Expand your capacity for uncertainty!
Everyone who has ever made something or fancies that they might ever make something should watch this no less than 6 times. So many aspects of the creative process, from psychology to perseverance to inspiration, are explored here.
Follow that with a whole mess of posts on creativity from Brain Pickings, and this advice from Charles Bukowski, illustrated by Zen Pencils:
Attention is an intentional, unapologetic discriminator. It asks what is relevant right now, and gears us up to notice only that.
Just between you and me, this is the kind of subject matter and style of art that is SO easy to work with. Fits in just about any decor, and is quite lovely, in my opinion. -Kathy
John Virtue is an English artist who specializes in monochrome landscapes. He is honorary Professor of Fine Art at the University of Plymouth, and from 2003–2005 was the sixth Associate Artist at London’s National Gallery.
This pretty much sums up the artist experience. But, as you know, we keep our cape & bunny slippers in the studio, so as not to spook the general population.
Source: Laughing Squid
You don’t even know what I would give to have a shot at decorating these spaces! -Kathy
Freestylers enter a “flow” state, which researchers described as a “complete immersion in creative activity, typified by focused self-motivation, positive emotional valence and loss of self-consciousness.” Their creative gate is wide open.
“It’s the absence of attention,” said [researchers]. “When the attention system is partially offline, you can just let things fly and let things come without critiquing, monitoring or judging them.” “It’s almost like you’re able to think faster. … You’re able to incorporate multiple perspectives without thinking about it.”
We think of great design as art, not science, a mysterious gift from the gods, not something that results just from diligent and informed study. But if every designer understood more about the mathematics of attraction, the mechanics of affection, all design — from houses to cellphones to offices and cars — could both look good and be good for you.