“Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.”

—George Kneller

Thoughts on Creativity

Musings by our staff and facilitators

Here we share our occasional thoughts about the creative process, illustrating how it applies to more than just making art. Creativity can be an integral part of our lives, providing inspiration and direction. We welcome a conversation through your comments about our musings.

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Board of Directors
Thoughts on Creativity


Each Board Member has looked at what theme is active or has their attention, reflecting or musing on it as an artist from a creative process point of view.

A Meditation on Dread

January 2017 Barbara Rose Shuler Dread: A five-letter word defined as “great fear or apprehension.” This emotion, or mental condition, is a particularly human quality as it requires thought about the future, a consideration of what might be on the dark continuum of...

Watching Motion, Creates Emotion, or Sadness Mixed with Joy

January 2017 Illia Thompson: Watching Motion, Creates Emotion, or Sadness Mixed with Joy. After a visit from my Colorado family: son, daughter-in-law, their sons ages four and six, and Sophie, six month old rescue dog, I find myself holding quiet around me as though...

December Was…

January 2016 Marlie Avant: December was a “present” month. I am not a religious person, but I am a spiritual one. The kind of spirituality I call upon again and again is one that continually asks me to be present with what is. It does not ask me to rise above...

The Sound of Silence (revisited)

January 2016 Laura Carley: I have always enjoyed the mellifluous harmonies and poignant reflections of Simon and Garfunkel. Their song, “The Sound of Silence” is no exception. As a child, I didn’t know what the words meant, but loved it, just the same. A 7th grade...


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