Spark – How Creativity Works Author Discussion

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“You can life a life creatively or uncreatively.”  ~Kurt Anderson

I’m no stranger to Spark.  Every Sunday night I read The Spark by Debbie Phillips.  An inspiring newsletter for women looking for inspiration, strategies, and support in creating their best life and reaching their dreams.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be adding another “Spark” to my reading list.

Yesterday Spark – How Creativity Works was released. I’m a creative.  So I’m interested in the theory behind creativity and how it all works.  I get more interested in it as my creative journey continues and I battle my own internal ebbs and flows in creativity and doubt and meet other artists who face the same issues.

I was excited to hear the book’s  authors speak at Barnes and Noble TriBeCa last night with a few of my Artist Way Group friends.  We all live in the same neighborhood so we met at the corner subway and made an evening outing out of the event.  We were, collectively, an actor, a photographer, and a writer.  Our own little sparky group of creativity.

Author Julie Burstein and Kurt Andersen discuss Spark

Spark has its origins in Public Radio’s Studio 360 weekly interview show focusing on creatives, but Spark isn’t just a transcript of the radio interviews.  It goes far beyond that. It’s a study, an evaluation of the themes, inspirations, and processes culled from the hundreds of interviews conducted.

Julie and Kurt talked about some of their favorite interviews last night, shared audio from some and explored the process of writing the book.  Julie discussed the challenges of the “instant gratification” of the interview process versus the 2-year long process of writing and releasing the book.  An interesting perspective on her own creative processes and adapting to new challenges and finding new ways to be creative in the book writing process.

I really enjoyed seeing Julie and Kurt in person.  Kurt has a dynamic personality and Julie exudes warmth!  I’d be OK with having her as my “local mom”…not to mention that her two sons that asked questions last night (my future “local brothers”) are completely adorable!!

I left the event with my signed copy of Spark and a little extra inspiration and creative drive.  I guess that’s how creativity works….

I’m really looking forward to reading the book and I’ll give you a full review when I’m done.

“The essential gift is to be open to wonder, and to let that wonder spark your creativity.”

OH!  I almost forgot.  This is a COLOR blog.  It’s part of the daily gift.  Don’t worry.  I have some color for you.

Can you see Kurt’s socks?  It was the FIRST thing I saw when they walked up on stage.  He’s dressed in black from head to toe except…PURPLE SOCKS!!

I looked at my friends and pointed towards my feet and did the “head point” towards Kurt.  They knew…

Thanks Kurt for helping out with the blog’s color!

P.S.  (I was dressed in black too…and under my puffer boots…PINK SOCKS!)

Creative Color Expands: I’m Gonna Have to Wash My Brushes!!!

My creative color adventures are about to expand.  If you’ve visited melissaAnne Colors Gallery you’ve seen the quote from Shannon Grissom about my photography.  “You paint with your camera, which means you never have to wash your brushes.”

Well, that’s ALL about to change.  Tomorrow morning I’m going to Pearl, the art and craft store on Canal Street in NYC, to buy acrylic paints, paint brushes, and a few canvases.

That’s right, I’m learning to PAINT!

I’ve always been intrigued by paints, paint brushes, and the art of painting.  It seems like a magical process to me.  A cold, white canvas becomes a colorful vision and inspiring story at the hand of the artist.  In my head, this is the stuff of miracles.

As a child I was fascinated by my Great Aunt Nieta who was a painter.  When I was growing up I often heard my mom say, “Some day I’m going to learn to paint.”

Seeing my Aunt’s art and hearing my mom dream of painting excited me…and terrified me.  I’m not sure why it terrified me (other than this voice in my head that seemed to shout, “who are you kidding, you’d never be able to paint anything.”).

Well, “voice”, starting this week I’m learning to paint with Creatively Fit’s Painting Made Easy!  Creatively Fit isn’t just about learning to paint.  It’s about embracing change in your life and learning more about yourself.  I’m opening up to something new.  I’m stretching my creative side.  I’m opening the door and graciously greeting “change” with open arms!  Oh, and “voice”, in case you wondered:  It feels AMAZING!

I’ll keep you posted on my world-famous painting career launch progress.  I’m not expecting any Van Gogh moments but I am expecting to learn a lot about myself and have new fun with COLOR.

If you’ve always wanted to paint check out the Painting Made Easy program at Creatively Fit.  Whitney will teach you how to paint and as she said last week:  “Fear no paint!”  If you aren’t quite ready to paint, you can start slow (like I did) with the Meet Your Artist Within program.  Trust me, after you meet your artist you are going to want to “paint the town”.

*Special thanks to Sean Boyce Studios for allowing me to take pictures of how a “real” painter works.

Yoga Color

Something pointed me to yoga today.

First off, I’ll admit that I don’t do yoga on a regular basis.

Part of the yoga trending included Lululemon.  It came up in conversations yesterday and today so I thought I’d stop by the website and see if there was anything I could use for this post.

!!!!!!  Lululemon !!!!!

You had me at “shop by colour“.

Really?  No, REALLY?  An online store I can SERIOUSLY shop by color?  That just makes me happy!  Zen.  Who needs a downward facing dog?

I want all retail websites to use this model.  I want to shop by color, read by color, Facebook by color, blog by color. get the point.

So while there, I of course had to shop by “Aruba” and picked out a great pair of pants.

Maybe if I bought these I’d be inspired to go to a yoga class.  But, I need a yoga mat.

Oh how perfect!  My favorite colors.  This looks promising.

A little while later (while I was still sitting at the computer contemplating the benefits of yoga) I got a Twitter follow from a fellow Brooklyn artist.  I checked out his artistic domain of course.

Let me introduce you to  Orlando Dominguez.   Orlando creates beautiful art sculptures and to my surprise he had several yoga sculptures.  Here’s my favorite.

I won’t be trying this pose any time soon, but it WOULD color coordinate with that yoga gear…

I also discovered that Orlando designs furniture so I had to browse.  I mean after yoga I might need to sit or lie down…

This will do JUST fine.

I’ll be in my princess chair, “Bluesy Chictorian“, for the rest of the day if anyone is looking for me.  Oh and I’m going to put “Pink Chictorian” in the post for a friend of mine in Florida who celebrated her birthday today.  She is to pink what I am to the blues.

Thanks Orlando for the princess fantasy I plan to have ALL day today.  Your designs are fabulous!

I really had no idea yoga could be so colorful!  I’m so inspired….

Wednesday Words No. 2

This week has gone so fast!  I almost forgot it was time for Wednesday Words.

Here are some fun “word” products and art to entertain and inspire.

Leave it to a creative from Brooklyn to create The Google Pillow collection inspired by the top Google searches.  I think this pillow is hilarious!  There is a pillow for each year, beginning in 2006 (shown above is 2010).   It’s like a time capsule on a pillow. You can see them all at the elastic co Etsy store. (I NEVER thought I’d have the words “Justin Bieber” on my blog! My niece is going to think I’m SO COOL.)

I love this letterpress poster from Roll & Tumble Press.  It makes me smile…as do the old cameras!  It could be on this photographer’s art wish list very soon.

If this isn’t how I’ve been feeling in the snowy, cold environs of NYC I don’t know what is!  The silk screen poster from Slide Sideways brings shine and inspiration today.

I’ve seen these fun vinyl wall art and decals before.  I think they are a lot of fun and a great way to decorate with words.  Instead of “writing on the walls” like we did with chalkboard paint the other day, you can  Right on the Walls with these decals.

My most favorite has to be this beautiful colorful front door! I could find lots of Peace, Love and Joy if I had that front entrance!

That’s all for our Wednesday Words.  What words would you like to use to add a little personal design to your house?  Me…

Happy Wednesday!

Introducing Wednesday Words – The Art of Words

After only a week and a half, I have a totally new appreciation for daily bloggers. It’s not easy to keep content going. I am going to try a few “daily themes” to help me out a little.

I’m starting with WORDS.

I like words.  They allow us to communicate and relate to people.  They can change a mood, inspire a dream, and make a difference.  We can get creative with them by writing, printing, or painting them in colorful and fun ways.

I decided to create a day of the week for exploring all the many creative ways we can use words to enhance design, create art, inspire, or express color.

What better day than Wednesday…because it starts with W (of course..) and because it’s a good day to share some extra word inspiration to get us over the mid-week hump.


I came across Book of Art by Veronica Salazar a few days ago.  I love what she’s made and want to share her creativity and talent with you!  Veronica doesn’t write, print, or paint her words.  She folds them.

I’d love to put the three shown above on a long black shelf I have above my couch.  I think they make great art and conversation pieces for any room.

If you were going to fold a word into a book what would you want to say?  Me – SMILE!

You can see more on Book of Art’s Flickr Stream and contact her through the Book of Art Etsy store.

Thanks for stopping by to

my blog and for joining me on for the first WEDNESDAY WORDS.

Create.  Love.  Dream.

And come back tomorrow to Read more!