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The Heart of Creativity. Why? Where? How?


This 18 minute video is one of my favorites. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote Eat Pray Love, which I finally read last summer. I found the book to be a delightfully passionate and honest one, and so full of meaty research. But mostly I was taken by her sheer skill as a creative writer. This is about our creative muse…….


Art, when really understood, is the province of every human being. -Robert Henri

The Art Spirit is a small book that awed me when I read it. I remember him for this book more than his paintings, but he was a fine portrait painter. He taught that “when the artist is alive in any person… he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and he opens ways for better understanding.”

… And that “an artist’s job is to surprise himself. Use all means possible.” Don’t you love that?

A collection of his work is now showing through the first week of August at The Mint Museum, uptown Charlotte.

The Art Spirit. Robert Henri.