Spark – How Creativity Works Author Discussion

W E D N E S D A Y   W O R D S

“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 – Wednesday Words No. 3

I found a really fun way to get creative color from words on your website, blog, Facebook page, or just words in your head.

Today’s Wednesday Words is an art project you can all participate in!  It’s called Wordle.

I found Wordle searching Google for word art to use today.  I ended up creating my own word art and having a lot of fun.

Here’s a few examples of how to use Wordle to create your word art:

Type or paste a string of words or text into Wordle and let it create ART from your text.

Here’s my first Wordle.  I simply typed in some of my favorite words.

You can edit your Wordle with new fonts, new colors, and new styles.  Customize your Wordle!

Enter a website address and let Wordle create word art from the site.

Here’s a Wordle of my blog.

Here’s a Wordle of melissaAnne COLORS on Facebook.

The possibilities are endless.  Wordle the web!  I Wordled some of my fav blogs and the results were so fun!  I’m not sharing though…hopefully they’ll read this and Wordle themselves!

Share this post with friends so they can Wordle too.  Post yours on the melissaAnne COLORS Facebook wall.  Let us see you Wordle!

Until next Wednesday…WORD!

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!