I learnt something interesting and important about the art of being creative this past week. Creativity does not favour the conscious mind. You cannot think your way into a design, art-work or any other form of creative expression. All you can do is let go, and let flow.
Sure you can lay the ground work by thinking about the problem/brief carefully, jotting down or doodling ideas. You can do research and think critically about the piece you want to embark on. But if you are to condense those tomes of writing, thinking and analysis into an actual work of art, you must let go.
Jump into the abyss, trust your instincts, rely your subconscious. Put your pencil to paper and draw. Lay your fingers on the keyboard and type…or play.
Quiet your mind.
Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-consciousness. Freedom discovers man the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or about to make. – Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)