CURIOSITY: THE SPARK THAT IGNITES THE CREATIVE FIRE
After I've just completed a huge project, I often feel creatively spent. My inspirational well has dried up, and I feel totally empty. When that happens, I need to play -- to do something new, wild, and totally different from my usual form of expression. This energizes me and opens me to new possibilities.
Curiosity, often begins with play. Play allows space for experimentation, discovery and eventually inspiration. Once, after completing a one person exhibit of twenty of my fiber sculptures, I was dried up. Not one single inspiring idea floated into my brain. I asked myself, What can I do to free myself? What can I do to have fun? Because my sculptures were three-dimensional and technically laborious, I chose to go in the opposite direction and play with paints -- a two-dimensional, fast, expressive medium. I pulled out big sheets of paper and tapping into my inner child, I spontaneously splashed paint on paper. I had fun. I knew no one would see what I did. I asked myself, What will happen if I do this, or that? After several months of this playing, my focus eventually gravitated to writing and photography, which culminated in writing and illustrating my first book.
Curiosity, in the form of play, pulls me away from being stuck in one creative niche. It lets my creative expressiveness flow in any direction. Playful curiosity ignites the creative fire. It aids inspiration, because play frees my mind and clears my brain of rules and "shoulds". This openness, this soulful spaciousness, welcomes inspiration.
The same approach works for living a creative life. Spontaneous play open up space and energy to help us live more creatively.
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