Moments of Creativity

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if entering the state of creativity could be as simple as turning on a light switch? Unfortunately it can’t and as artists we just have to relish the moments when creativity does flow.  But how do we know when we are ready to start creating? Is there a certain feeling? Do a certain series of events need to occur? Is there a best time of day or year? Actually, the more I think about it the more certain I am that I do not want to know the answers to these questions.  As frustrating as it can be, not knowing when creativity will kick in can actually be quite exciting.  It is not unlike the hunter in pursuit of his prey – you know the target is out there somewhere but you aren’t quite sure where it is or exactly how you are going to find it.

And so it is that I am writing this post after spending the best part of the last hour doing nothing much more than simply staring at a photograph on my computer monitor interrupted only by moments of pushing a Photoshop slider this way or that.  Nothing.  I can’t create a single thing.  Since the number of opportunities that I have to sit down and create something are becoming increasingly rare, (and are therefore very precious) I am often left feeling cheated and frustrated when this happens, which usually results in a feeling that my time has been wasted.  So why do I keep putting myself through it? I think the answer is because in those rare moments when creativity happens, it really happens.  My motivation is to find that moment and exploit it to the full because when it happens it gives me a buzz and I trip off into a timeless zone when my entire focus of attention is on creating.

But, for now its back to staring, hoping that I will be more creative the next time I am sat here.


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