Are you an artist, looking for a free retreat opportunity? Here are some places in the UK, Europe, the US and South America that offer free or very cheap retreats for artists, performers and writers. Retreats are an essential for the writer or artist. On retreat, all you have to do is hone your craft, … Continue reading Free retreats for artists, writers and performers
Life here at Casa Saraswati is full of plums. About two hundred kilos of them. The Plum Research Team have been busy making plum crumble, plum jam, plum compote and getting drunk on the nectar that is pure plum juice. While plums can be deliciously fun in the kitchen, there is also much wisdom to … Continue reading The heart wisdom of the plum tree
Is there a common process to creativity? Geoff Petty thinks so. ICEDIP is Petty’s six-phase model of the creative process. It divides the creative process into six phases: INSPIRATION, where you explore, generate ideas, have visions, research similar projects, brainstorm and dream. CLARIFICATION, where you discuss your aims, focus on your goals, research costs and … Continue reading ICEDIP and creative process
Do you ever give yourself a hard time for not being perfect? Would you describe yourself as a perfectionist? Is it possible to stop being a perfectionist? I’m a bit of a perfectionist… I should say ‘was’ a bit of a perfectionist because I’m sick of perfectionism. It’s rubbish. Now let’s define the difference between … Continue reading To hell with perfectionism
Where does genius reside? Is it learned, or innate? Or does it come from some external force? Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love” explores in a TED conference the idea that genius is outside the individual. Therefore, rather than seek inspiration internally, the artist should try calling his or her muse. This ancient idea … Continue reading Where do ideas come from?