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curious traits about the creative brain


This is a picture of our first ever Karaoke request! 1/20/2010.

OOOOOh, I  heard some really great stuff about what creative people have in common. There was a great segment on Sunday Morning this past week, and they talked about creativity! I can’t seem to forget this stuff, so I am passing it along.

Creative people had these traits in common:

Heightened curiosity!  Curious about everything, not only their interests. (this sounds like us)

Okay with failure (I think you have to be when making art, cause, well, you know)

Courageous!!!!! ( say yes to bravery, making stuff  up out of thin air is very courageous!)

Adventuresome! (absolutely, nothing better than an adventure! this whole big ride is an adventure)

Great sense of humor! (HUGE HUGE HUGELY IMPORTANT! In life, in art, in cooking (the way I cook) in every relationship, with yourself, with music, even with the dogs) huhh?

Rebellious (Yes we are!)

Like to push the envelope (PLEASE, ALWAYS AND THANK YOU)

AND, I love this part:

Creative people have a HIGH CAPACITY TO SEE PATTERNS IN THINGS. To make connections between unrelated things. To see relationships and make associations. Fresh associations. (Ok that was me, they didn’t say fresh)

I swear, that is how I look at all the art I make! Fresh Combinations! It’s true with cooking, and song writing, and painting, and getting dressed, and writing and music and sooo many things we are interested in!

If you are interested, check out this link for ABC’S  Sunday Morning show, aired on January 10th Titled “The Wellspring of American Creativity”;contentBody  

It is a fantastic show, and one that we “tevo” because it never disappoints! The alway have a focus on the arts, and I am grateful to them for introducing me to one of my all time, journalistic hero’s, Mr. Charles Kuralt. His “On the Road” series, where he criss-crossed America in a motor home for 25 years, brought so much pleasure to so many, simply by taking the time to illuminate the simple things in life. And he took the time to document nature, a quiet moment, without any additional sound each episode, a feature the show still ends with today. Beautiful.

The reason I am sharing the Karaoke ticket is because I have always been afraid of Karaoke! Scared me pants off!! But we did it anyway! I was not up there alone, I had the other half of our band, “The Partials” with me, and that helped tremendously! But when I look at the list above, several of those traits were a part of that little milestone. An adventure for sure, and more fun than fear!



Author: lynnwhipple

I am a girl and an artist. Short list of things I love: art, artists, painting, collage, mixed media, funny stuff, altered photographs, all things outdoors, freedom, smart stuff,music, writing, orange dogs and one eyed cats, all animals, chocolate, color, laughing, ideas, creativity, games, learning, dancing, yoga, summer, night time, cell phones and sneezing.

5 thoughts on “curious traits about the creative brain

  1. I am gonna check out that show! I think that list is a great one.

  2. I always watched Charles Kulralt and on the road as a child.
    I learned so much about America because of him.

    Shortly after he died it was revealed that he had a second family out west. I was crushed. Another childhood hero fallen off of the the pedestal.

    Oh, well. Sometimes the things we learn about our heros are best not known.

    • I heard that too, after his death and wondered about it. I guess you never really know. I do remember loving his book, I think it was called “A year on the Road” or something like that, where he picked his 12 most favorite places according to the month and season. It was so fantastic to me. His choice for the month of December was New York City. His perfect place for the holidays. He was such a foodie! And a lover of people and of nature. I should re read that book.

  3. He is sooo cool. Love the beginning of your boxes…looks fun!

  4. We always dvr The Sunday Morning Show also…it’s one of the rare shows we can sit down as an entire family of 5 to watch together …and every single episode is good! And interesting. And we learn a little something.

    have a good day ~

    love your work, btw.


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