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Spring And The Art Of Creativity

September is Spring in the southern hemisphere, a time when we celebrate life in all its richness. Since my best friend also announced her pregnancy recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the cycles of creation in life.

Creativity Quotes:
Oh, Spring! I want to go out and feel you and get inspiration. My old things seem dead. I want fresh contacts, more vital searching – Emily Carr

It’s important to do the work that leads to our renewal, clarity and inspiration and then remember to taste it, experience it and let it flow – Linda Saccoccio

Spring And The Art Of Creativity
Spring is nature’s ultimate expression of creativity, and nature’s cycle from seed to flower holds powerful lessons for our own creative process.

Seed – The incubating period
New ideas are precious and need to be protected and nurtured gently in order to be able to grow. While you’re still gaining clarity on an idea, don’t undermine its chances of success by exposing it too soon. You do want to plant it in rich soil though, and feed it vital nutrients for gestation. You don’t need to fuss over it too much – just know that it’s there and keep coming back to check on it. Instead, nurture your idea by nourishing yourself – indulge in your favourite activities, follow your curiosity and intuitions, and leave lots of quiet reflective time for the idea to grow.

Seedling – Giving your idea form
Once an idea has taken root, it’s still in a very sensitive phase. It needs lots of attention with regular watering. Strengthen it with research and experimentation, feeding it ‘titbits’ from a variety of influences to spark off new possibilities. It’s vital to avoid all criticism at this point – this is the stage where one harsh word will destroy any chance of survival. Rather try out a variety of forms and expressions without expectation, to see where they lead you.
 
Flower – Taking on a life of its own
All that gentle attention pays off in this phase, as your idea becomes more robust, able to accommodate the unexpected, and where it starts to incorporate input from the rest of the world. As artists we are often surprised at the way our ideas turn out, expressing the sentiment ‘It wasn’t really me, I just let it happen”. This experience of creativity is one of the most powerful we can have. Your creations now have a life of their own, shaped by others’ input, unexpected influences, and even strengthened by criticism.

They are still yours though, and you have every right to be proud of the precious new addition you have brought into the world for all to share.

May your creations have the time and attention to become beautiful, strong and independent.

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Spring and the Creative Process

Capture the magic of Spring in your own life, by focusing on what is new or budding in your life, and bringing nature’s cycles into your creative process.

Seed stage: Take time to reflect and get in touch with yourself, delve into new interests, pursue your passions, and soak up new influences.

Seedling: Have fun experimenting with variety – if you’re decorating, start by swatching; for painting, give your idea form with style and colour; and find rich synonyms for your written ideas.

Flower: Put on the finishing touches, display your artwork for others to see – even if it’s just in your kitchen; record and play back your music, print and bind your own book, or even publish your work online.

Appreciate and respect the feedback you receive, and then move on to planning your next creative project… in tune with your own creative cycle.