Igniting Your Creativity

A My Blog Guest Special Feature

Tips on Inspiration and Creativity

Igniting your creativity

Being creative is not just something that happens to people accidentally. You might start off with a spur of excitement concerning one idea or concept, but when it comes down to remaining creative over a longer period of time most people struggle. The term writer’s block is famous amongst all those working in a profession where creating text is key, but similar concepts apply to those in performing arts, visual artists and other creative professions. This article will provide a few tips on how you can maintain your creativity and potentially enhance it.

Listen to music

Music can set the mood for your day, but it can also help spark that creative light in you. If you feel stuck and don’t know how to move forward with a project, create a playlist that will push you forward. If you are writing, think about what your character would listen to or what genre your interview objects are interested in. If you are painting or creating visual art focus on the mood of the idea you already have and search online for artists reflecting that mood. Look at their lyrics and see where they take you. Maybe you find a story in them that compliments what you are working with, or maybe you are taken in an entirely new direction. Either or, it is sure to stir something up you can use.

Write it down

You never know when a great idea would come to mind. It can sneak up on you and take you completely by surprise. This is why so many artists and writers carry a notebook around with them. Take little bullet point notes of what you see, experience, feel and it can come in handy when you are trying to recall a memory or find inspiration later on. If you have a blank wall in your home hang up a large chalkboard. These won’t ruin the style of your home, and can be a valuable tool when you want to stay creative. Write down your bullet points on the board as soon as you come back home, then draw or expand on those bullet points. The chalk board will stop you from hanging post-its or having loose pieces of paper floating around, and it will allow you to gather all your ideas in one place.

Use the Internet

If you are stuck, there is nothing worse than just staring at your screen or your work. However, use the internet and get inspired. Use search engines to find images, music, text and so on about the topic you are working with. This might sound obvious but there is more to it than this. Look at the bullet points you made on your chalk board or notepad. Make a spider diagram by putting in words and phrases you find online. Soon you will start to see a red threat in you notes and this is the path you should follow when you feel ready to start work again.

Do not stop
Make sure you don’t let the block take over. If you feel stuck maybe you have gone down the wrong path. It is never too late to start over. The project you have developed can be picked back up at a later date when you might have had new experiences and challenges that will help you finish it. You are in charge of your creativity so don’t let the block control you, take charge.

Ingunn is a creative personality writing about the arts and interior decorating, with a special love for chalkboards.



Urban Art: A Creative Inspirations Guest Post

Creative Inspirations: Urban Art

A ‘My Blog Guest‘ Entry by Stuart Green

Urban Art

Say “urban art” to a lot of people and one of two things will generally happen. Firstly, you will get a completely blank expression as the person has no idea what you are talking about. The alternative is that they will look at you, face lighting up and say “oh yeah, like Banksy?” While Banksy would be an excellent example, urban art stretches far further than pretty paintings on the sides of buildings and on pavements. Whether it is murals, aggressive sculptures or a graffiti wall, urban art can encapsulate a whole range of ideas and creative inspirations. Thinking about the way this can influence people’s thinking, are they really a fit for modern art galleries?

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Modern Attitudes

While attitudes towards art galleries have evolved massively in recent years, they are much more inclusive and no longer seen as a middle to upper class area, there is still a certain “something” which fits well within an art gallery. It is this factor which sees the Turner art prize be so polarising, as the debate is continually opened, closed and re-opened over whether a messy bedroom, a bin, or a sculpture made out of carrier bags actually constitutes a piece of art.

Looking for an industrial unit to let in which to display your art is an excellent option for adding authenticity and an edgy twist to your art. If you are the type of artist who creates wide ranges of work, then an industrial unit to let could be the ideal blank canvas for putting your ideas to the world. One of the beauties of such buildings is that you can use as much or as little space as you want. Artists look to focus on capturing moods, and in an industrial unit there are many ways to influence how people feel.

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Taking Control

There are many ways artists can manipulate the feelings of visitors to exhibitions, and more often than not it is through the art itself. Should you decide to hold an exhibition in an industrial unit to let, however, there will be far greater options at your disposal for creating a heart-stopping show. Whether it is by making a bright arena full of colour, or giving the impression of a dilapidated, abandoned old warehouse, there are many different options and ideas, no doubt limitless to those with a creative mind.

Industrial units to let are associated with many uses, try placing your art in there and watch your reputation soar.

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Butterfield Garage ‘First Friday’ Exhibition: Wearable Art Jewelry by Carlyle Gibbs

Butterfield Garage Art Gallery:

First Friday‘ Exhibition Featuring Carlyle Gibbs

Visit http://www.butterfieldgarage.com or call (904) 825-4577 for additional info.

*~   Carlyle Gibbs Wearable Art Jewelry ~*

‘First Friday’ Exhibition 

Butterfield Garage Art Gallery

137 King Street

Saint Augustine, FL

(904) 825-4577

Open Daily: 11 – 5


Carlyle Gibbs: Cheryl Gibbs

Carlyle Gibbs ‘First Friday’ Exhibition at Butterfield Garage Art Gallery

Beginning Friday, September 2nd, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

First Friday’ Exhibition at Butterfield Garage Awill continue through September 30th.

Butterfield Garage: 'First Friday' Exhibition

With a rich history, dating Back to 1927, a one-time parking garage now rests under the St. Augustine sun.  The artist-run Butterfield Garage  has experienced tremendous success, both in providing a positive social atmosphere for locals, and as a destination for visitors, art enthusiasts to communicate in a lively, yet inviting atmosphere. 

The driving force of encouraging and finding a way to bring direct dialogue into the relationships between Featured Artists and Butterfield Garage visitors has evolved into a successful decade  carousel of cultural progress and social significance for the Saint Augustine area.

Showcasing only the most talented and distinguished Artists, ‘First Friday’ Exhibitions have become a ‘social phenomenon’ of sorts to the area, bringing an element of both Art and Awakening. Artists are able to communicate directly with their fans and interested visitors, building personal relationships and additional exposure.

Artists such as Cheryl Gibbs and Kathryn Carlyle, of CarlyleGibbs,  also become a permanent place in the evolving masterpiece of community integration and creative visualization in Art presented by the Butterfield Garage ‘First Friday’ Exhibition.

A commanding and creative sculpted wrist cuff was the very first piece of Carlye Gibbs Wearable Art Jewelry. Complementary to the copper-inspired pieces created by Kathryn, a collection of bronze-infused metal accents that are Cheryl’s Creative Conceptions

The Carlyle Gibbs wearable art jewelry is breath-taking, a brilliantly spun ensemble of finely-woven strands of silvers, precious metals and captivating gemstones.

Butterfield Garage Art Gallery: Carlyle Gibbs Invite

Butterfield Garage: First Friday Exhibition with Carlyle Gibbs

With their pooled creations receiving such enthusiastic reviews, Kathryn and Cheryl will be participating in a month long exhibit at the famous Butterfield Garage Art Gallery in St. Augustine, FL during September, 2011. The Butterfield Garage Art Gallery is favored among locals, and recognized by visitors to the culturally infused gallery, as leader in showcasing traditional and contemporary visual arts in North Florida.

Having opened to the public in 1999, Butterfield Garage Art Gallery, revered to showcase only the most distinguished and talented creators of visual arts for the Butterfield Garage signature ‘First Friday’ Exhibitions, will be inviting the talented visions of metal-weaving precision created by Carlyle Gibbs for the September Exhibition.

With the beautiful array of pieces in wearable, as well as 2-dimensional art included in the Carlyle Gibbs Collaborative Collection, St. Augustine locals will be in for quite an artistically jeweled treat!

Cheryl Gibbs: Bronze Shapes Bracelet

Cheryl Gibbs: Bronze Shapes Bracelet

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