Creative Minds

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To expand means to broaden, develop and increase.

So what to expand? If you increase your knowledge about yourself your work will become more authentic and personal.

Most creatives do best in their art if their knowledge covers a large, wide area. A wide scope of knowledge allows the artist to make many different connections in the practising of his/her art.

Developing your practical knowledge about your art form – materials, principles and techniques, and the varieties of application of your materials – will allow you the freedom to better express yourself in your art.

Broadening your knowledge of the creativity process will allow you to make original and unique connections between the different elements of your art. Knowledge of creativity will also help you to weather the ups and downs of being an artist eg. how to survive and overcome artist’s block.

Knowledge gleaned from biographies and autobiographies of other artists will increase your understanding of the process and struggles they went through in their art careers. Weaponed with this information you’ll have more sympathy and understanding for your own path in your art career and life.

Equipping yourself with the above knowledge as much as you can, you are less likely to become blocked because you should always be able to think of something different to try out, be it a new technique or perhaps a change in perspective on your art work.

Do you need to expand your knowledge in any of the above areas?

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The combinationof knowledge and creativity goes hand in hand with richness in people’s lives. Knowledge and creativity are inseperable and interrelated. Knowledge is developed by creativity and creativity is enhanced by knowledge.

“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.”

Adolf Berle

Truly successful creatives are always willing to learn more. They have a lifelong enthusiasm for learning and studying. They are on a never-ending quest for knowledge. They continuously ask “What if?” and if they don’t know the answer, they won’t leave a stone unturned untill they find out.

The more you expose yourself to knowledge and new ideas, the more information you have at your disposal with which to invent new, original connections.

When you find your well of creativity has temporarily dried up, expose yourself to new information: attend a class on an unknown topic, do research on the internet or read books, surround yourself with inspiring things like flowers, paintings, quotes and music. Keep a pen and paper handy everywhere you go and write down any small piece of information or fraction of an idea, no matter how stupid or irrelevant it may seem at the time. Eventually you will start making connections between bits and pieces of knowledge and ideas.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have a thirst for knowledge?
  • Should I be more studious regarding creativity and my chosen field of creative activity?
  • Do I manage my quest for knowledge?
  • Am I doing sufficient knowledge management to optimize my creativity?

In order to have a high tolerance for uncertainty you have to be able to accept and endure things you dislike or disagree with in a neutral and open way. A low tolerance for uncertainty might be expressed in denial or creating your own certainty (which might not accurately reflect reality). Both of the last two coping meganisms are likely to result in confusion, lack of confidence, doubt and anxiety, to name just a few, none of which are not conducive to creativity.

A high tolerance for uncertainty will enable a creative person to experiment more and take more risks. The result might well be more mistakes, but also considerably more successes and knowledge. Creatives who can tolerate high levels of uncertainty will be more creative and productive simply because their thoughts are focused on their creativity and not on anxiety, confusion and doubt.

Better communication and mindfulness can increase your tolerance for uncertainty. Better communication with others and yourself will decrease anxiety, confusion and doubt, and increase confidence, all of which are beneficial for sustained creativity.

Mindfulness is the act of observing your own thoughts, accepting them and refraining from judging them. Mindfulness will help you to become aware of thoughts and feelings that bother you. You are then in the informed position to take whatever action is necessary to resolve those thoughts and feelings.

Does your level of tolerance for uncertainty limit your creativity? Do you need to be more mindfull? Is there any action you can take to decrease your anxiety? What actions can you take to increase your tolerance for uncertainty?

Are you curious about creativity and the creative process? If so, you have come to the right place! This blog will deal with all aspects of creativity: from firing up your creativity to learning how to break through artist’s block. I will often suggest exercises you can try out. Any feedback on these exercises are always welcome and much appreciated.

A general definition of creativity is the ability to create.  A creative mind might reflect any, if not all, of the 38 qualities I have identified by observing my students. Starting 29 January 2009, I will publish a post on each of these qualities.

Examples of my artwork can be seen on www.artcraft.co.za .

Positive as well as negative feedback on the content of this blog are always welcome.


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