Creativity in Everyday life – Daydreaming

           Another of the artist’s best practices is daydreaming. I am still learning from the book ‘Wired to create’ by @Scott B. Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire (2015).  They are telling me it is OK to do things that I was told not to do as a child and an adult. Under the right circumstances, Kaufman and Gregoire say that daydreaming is a positive activity because it takes us away from our negative thoughts. Another benefit of daydreaming is that our inner thoughts are directed towards goals, aspirations and dreams.  We work out our ideas, learn to understand ourselves and work out social situations. 

For artists, daydreaming helps us sort out our ideas or process our ideas. The best ideas seem to come out of the blue, when we are doing something else or thinking of something else.  Our minds may seem idle but they are actually working out ideas.  Kaufman and Gregoire suggest taking a walk, doodling or cleaning when you are stumped or frustrated with a project.Daydreaming should be part of the artist’s toolkit, they insist. 

Kaufman and Gregoire maintain that by turning our attention to the inner world, we build a sense of meaning and hope as well as tap into our deepest levels of creativity. Research shows that dreaming about the future helps us reach our goals. 

One of the gurus of daydreaming is @Carl Jung.  He came up with a technique called creative visualization. He advocated that we should look into our subconscious to help solve problems in the conscious mind. Jung said that with practice, we could train our mind to shift between conscious and subconscious. Remembering our dreams is one way of doing this. 

Other ways to access our subconscious mind is to have a nice long, hot shower.  There, we are more or less free of distractions, we are relaxed and it insulates us from the external world.  No one can distract us. 

Another way is to take a walk, preferably in nature. Philosopher, @Immanuel Kant, advocated walks for ideas as did @Charles Darwin and @Henry David Thoreau, @William Wordsworth, @Freud, @Hemingway, @Jefferson and @Aristotle, just to name a few famous names.  

Immanuel Kant was an influential Prussian German philosopher in the Age of Enlightenment. In his doctrine of transcendental idealism, he argued that space, time, and causation are mere sensibilities; “things-in-themselves” exist, but their nature is unknowable.

The connection between subconscious and conscious is also related to mindfulness.   Mindfulness is an awareness of our environment and where we are in the moment. Mindfulness is the psychological process of purposely bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training. 

To me, mindfulness is paying attention to my painting process.  I become aware of every paint stroke that I do.  I carefully put down layers until I have what I want.  I put on low music with no words or no music at all and I focus only on my task.  

There are hundreds of articles on mindfulness. They basically say similar advice.  Learn to eliminate distractions and focus only on what you are doing.  Here are a few that could help you if you want to know more:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/in-depth/mindfulness-exercises/art-20046356

I hope this helps you.

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Creativity in everyday life – Playing around

Creativity is a way of life or a life style or interacting with the world according to the book ‘Wired to create’ by @Scott B. Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire (2015). The authors say that creatives have a tendency to be open minded, imaginative, intellectually curious, energetic, outgoing, persistent and self-motivated regarding their activity. This gives them a greater sense of well-being and personal growth. 

People who set aside time in their lives for their creative side have more of what is called ‘creative potential’.  Just the act of creating increases the person’s creative abilities.  They derive enjoyment from the act of creating therefore they tend to get MORE creative ideas. Having time to take risks in their creative endeavor, personal reflection, daydreaming and inner exploration help people their unique purpose and identity. Kaufman and Gregoire have identified ten habits of ‘creatives’.  These habits foster the creativity lifestyle that they love.

Imaginative play is the first trait that creatives all possess.

Play is essential is creativity. Play is considered a way to make sense of the environment in that children, in particular, rehearse their life, conquer fears or what they wish for. According to Kaufman and Gregoire play allows skills like planning, problem solving, organization of diverse content, language development, divergent thinking, curiosity, tolerance and general social skills. All play supports learning. 

Play is essential to creativity.
Forest by Doris Charest 8 x 8 in. on paper

This is the time when, as an artist, you try new techniques, figure out what works and what doesn’t, choose what works for you and continue in your art practice.

Kaufman and Gregoire say that playing and seriousness need to be combined for the best results.  Play gives us resilience, the ability to work through hard projects at work and thus increases your performance.  Increased performance and play makes us happy.  Who wouldn’t be happy if they managed to solve problems at work then go home to play or even have play time at work.  Kaufman and Gregoire add that adult life does not allow for enough time to play.  We live structured lives without time to daydream, imagine and play. 

As an artist, how can you integrate more play into your practice?

Can you give yourself one day a week or a month to just play with media, ideas or other artists?

Can you pick up a brand new medium and try it out without reading the instructions or taking a class on how to use this material?

Can you bring yourself to the Reuse Centre to find something to make art with that you have never used before?

Can you put big pieces of paper on the floor and paint for fun?

Make a list of things that you could do.  Every once in a while, pick one of these ideas and play.

Here are some links about creativity you might also want to see: 

https://creativesomething.net/post/149747194420/creativity-is-not-art

Documentary Film:The Creative Brain by @David Engleman

Or, you can take my creativity class on Udemy.com – A creative lifestyle

I hope this helps you.

Doris’ website: www.dorischarest.ca

I have creativity courses and art courses online at: https://www.udemy.com/user/dorischarest/

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Falling leaves 8 x 8 on paper

Creativity in everyday life – Bad days

Creativity in everyday life — Bad days

When things don’t go as you wish

Whenever things don’t go as you wish, do you throw a tantrum? Yell and scream?

What to do when you are having a bad art day.

Curse? No, but you want to? Well, I can relate. The urge to react strongly is very strong and often I want to. But, I only do this in private or in my head. I am, after all, an example to others. I want to be a classy artist not a childish, tantrum yeller kind of artist.

Pyschologically, that is not a good thing to do, according to the psychology books. You should let your frustrations out. Hence, the private tantrum. Otherwise, not letting that frustration out leads to internal reactions like tight muscles, upset stomachs or headaches. What artist wants those? They get in the way of creative moments and making your work.

How can you let that tension go? Here are some ideas for you to try:

1. Lay out some tissue paper on large plastic sheets. Dilute some acrylic paint in your favorite colours. Splatter, paint with bold marks and drip.

2. Lay out some sketchbook paper. You can tape it down if need be. Take the dictionary and open it randomly. Take your finger and point to a word randomly. Paint that word. Repeat this over and over.

3. Lay out large pieces of white paper. Take a 6 in brush and some house paint in different colours. Paint bold movements as you walk around the paper. If you need to, add a broom handle to your brush handle with some duct tape so that you don’t have to bend so much.

In no time, you will feel better. You will also have some great papers to use as backgrounds or as collage for your future work. You now have painted away your frustrations. Life is good again.

I hope this helps you.

Doris’ website: www.dorischarest.ca

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Creativity in everyday life -Creative people are different

Creative people are different

Creativity is one of my main interests and I have come across this book that claims that highly creative people do ten different things differently. The book is ‘Wired to create’ by @Scott B. Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire (2015). They claim that creative people have messy minds and that is what makes them different. That is to say, the process they go through to create a product is not linear. They will start with one thing, then another, discard one or both, start again, bring in new ideas, go back to the first ones and so on. The process of creatives is uniquely theirs and is different every time they create something new. Information comes from just about anything; a color here, a texture from there or even sounds or smells. Over the next few blogs, I will discuss their ideas.

As a painter and installation artist, I can say that this is true for me. I got my latest and best installation idea from some quilts that I saw in South Korea. They were fluttering in the wind in a window as we were going by. It was a fleeting moment but this visual mixed in with my desire to create an installation, having it portable, wanting something that is tall as well as something that I can paint was a trigger to a solution to my installation problem that I had been working on for the last six months. All this happened in a few moments and everything fell into place. You can call this creativity at its best.

Crossing by Doris Charest 8x 8in. on paper

Kaufman and Gregoire point out that ‘creatives’ (that is us) have diverse interests, influences, behaviours and ideas and they find a way to bring all these disparate elements together. Often the interests contradict each other but they continue to exist in the creative person. They add that creative people are complex and instead of being an individual, they are a ‘multitude’. The authors also add that a common trait of creatives is an openness to one’s inner life (that’s intuition and self-knowledge), a preference for complexity or ambiguity, a tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to extract order from chaos, independence, unconventionality and a willingness to take risks. Not all creatives have all these traits but a dominance of these seems essential to creatives. Creatives learn to harness their different views and draw new ideas from them.

Ideas for you on creativity:

One view: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/05/05/brassai-conversations-with-picasso-success-compromising/

A second view: https://www.thebwerd.com/compromise-become-compromising/

The good news is that creatives score high in the category of psychological health. They know themselves. Kaufman and Gregoire state that creatives adapt very well to changing circumstances. This is called plasticity; the ability to explore new ideas, objects and scenarios.

When it comes to idea generation, creatives are willing to put out ideas, select the original ideas and then select the best idea. The combination of working out ideas and making them valuable to society or useful. These two ‘seemingly’ contradictory ideas engages the creatives and stimulates them. ‘I wonder what would happen if’ is a common thought that creatives have.

I hope this helps you.

Doris’ website: www.dorischarest.ca

I have creativity courses and art courses online at: https://www.udemy.com/user/dorischarest/

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Fall beauty by Doris Charest 8x 8 in. on paper

Creativity in everyday life – One thing I learnt by doing art

One thing I learnt by doing art

Art has enriched my life in many ways. Surprisingly, I learnt patience to do my art as it should be done.

Patience.  Making art takes time and contrary to popular belief, it is not a one-step process.  One of my students told me: ‘I want it done right away and I want it to look good right away.’  This does not happen 99.9% of the time.  In painting, you need to layer colors, experiment with what color goes well with another, reposition shapes and even start over. Building your image slowly with many layers gives the subject more subtle variations in color and a more interesting look.  It is well worth the time to layer colors just for the beauty of the nuances.  Sculpture is much the same.  You build slowly, making small adjustments to the shapes in order to have just the right angle or look. 

    It takes time to develop as an artist and patience is a very important trait for an artist to have.  Who wants to wait for this to happen?  It goes beyond that.  We learn perseverance and fortitude with patience. Discipline in doing our work to helps move us in a positive direction.  Concentration shows strength of mind.   Patience enables us to develop, grow, and mature in our work as an artist.  Without patience, none of this could happen.  For more help, check out this blog: https://sandyaskeyadams.com/blog/57607/patience-a-most-esssential-tool-in-the-art-studio

   At times it may seem like you are not improving with your work, like nothing is happening, but there really is something happening.  You are making decisions. Taking little steps towards finishing brings greater rewards.  Working through the process takes patience and time.  Those who don’t want to bother with making that commitment to persevere through these difficult stages will not easily have productive results, if any.  Check out my class on Udemy.com ‘A creative lifestyle’ for ideas.  I include time saving ideas in the class.  

Hope that helps,

Doris

My artwork at the local restaurant

Doris’ website: www.dorischarest.ca

I have creativity courses and art courses online at: https://www.udemy.com/user/dorischarest/

For more information on mixed media by Doris Charest:

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All photography and artwork by Doris Charest

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