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The Art of Creative Writing

Before I begin this post, I know what you are thinking “is writing an art form?”. I know most people only associate art with drawing, painting, sculpting and music, but writing, and especially writing poetry, is commonly excepted as an art form, and for good reason. The video below is of several speaking events given by legendary best selling author Stephen King. He speaks openly about his process of writing he has used over the decades of his legacy.

How to Grow Your Idea

The biggest obstacle that gets in the way of making progress in your writing journey is developing patients. Only through time do good ideas turn into great ideas, like a little piece if grit transforming into a pearl. Steven goes on to explain how he had the idea for “Under The Dome” when he was teaching high school in the 1970’s but at the time the idea was just to big for him to take on. Only through years of developing did the story grow into maturity.

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Turning Bad Situations Into Great Ideas

Stephen goes on to tell the story of how on a recommendation from a friend, brought his motorcycle that was running poorly to be fixed on a remote farm close to his residence in Maine. He describes how he barely rolled up to the farm just before his bike died only to be approached by a large scary looking dog. What seemed to be a bad day turned into his idea for the book Cujo, which was a best seller and was made into a movie.

After watching that video of Mr. King, you might feel really inspired and feel you could go write the next best seller, which is great! Then reality sets in when you sit down to start. You start second guessing every word you write and begin comparing yourself to successful writers and before you know it, you have convinced yourself you can’t do it. This is a very common pattern that most writers go through. The key is to remember that you are unique and at one time these well known writers were un heard of and feeling the same doubts that you do. The good news is that there are services that can help you write your book much faster than if you were to go at it alone. While there are many options out there to choose from, the Write A Book Foundation in my opinion is a great choice. They have years of ghostwriting, editing, and book publishing experience helping up and coming authors from around the United States. If you feel stuck in the process of writing your book they can provide you with great support, plus they offer free consultations.

In closing, always remember that you never know when a life changing idea could come your way. Embrace the struggle in your life and use it for growing. People identify with struggle because everyone experiences it in some way. If you are breathing than you should never give up on your dreams.

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3 Interesting Types of Sculpture Art

It’s probably no surprise but sculpture might be the oldest art form in the history of the world. Sculpture began with our ancient ancestors and has been passed down generation to generation and is still practiced and appreciated by art lovers around the world today. There are basically to types of sculpture material forms. 1 being additive and the other being subtractive. In this post we’ll look deeper into 3 interesting forms of sculpture.

Marble Sculptures

When most people think of a marble statue they think of ancient Greek statues like the Laocoön and His Sons (pictured above) currently situated at the Vatican Museum in Rome. This is an example of subtractive sculpture due to a large slab of marble being taken from the earth and chipped away into the 500+ year old masterpiece viewed by thousands old tourist every year.

Paper Sculptures

I know what you are thinking, paper for a sculpture? Yes, I know it sounds strange but Origami and Paper Mache are forms of sculpture. The orgin of Paper Mache actually roots back to ancient China where they used it for making helmets for battle. I can personally remember using it in second grade for an art project that was really fun, but messy. While maybe not the prettiest form, it is still very interesting.

Sand Sculptures

Being a beach lover, my personal favorite sculpture material is sand. It is solid but not really solid due to the fragile nature of sand. It is the oldest form of sculpting material in the world due to its massive abundance. The video below displays some wonderful artist in time lapse, showing the pieces from start to finish. They make it look way to easy if you ask me.


The Transformation from Ancient Paintings to Present Day Photography

Through out history art has been a source of pure inspiration for people all over the world. From ancient times people have expressed themselves through painting, writing, and storytelling. Even though modern day technology has transformed the world in many ways, we all still enjoy and are inspired by these same art forms are ancestors enjoyed. In this post we will look at ancient forms of art have transitioned into the modern day tech that we all know and love.

Paintings to Images

Long before modern day cameras, painting was the only form to visually communicate an idea. It is estimated that the oldest paintings go back 40,000 years and are thought have been created by early humans referred to as Neanderthals. Of course this is all speculation but the point is the art of painting goes way back.

The very first photograph with a camera in 1826 was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce through heliography, followed by the first color photo in by James Clerk Maxwell in 1861. This break through technology now made in possible to create a picture perfect image that would normally take hours or days to complete through painting which of course could never be as perfect as a photograph.

Why Painting Remained After Photography

Just as like a painting can never capture the perfection of a a photograph, a photographer can’t capture the feeling and emotion that a gifted painter can put into a masterpiece. Each art requires a lot of skill and talent to produce a remarkable result. While photography can get very technical with knowing what camera and lens set up to combine, lighting, angles, and post editing production, becoming a truly advanced painter has a steeper learning curve. Basically anybody can pick up a high end camera and produce decent if not stunning images with a little messing around and maybe a youtube search, but it’s very easy to spot a first time painter compared to an experienced pro. Painting is a skill that requires more time to develop skill and expertise which makes it still a very large market around the world.

Conclusion: Which is best for you?

If you are a person you like really quick results then photography is most likely a better choice, but if you like to really take you time on one project then the ancient art of painting from hand is for you. Either way these art forms are both here to stay for a very long time and will be enjoyed by future generations to come. The video below is a great look into the comparison of painting vs photographs.