“The difference between abstract and representational painting is that once the action of painting in abstraction is experienced, nothing can stop that freedom.”
David Bowie on Art
Shared quotes with Elizabeth Gilbert.
You might think that new, innovative projects frustrate you. News flash: they frustrate everybody. Many talented, creative, and inventive people rage against their work, or even worse, stop doing their work because of the frustration that they encountered along the path of whatever it was they were trying to create. And they speak of this frustration as though it is this obstacle from outer space that is ruining everything,” But this discouragement comes from a fundamental misunderstanding of the relationship between frustration and creativity.
“The frustration, the hard part, the obstacle, the insecurities, the difficulty, the ‘I don't know what to do with this thing now,’ that's the creative process. So stop trying to find a solution that will make creativity easy or painless. It doesn't exist, and if you're not sweating and suffering at some time, the results almost certainly won't qualify as creative.
Don't try to go to war against it, that's such a waste of energy. Just converse with it and then move on.
Creativity can seem like magic -; one day the muse sings or lightning strikes and you’re gifted with a fully formed idea that changes everything. Viewed this way, creativity appears to be the province of the lucky few, but both science and many artists insist creativity is much more everyday than that. Mostly it boils down to combining old ideas in different ways, or porting insights from one area of endeavor to another.
Rather than springing into the world fully-formed, new invention is essentially the random mutation of old ideas. When those ideas prove useful, they expand to fill a new niche. The key to experiencing more breakthroughs is often to stop waiting for eureka moments to allow yourself to play and experiment more with ideas and concepts you’re already familiar with.
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