Margaret Keane: Overcoming Exploitation

In the 1960s, paintings of “sad-eyed children,” massively reproduced in posters and cards, became possibly the best-selling art in the world for a time, thanks to the tireless marketing by Walter Keane of “his” work. The “big eyes” images were owned by celebrities and hung in many permanent collections.

But Walter Keane was a fraud and plagiarist: the art was actually created by his wife Margaret Keane. The story is dramatized in the Tim Burton movie “Big Eyes.”

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Being Highly Sensitive and Creative

“Creatives often feel and perceive more intensely, dramatically, and with a wildly vivid color palate to draw from, which can only be described as looking at the world through a much larger lens.” – Jenna Avery

“Sensitive people, both children and adults, tend to be empathic, smart, intuitive, creative, careful, and conscientious.” – Elaine Aron

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Myths of Creativity and Creators – How They Hold Us Back

“I just thought making movies was something done by geniuses, and I was very clear that I wasn’t one of those.” Director Jane Campion

When “The Artist’s Way” author and creativity coach Julia Cameron has asked people to list ten traits they think artists have, their responses have included: “Artists are broke,” “Artists are crazy,” “Artists are drug-addicted” and “Artists are drunk.”

As creative people, even after achieving some recognition for our talents, we can experience self-critical thoughts and insecurity, such as impostor feelings – sometimes based on these kinds of myths we have picked up about creative “genius” or artists.

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Myths of Creativity and Creators

“I just thought making movies was something done by geniuses, and I was very clear that I wasn’t one of those.” Jane Campion When “The Artist’s Way” author and creativity coach Julia Cameron has asked people to list ten traits they think artists have, their responses have included: “Artists are broke,” “Artists are crazy,” “Artists […]

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Nicole Kidman on being highly sensitive

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