One of the things about the age that we live in is that we tend to compartmentalize our lives in order to cope with the huge volume of stuff we have to do every day.

Therefore when it comes to being creative we also put that into boxes. A box for inspiration, one for creating, one for marketing and so on. Now that’s OK, EXCEPT when we get stuck in one of those boxes and find ourselves on a bit of a detour so to speak. One of the really big boxes we can get stuck in is the INSPIRATION box. If we are constantly searching for inspiration and feeling that we don’t have enough to get started with, we can end up producing nothing for a very long time.

 

 

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A far better way to think about our creative projects is that they are a flow, a process. Yes of course we need the inspiration and excitement that generate a project, however we do not want to become addicted to the high of this stage of the process. Inspiration is like water that flows down a hose. It’s no use so long as it is stuck in the tap or if the hose has kinks in it cutting off the flow. It’s also no good to us if we are pointing the hose in the wrong direction.

So if you find yourself never being able to get started, or you get stuck in the middle of something, ask yourself where you are in the flow?

 

Creative Flow

Creative Flow

 

This Weeks Question: How well does the water of your creative process flow? Where are the kinks in your hose?

Creative Inspiration

This is a topic that is pretty much endless. We all find inspiration from different things;

  • The colors in a photo
  • Clouds
  • Visiting ruins
  • A trip to the circus
  • Rummaging at a fair
  • Watching the shadows on tree branches

……..to name just a few. Here are some wonderfully creative ideas others have explored, and perhaps they will give you some inspiration.

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Books are no longer just for reading – what other things might we do with them – This was a,  promotional piece for the Anagram Bookshop in Prague.

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Photo: Christine Chitnis.

I love this concept.  When we look at wooden objects, how often do we think about the tree that gave birth to them? Rarely I would think.

Then there are the wonderful creations people make out of – well just plain Junk! Re-purposing rather than recycling is becoming more and more popular.

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And on occasion there are even practical things created such as this beauty, crafted from  stainless steel panels from old appliances and body panels from a kayak and a doghouse.

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I found this on the Green Diary Blog –  they have many more interesting creations there if you want to check them out.

There are many ways to be inspired and I have covered several of them in our converstions here.  One easy way to get yourself back into the inspiration zone is to visit one of your favourite places.

  • What is the place that really speaks to you?
  • Where in the world makes your heart sing?
  • Is there more than one place?

So why does this help? Simply because when you go to those places you connect to something deep withing your self .  Its like a home coming and often you are impelled from within to respond creatively. Here are two of my favourite places….

Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand

Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand

And another also filled with light and water…..

Venetian Canal : Photo - Kadira Jennings

Venetian Canal

There is something about both of these places that I am drawn to again and again.   I have only been to Venice once but all I have to do is get out my photos and I feel inspired all over again.

  • What is your special place and how can it inspire you to create something today?
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