Creativity. Now, this is a subjective word if there ever was one. Most people consider artists creative, and obviously there is a lot of merit to this assumption. But many of the best artists are just tapping into their inner mathematician – making connections, seeing the world through an ordered process that may, on the outside, look like chaos.
Pollock’s splatter art tableaus have been studied by a complex computer program (mainly to detect fraud) that found what may have seemed like happen stance was really a methodical approach. In fact, his work has the same affect on the brain as looking through the interwoven branches of trees. Some people are just gifted.
So, creativity, how does one “get it?” And if you don’t feel particularly creative can you manufacture it? I think creativity is about the lack of fear.
Fear kills creativity…
Fear tells you nothing is really possible, that what you want can’t happen, that your dream is crazy. Creativity is the ability to suspend disbelief.
When I need to get creative I picture my mind as an open field and all the good stuff is on the outside. So I shake that field and watch the edges open up and all the good stuff roll in.
If you want to be creative, then you can’t be afraid of limits. For the creative mind the word “no” does not exist.
If you want to get creative you have to kick fear to the curb. It can be a painful process to defy the odds (and the system) as many artists can attest — just take a look at Pollock’s unhappy end, never mind Van Gogh. But to really go there, to push your creative boundaries you have to take risks. If you want to get started, start saying no to fear.
Someone asked me to do a blog on creativity. They are in a similar industry, so I'm sure they were hoping I would shed a little light on the process, or at least offer up my take on how to tap into creative juices - within context, of course. Well, as you do when you riff, I went off track a bit, landing somewhere on Pollock and how the seeming chaos of his splatter art was actually pure and pleasing order (there is a computer program that can back this claim).
Creativity. I believe EVERYONE is creative, it's just expressed in different ways for different people. Creativity is something everyone needs because the process helps you solve problems and everyone has a problem to solve. Moms need to know what is giving their little ones gas. Kids need to know how to bend the rules and stay up late. PR agencies need to know how to get their clients coverage in the media. Media companies need to know how to position their titles to advertisers. And yes, visual artists need to find something new to paint (or sculpt or whatever.) So, since creativity is something we all can do, why not own it more. Declare yourself people! YOU are the creatives!