You Aren’t Creative Until You Pick a Project

You Aren’t Creative Until You Pick a Project I’ve been working with creative and performing artists and other creatives for more than thirty years, first as a therapist and then as a creativity coach. Among their many challenges is the following one, a challenge that...

The Astonished Apple

At the core of a creative act like painting or sculpting is the effort to make meaning (and not beautiful objects or money). We are very happy if we make objects we like and if we make money, but what we are really after as we create is the experience of making our...

What If You’ve Lost Your Confidence?

Dear Dr. Maisel: I’m wondering how important confidence really is to an artist—and if it is really important, what can you do if you’ve lost some of it—or a lot of it! Rachel L., Portland ** Thanks, Rachel. Yes, creativity requires confidence—and life can rob you of...

Finding Your Artistic Voice

Dear Dr. Maisel: I’ve been painting for a long time but I have the feeling that I still haven’t found my own voice as an artist. Do you have any suggestions for how an artist can go about discovering what she really wants to say? Leslie T., Flagstaff ** Thank you,...

How to Expand Your Repertoire

Dear Dr. Maisel: I have a certain style and I’m pretty comfortable doing what I currently do. But I also have the itch to stretch and try some new things. Do you have any suggestions for how I might expand my repertoire? Lionel F., Detroit ** Thanks, Lionel. There may...