Kevin Weckbach
  • Nature is infinitely creative. It is always producing the possibility of new beginnings.  ~Marianne Williamson
  • In creating, the only hard thing’s to begin; A grass-blade’s no easier to make than an oak. ~ James Russell Lowell
  • Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can. ~Arthur Ashe
  • There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. ~Pablo Picasso
  • The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.  ~Walt Disney
  •  The beginning is the most important part of the work. ~Plato
  • You must give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be born. Fear not the strangeness you feel. The future must enter you long before it happens. Just wait for the birth, for the the hour of the new clarity.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Beginnings are always messy. ~ John Galsworthy
  • First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination. ~Napoleon Hill
  • Individuality of expression is the beginning and end of all art. ~ Johannes Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The important thing is somehow to begin.  ~Henry Moore
  • Start a painting with fresh ideas, and then let the painting replace your ideas with its ideas.  ~Darby Bannard
  • Never begin the day until it is finished on paper. ~Jim Rohn

 Do you have a favorite creative quote that inspires your growth?


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20 Creative Quotes on Passion & Inspiration at Work

20 Creative Quotes on Passion & Inspiration at Work | creativity in motion

In the spirit of my 2015 Spectrum workshop offering, I’ve been thinking about creative work, passion & inspiration and how these concepts influence and affirm one another. In my own work and interests, whether this is as an art therapist, professor, trauma consultant, or artist; passion & inspiration are core to what continues to motivate me, serve as a guide, and sustain my energy to give to others or myself…. both in times of challenge and success.

I decided to go on a quote hunt and explore what artists, writers, designers, & others think about this relationship or have said about these concepts. Here is what I gathered…. Behold, this collection of 20 creative quotes about passion and inspiration at work… Enjoy (!):

  • Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity. ~Bo Bennett
  • Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. ~Pablo Picasso
  • Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture. ~Ken Robinson
  • There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. ~Martha Graham
  • The desire to create is of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. ~Elder Uchtdorf
  • Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks. ~Yo-Yo Ma
  • When the creative impulse sweeps over you, grab it. You grab it and honor it and use it, because momentum is a rare gift. ~Justina Chen
  • The worthiest works of all often reflect an artful creativity that looks more like play than work.  ~James Ogilvy
  • Innovation is creativity with a job to do. ~John Emmerling
  • Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing.  It is an attitude, an inner approach – how you look at things . . .  ~Osho
  • I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart. ~Vincent van Gogh
  • Stay inspired, work hard and be proud of what you do. ~Andria Sato
  • Most creative work is a process of people passing ideas and inspirations from the past into the future and adding their own creativity along the way.  ~Joichi Ito
  • Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm. ~ Earl Nightingale
  •  Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better.  ~John Updike
  • The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.  ~Auguste Rodin
  • Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.  ~William Wordsworth
  • To create art with all the passion in one’s soul is to live art with all the beauty in one’s heart. ~Aberjhani
  • If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. ~Marc Chagall
  • When passion and skill work together, the end result is often a masterpiece. ~Marc and Angel Hack Life


     What are some of your favorite creativity quotes or sayings that bring passion & inspiration to your work?


For Spectrum 2015, come join me and my art journaling workshop Creative Covenants to explore the values you believe are core to the way you create, practice, and live as a creative and artful being.

Spectrum 2015: Online Holistic Creative Circle

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20 Creative Quotes on Courage, Hope, & Possibility

Creativity in Motion:  20 Quotes on Courage, Hope, & Possibility

Here are 20 quotes about creativity, courage, hope, & possibility that I have been collecting- some are favorites, some are new discoveries, but each affirming & inspiring:

We have no hope of solving our problems without harnessing the diversity, the energy, and the creativity of all our people. – Roger Wilkins

The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.  -Ben Okri

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Another word for creativity is courage.  – George Prince

Nature is infinitely creative. It is always producing the possibility of new beginnings. – Marianne Williamson

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. ― George Bernard Shaw

Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting. ~Edward de Bono

Creativity is a continual surprise. ― Ray Bradbury

Art has something to do with beauty. The act of creating beauty pulls the portion of your soul to the surface that is true to the way you were created. ― Timothy Simpson

The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness. ― Madeleine L’Engle

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

What keeps life fascinating is the constant creativity of the soul. ― Deepak Chopra

When dreams come true creativity becomes art.  ― Martin Schuster

Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another. ― Seth Godin

We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution. –Bill Hicks

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. – Edward de Bono

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. – Erich Fromm

Art is the overflow of emotion into action.  ― Brian Raif

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. ― Maya Angelou

When all else seems lost and steeped in hopelessness, the magic of creativity can still keep you going.  – Jyoti Arora

What are some your favorite creativity quotes that inspire courage, hope, & possibility?


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Creative Mentors & Inspiration Re-Visited

This semester I’ve been teaching Art Therapy Studio I for Ursuline College’s Art Therapy and Counseling Program, which focuses on the exploration of creativity and self expression through engaging students in their own personal art making, creative practice, strengthening their relationship as an artist, and how this impacts art therapy framework.

Our last class dedicated some time for a creative show & tell of each student’s Artist Mentors and Inspirations.  Classic artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent VanGogh, and Ansel Adams to local artists, art educators, past art instructors, contemporary artists, and more were presented with lots of art, stories, and reflections about the important influence these mentors have had on the students’ creative life and artist identity.  Very inspiring!

This assignment inspired me to reflect on my own artist mentors, particularly who helped me own and claim my struggling artist identity.  Throughout childhood I had always been involved in and active with some form of the arts, but I never really saw myself as an artist– I saw this activity more as something I just did “for fun” in a social context  and really minimized its overall connection to who I was as individual.  In the visual arts, I had this pre-conceived notion that my art needed to be technically awesome drawings or well executed and rendered images to claim any kind of serious and real talent as “an artist”.

But then, when I was in high school,  I spent my senior year in Mr. Bontempo’s  (aka Mr. B.) art class, where I had the freedom to create whatever I wanted and worked on some really interesting paper cut out collages loosely inspired by the work of Stuart Davis.  I think working in collage this way started to re-set my brain about my potential contributions as an artist.

One day Mr. B privately commented to me that art  wasn’t all about drawing an image in realistic detail like some of my classmates, but was also about playing with & having creative ideas, using color, and not being afraid to experiment– three qualities that he saw as strengths in my creative process and work.  It was like a light bulb switched on!  Wow!  Yes!

Me & Mr. B- circa 1991
Me & Mr. B- circa 1991

This moment and words of wisdom planted seeds that continued to grow when I was in college during art school and starting my undergraduate education in art therapy and then my future training as an art therapist in graduate school.  Even now I continue to embrace and remember Mr. B’s strength based approach in my art, creative practice, projects, and work as an art therapist. I have sincere gratitude for Charles Bontempo and what he helped cultivate in me.

Earlier this year I shared 20 of my current artist blogger inspirations as part of Tammy Garcia’s Link Love Mission. These artists, art therapists, and creatives inspire me every day with their active practice, blogging, art challenges, status updates, Instagrams, or tweets of their art, creative space, projects, and so much more!  When I’m having a hectic or stressful day, being able to take time to connect to all their wonderful content through social media brings me to a state of enthusiasm, wonder, and receive a huge dose of grateful, good energy for my creative soul.

Who is someone who helped inspire your artist self, inspires your current creative process, or excites you about art?


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Creative Goodness Continues: Link Love Round Up #4

On this last Monday in April, I have 5 more creative blogs for Daisy Yellow’s Link Love Mission…It’s been lots of fun being a part of this effort this month!  It’s also nice to see the Mission is going to continue in May too if you’re interested in joining.

Link Love

Check out more creative inspiration I would like to pass on for others to check out & discover:

Link Love #4

  • realizing your creative life:  This past week I’ve enjoyed reading Jocelyn Paige Kelly’s blog posts and interviews focusing on wellness, self-care, and meditation’s role in our well being & creativity.
  • seth snap: I started following Seth’s blog post links on Twitter this year after being super impressed by his photography- especially photos of light.  Last week Seth’s post, Your Story: Morning Sun and his invitation to write a story about a sunrise he had taken on the way to work really inspired me as a way to further develop the connection & narrative behind the photos of light I’ve been taking or what I’ve been witnessing from others sharing their light seeking ways.
  • drawing the self out: Lizzie Bellotto’s blog shared this link love from Petrea Hansen Adamidis and I loved it so much, I had to give it another shout out here!  Read more about Petrea’s musings on vulnerability, creativity, and Brene’s Brown’s daring greatly wisdom here.
  • hannah klaus hunter arts: I learned a new term from Hannah: Blogsence and the importance of “taking time to catch up” with ourselves, our work, relationships, and life…. sans blogging…

It’s been great fun blogging about the creative people and spots in the blogosphere where I receive good energy, inspiration, and creative goodness from….and there are many more! Hopefully in May, I’ll be able to share a little more link love!

Here’s a recap of April’s round up:

April 8 | April 15 | April 22

Shout Out Of Creative Blog Love – Round Up #3

Link Love

Here’s my 3rd installment of Link Love-  the mission I’ve accepted for the month of April inspired by Tammy at Daisy Yellow.  I am starting a new week of rounding up with a shout out of love to these blogs:

Link Love- Round Up #3

  • 37 days: This “make art“, daily rock post from Patti Digh’s blog was a refreshing reminder to see pop up in my news feed on Friday
  • lani puppetmaker: Last week, Lani Gerity announced the release of her new eBook, Elephant Training and the Happy Artist, 24 chapters dedicated to “developing a creative practice, or fine tuning it to make it more inspiring and joy filled.”  I’ve been following Lani’s blog posts featuring her beautiful images and inspiring writings about the art of elephant training and look forward to receiving this book… My order is in and on its way!

One more round up left for next week on 4/29/13!  Want to catch up on my past Link Love recommendations?  Check them out here.

From My Smashbook: April Inspiration

Thanks to Artsyville’s Glue It Tuesday and the revival of a local Saturday art-making get together I enjoy attending, my smashbook has been filling up with lots of the things I love to stick, collage, and glue down during the month of April:

April Smashbooking: Gretchen Miller | Creativity in Motion

Here I’ve used magazine photo images sent by Lani in 2013’s Creative Pay It Forward, pages from a vintage Reader’s Digest book I discovered, dictionary pages, and other collage bits & pieces I’ve been collecting.  Looking for to this week’s Glue It Tuesday’s fun!

Inspiring, Artsy Link Love- Round Up #1

Not only did I discover Tammy’s awesome Link Love initiative last week, but that she also kindly included Creativity in Motion and my 365 Project on her list of five blogs in her recent post.  Thank you Tammy! 🙂  I want to contribute towards her search for fun this April and pay the shout out I received forward to other blogs I am inspired by… and you can too…. Read more about Tammy’s mission to share the link love here and how to get involved!

Share the :Love!

Every Monday for the rest of April (8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th), I’ll be posting five blogs to help spread some link love … Blogs that I hope inspire you as much as they inspire me!

Here’s my 5 for this week..Check them out:

Link Love for April 8
  • {stargardener’s} right brain planner: I’m really drawn to Teresa Robinson’s creative mojo of art journaling, quotes, photo goodness and her doses of beautiful light… I smile when I see Teresa’s stuff pop up in my newsfeeds….
  • art evolutions:  For more good vibes, I look forward to seeing posts from Lizzie Bellotto, whether this is her Inspiration Monday or Mid-Week Pondering updates.  I’ve also really enjoyed her recent work of mandalas!
  • a big creative yes: I loooove Dan James’ inspirational writing and reflections… it’s one of the few blogs that I go back and re-read past posts from his archives.
  • inner canvas: For the art therapist in me, reading Lisa Mitchell’s blog is super nuturing!

Wish and Doll Making Inspiration

During my art therapy supervision group this week-end, one of the group members introduced us to an easy way to create a fabric wish doll, inspired by the below tutorial and presented by Art Therapist Margaret Nowak.  Margaret uses the intervention in her art therapy work with cancer patients.  Check it out:

Wishes are written on a half of sheet of paper and then crumbled up into a ball to create the doll’s head. I chose thick and fuzzy ivory yarn to wrap the body over the cotton cloth, a metal heart button to embellish the doll’s center, turquoise yarn for hair, and then added a little paint, collage, and stamping.

This doll making process was much fun to do!  I found the repetitive action of wrapping the doll’s body soothing and relaxing, as well as appreciated the simple steps and material use to form the doll’s foundation.

Thanks to Mary for bringing the materials needed to start off our doll-making process, introducing us to Margaret’s work, and to the University of Michigan Health System for posting Margaret’s inspiring how to idea!  Love it!