Don’t wait until you know who you are to start making things.

There was a video going around the internet last year of Rainn Wilson, the guy who plays Dwight on The Office. He was talking about creative block, and he said this thing that drove me nuts, because I feel like it’s a license for so many people to put off making things: “If you don’t know who you are or what you’re about or what you believe in it’s really pretty impossible to be creative.”

If I waited to know “who I was” or “what I was about” before I started “being creative”, well, I’d still be sitting around trying to figure myself out instead of making things. In my experience, it’s in the act of making things that we figure out who we are.

Make things: know thyself
You’re ready. Start making stuff.
You might be scared. That’s natural.
There’s this very real thing that runs rampant in educated people. It’s called imposter syndrome. The clinical definition is a “psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.” It means that you feel like a phony, like you’re just winging it, that you really don’t have any idea what you’re doing.
Guess what?
None of us do. I had no idea what I was doing when I started blacking out newspaper columns. All I knew was that it felt good. It didn’t feel like work. It felt like play.
Ask any real artist, and they’ll tell you the truth: they don’t know where the good stuff comes from. They just show up to do their thing. Every day.
Have you ever heard of dramaturgy? It’s a fancy sociological term for something this guy in England said about 400 years ago:
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts…
Another way to say this:
fake it til you make it
I love this phrase. There’s two ways to read it: Fake it ‘til you make it, as in, fake it until you’re successful, until everybody sees you the way you want, etc. Or, fake it til’ you make it, as in, pretend to be making something until you actually make something. I love that idea.

Just Kids

I also love the book Just Kids by Patti Smith. I love it because it’s a story about how two friends moved to New York and learned to be artists. You know how they learned to be artists? They pretended to be artists. I’ll spoil the book for you and describe my favorite scene, the turning scene in the book: Patti Smith and her friend Robert Maplethorpe dress up in all their gypsy gear and they go to Washington Square, where everybody’s hanging out, and this old couple kind of gawks at them, and the woman says to her husband, “Oh, take their picture. I think they’re artists.” “Oh, go on,” he shrugged. “They’re just kids.”

The point is: all the world’s a stage. You need a stage and you need a costume and you need a script. The stage is your workspace. It can be a studio, a desk, or a sketchbook. The costume is your outfit, your painting pants, or your writing slippers, or your funny hat that gives you ideas. The script is just plain old time. An hour here, or an hour there. A script for a play is just time measured out for things to happen.
Fake it ’til you make it.

Courtesy: by Austin Kleon

Dutch Envoy Calls for Increased Art Cooperation with Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Netherland's Ambassador to Tehran, Cees J. Kole, asked for the further expansion and bolstering of cooperation between Tehran and Amsterdam in various areas of art, and appreciated the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) for its efforts in this regard.

"There are many museums in the Netherlands which are eager to cooperate with the TMCA," Kole said during a visit to an art exhibition in Tehran on Sunday.

He also promised to launch consultations with the Dutch museums in a bid to explore proper avenues for the expansion of artistic cooperation and exchanges with the TMCA in particular, and with Iran in general.

During the visit, the TMCA caretaker Mahmoud Shalouee referred to the current cooperation between his museum and Rotterdam's Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in displaying the masterpieces of the Dutch painter, Kees van Dongen (1877-1968), and expressed the hope that such art cooperation between the two countries would further develop and consolidate in future.

"Undoubtedly, this would help to the further development of cultural and art relations between the two countries," he added.

In September, the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art shipped 'The timely forwarding of the Trinidad Fernandez' for an exhibition in Rotterdam.

Masterpieces of the Dutch painter went on display at Rotterdam's Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in an exhibition named 'All Eyes on Kees van Dongen'.

Arts world reacts angrily to ‘ministerial meddling’ in Belfast Festival

By Lesley-Anne Henry
Friday, 25 March 2011
Nelson McCausland
Nelson McCausland
Artists have lambasted Culture Minister Nelson McCausland for what they see as his attempts to influence the programming of one of Northern Ireland’s most popular arts festivals.
The DUP man has called for pro-Israeli views and Christian music to be included as part of the programme.
The request was made in an email to Belfast Festival at Queen’s director Graeme Farrow, which has been made public following a Freedom of Information request.
Yesterday Mr Farrow declined to comment publicly on the controversy. However, other artists, actors and directors have rounded on the minister and slammed his intervention.
“You couldn’t write it,” said Peter Quigley, a director of the Belfast Fringe Festival.
“He’s not an artist, he’s a politician. It highlights the provinciality that exists here with our Assembly.
“You would not get that statement coming from the minister for culture in Britain. But here they seem to think that they know better. There is a small-mindedness.”
The Belfast Festival at Queen’s is supported by a number of funders including the Ulster Bank which announced a three-year sponsorship deal of £1m in 2008.
It has also received £300,000 in funding from DCAL over the past three years.
Last year Mr McCausland criticised a Belfast Festival debate on the Middle East for not being balanced because pro-Israeli academic Professor Geoffrey Alderman had his invitation to the event withdrawn.
And the minister also criticised what he described as excessive swearing in the play Black Watch.
Will Chamberlain, artistic director of Belfast Festival of Fools, said: “The minister has a right to express what he would like to see on a programme, but to demand from an independent organisation that they start channelling funding is, in my view, an abuse of power.”
Belfast Telegraph arts critic Grania McFadden said: “Festival organisers are very skilled in the programming of their events and it is always worrying if any other side parties try to influence them.”
The minister was unavailable for interview yesterday.

However a spokesman said: “The minister wrote to the Belfast Festival organisers in order to try and encourage more openness and inclusiveness.

“In relation to the issue of Israel, Mr McCausland wrote to the festival organisers after they cancelled the invitation of a Jewish academic to participate in a panel discussion and apologised for inviting him in the first place.

“With regard to the issue of music, it is a fact that gospel singers have taken part in the festival before and met with enthusiastic support.
“Mr McCausland merely expressed a view that the festival should build on that success with more of a popular musical genre.”
”Only through wilful misinterpretation of his comments could anyone justify the claims that have been made.”
Last year Professor Geoffrey Alderman, the lead columnist on the Jewish Chronicle, was invited to join a panel of speakers to discuss the Middle East conflict at the Belfast Festival at Queen’s. However, the invitation was withdrawn days before the academic was due to fly in to the province. Professor Alderman was invited to join the planned discussion after the Northern Ireland Friends of Israel group complained that the speakers on the panel, Avi Shlaim and QUB professor Beverly Milton-Edwards, were both critics of Israel, so the event would be unbalanced.

This Goes to Parents. It is good to Incourage your Kids when it comes to Creativity!

Impostor syndrome

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The impostor syndrome, sometimes called impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome, is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments. It is not an officially recognized psychological disorder, but has been the subject of numerous books and articles by psychologists and educators. The term was coined by clinical psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes in 1978.[1]
Despite external evidence of their competence, those with the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be.
The impostor syndrome, in which competent people find it impossible to believe in their own competence, can be viewed as complementary to the Dunning–Kruger effect, in which incompetent people find it impossible to believe in their own incompetence.



[edit] The impostor syndrome and gender

The impostor syndrome was once thought to be particularly common among women who are successful in their given careers, but has since been shown to occur for an equal number of men.[citation needed] It is commonly associated with academics and is widely found among graduate students.[2]

[edit] Notes

[edit] References

  • Pauline Clance (1985). The Impostor Phenomenon: Overcoming the Fear That Haunts Your Success. Atlanta: Peachtree Publishers. 
  • Joan C. Harvey; Cynthia Katz (April 1985). If I'm So Successful, Why Do I Feel Like a Fake: The Impostor Phenomenon. St. Martin's Press. 
See also: Pauline Clance's Impostor Phenomenon Reference List

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Purple potatoes with lavender and herbs

April 8, 2011 |  by Tricia  |  potatoes

Purple potatoes are not something you often see on a menu or are served when you go to someone’s house— I’d like to see this changed. They have a gorgeous purple hue and are a hybrid of the taste and texture between waxy potatoes (red, yellow, fingerlings…) and your basic spud (hello, Idaho). This time of year, with the weather still in flux—some days it’s warm and sunny, the next it’s chilly, blustery, and raining harder than will allow you to ride your bike without the mud streak up your back—it is nice to ease into your spring palate by alternating those lovely tender asparagus and sweet peas with a warm dish that infuses the freshness of the season. And purple potatoes are your vehicle of choice. They pair wonderfully with fresh, spring herbs such as lavender, thyme, and rosemary—especially the lavender. I’m not sure if it’s because the two share a common color, but this is a deliciously memorable combination.

I’m transfixed with the amazing taste sensations that happen when you pair similar colors together. Instinctively, I cook with color and try to make dishes have a variety of colors from the rainbow in it. However, putting the same colors together, while not instinctive, has opened up Pandora’s box in the kitchen for new ideas for recipes.

Lavender & Spring Herb Purple Potatoes Inspired by Color Me Vegan
Make sure not to overdo the lavender, it can become overpowering (like perfume) if overused. I like a little extra pepper, I use both pink peppercorns and black, and a flaky fleur de sel for a hint of crunch and perfect saltiness. I also added more fresh thyme, more garlic (whole cloves are a gooey, sweet compliment post roasting), and rosemary. It was fresh, happy, and tasted like spring.

  • 1-2 pounds small purple potatoes

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 6-12 cloves garlic, whole

  • 2 tablespoons dried culinary lavender

  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme

  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped

  • 3 large red/purple onions, peeled, halved, and quartered

  • Pink and black pepper, to taste

  • salt to taste

  • fresh lemon juice (about half a fresh lemon)

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Boil the potatoes until they are just tender—you can usually poke them with a sharp knife and it will come out fairly easily and clean when they’re soft enough. If the potatoes are smaller, you can boil them whole, but if they’re bigger, quarter them up before you put them in the pot.
    While the potatoes are still warm, transfer them to a baking sheet and give them a good mash with a large fork. Add the onions and garlic. Pour the herbed olive oil mixture on top and toss until evenly coated with your hands. Season with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes, depending on how you like your potatoes (softer or more crunchy). They’re done when the onions take on a golden hue and are crispy around the edges. Remove from oven and splash the fresh lemon juice over the potatoes to brighten everything up. Serve warm and enjoy!

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