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Flow Charts and Art

Wouldn’t it be great if we could refer to a set of directives, an A to Z of how to make a successful piece? If we carefully adhere to each step of the process, we will produce the ever sought-after masterpiece. Alas, making art is not quite that simple. Following a flow chart leaves out one very important element: personal intuition. If creative works were the product of intricate plans, how would the artist ever discover what doesn’t work? Thanks to things not coming out as planned, the necessary deviation could drive the artist to her next “style.” Aren’t we all trying to hone in on our own unique styles, only to find that it is ever-changing? Flow charts only work in hind sight. We can ea

Creativity and Inspiration

Waiting for the lightning bolt to hit you with inspiration for your next piece? Hitting a dry spell where nothing intrigues you to create? I came upon a quote the other day, that got me thinking differently about artist block. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” - Jack London Taking the passive path to creativity is no good. We shouldn’t wait for ideas to come to us like pennies from heaven. Instead, perhaps we need to put ourselves in environments that are out of our ordinary habit. Shop at a different market, eat at a new restaurant, take a car ride to that neighboring town that we’ve never felt necessary to explore. Set up a new Pandora radio station, ch

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