This is a great article on creativity, and although it is aimed at writer’s block sufferers, the symptoms and problems still remain the same for artists and art students. ‘The incubation period’, as some call it can be a blessing and yet so frustrating!
We all know that feeling when a creative idea or a spontaneous desire to finger paint with our kids overtakes us. There’s a rush of something akin to adrenaline but this is not the fight or flight response, and inspiration and creativity aren’t always birthed by stress, although sometimes great stress can lead to periods of greater creativity. The point is when we’re reading a good book, getting into the flow of writing or just enjoying the quiet beauty of a summer sunset, time disappears and our bodies feel lighter, more energized and there’s a whoosh of joy that washes over us. This is a wonderful state to find yourself in. Many people try to retain that feeling, to remain inspired and creative, but sadly for many of us this state is elusive.
There’s a reason for that. In a recent article in Psychology Today magazine, Art Markman went on…
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