Artist Spotlight: Erica Stinziani, Connecticut USA

Although she is more well-known for her wedding photography, Erica Stinziani of Stella Blue Photography caught our eye from her colorful and whimsical images of Cassie Stephens, art teacher extraordinaire (Issue #26).  A peek through the Stella Blue portfolio shows that same attention to detail that made Cassie’s photo-shoot images so fun, with a focus on capturing those fleeting moments and turning them into memories to be treasured for a lifetime.


Artist Spotlight: Nicolle Cure, Miami USA

Nicolle Cure is a Colombian-American artist based in Miami. Her work is mostly biographical and based on the use of acrylic ink and paint, pastels, and charcoals. Each creation is a fusion of the abstract and the surreal. 

Recently, Nicolle suffered from a sudden hearing loss, an unexpected experience that led to other debilitating health conditions. Nevertheless, this was the precisely the driving force for the creation of The Colors of Sound, an exploration of the relationship between sound and life, a reflection on how we listen to our surroundings.

Nicolle's goal is to raise awareness and spread hope through art during her recovery journey.

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Artist Spotlight: Murjoni Merriweather, Maryland USA

Murjoni Merriweather celebrates the human form in clay, specifically focusing on the African American experience.  Her work explores stereotypes associated with people of color, seeking to address and eliminate European standards of beauty that also often dictate black beauty through her study of form and texture.


Mag Minisode: Overcoming Creative Block


A creative block, also called writer’s block, is the state where a writer, artist or lyricist is unable to write due to a lack of inspiration. Many methods have been developed to combat this common problem. If you’re struggling with a creative block, here are some tips to help you overcome it.


Creative ideas can come from unusual places. The basket- ball court, your patio or even the kitchen can bring inspi- ration at times -- you just need to go and look for it. Many times, creative blocks occur because you’ve gotten too used to your work environment.


Keeping a journal helps you keep your thoughts somewhere that you can look back on them. Write about what’s going on in your life, overheard bits of conversation, or anything else that comes to mind. It’ll help you clear your mind, and when you look at it later, you may find some new inspira- tion.


If you experience a block while trying to write about a particular topic, list all the thoughts you have regarding it. As mundane as it seems, writing down even the smallest details can give you new insights to the problem, and help you find ways to work through it.


Try a different creative endeavor. If you’re blocked while writing, try drawing or dancing. Just do something com-

pletely different from what you usually do, and it’ll not only entertain you, but it might reignite your creative spark.


If you’re a artist, try doing some photography on the side. If you’re a writer, try your hand at a different genre, or try writing poetry instead of novels or articles. This can help reduce your block and may inspire other ideas.


Many creative types tend to neglect sleep, and you might have trouble sleeping while worrying about your creative block. Unfortunately, your writer’s block could be because you’re fatigued, so getting a good night’s sleep might help.


A consistent routine can help you overcome creative blocks. Even when you feel that your imagination has run dry, just keep on with your day -- it’ll be easier to overcome blocks when the creative moments are part of your routine, rather than if you wait for inspiration to strike before you start working.


Apps such as Lumosity are helpful in overcoming blocks. Based on neuroscience, this app in particular involves playing games designed to improve cognitive abilities such as memory and processing speed. This increase in neural activity also ignites the creative centers of the brain, which means that playing such games can help you overcome creative blocks too.

This "minisode from the mag" comes from issue #23 of Art Hive Magazine. You can find the article Overcoming creative block in print here: