| Angie Counios

Creative helpers

As I read The New Creative Artist I found the following ideas on creativity and process...

Emphasize the joy of creating, rather than the achievement of results. This is summed up in my idea of just working even though there is no consistent flow of funds yet.

Artist Robert Henri said:

“What we need is more sense of the wonder of life and less of the business of making a picture."

• Develop your skills. Skills build confidence.

“The discipline endured is the mastery achieved said Edgar Whitney. You will improve with practice. While you’re working, notice all the good things that you’ve done. Don’t dwell on mistakes. I need more skills, much more. I think having great editors helps the story teller in me feel more confident.

Expand your horizons. Experience stimulates your memory and imagination. Simply put this inspiration.

Trust your intuition. Pay attention to the inner voice that tells you when something feels right. Much of your creative problem solving occurs at an unconscious level. I strongly agree with this.

• Make creative thinking part of you daily life. Ask questions. Vary routines. Do the unexpected. Creativity becomes more accessible when you learn to act more impulsively in your everyday life. Change starts your creative juices flowing and makes you more observant of what’s going on around you. The routine of creativity-sort of...yes!

Smash creative blocks. Change the problem or sneak up on it from a different direction. Try something fresh – a different point of view – a new way. I suppose this can look different for everyone. Reading different books, watching movies, going to the gallery just to see something different. I think ruts happen easier than we think.

Desire

All these points are useful to creative process but the number one thing we need to have is desire to carry on and smash those blocks, be curious about the process, listen to our intuition. Without that fire in our belly nothing else matters.

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