At the meeting, my friend Pam http://pamprice.blogspot.com/ shared an article from the Wall Street Journal about creativity which I think is an important read. Here's the link ttp://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052970203370604577265632205015846-lMyQjAxMTAyMDIwMTEyNDEyWj.html?mod=wsj_share_email
The author, Jonah Lehrer talks about the many ways we all work through problem solving, including ignoring the problem, or not paying attention to it. "In the seconds before the insight appears, a brain area called the superior anterior temporal gyrus (aSTG) exhibits a sharp spike in activity. This region, located on the surface of the right hemisphere, excels at drawing together distantly related information, which is precisely what's needed when working on a hard creative problem." So, when I leave that
Lehrer, of course, points out that waiting around for spikes is not always the best way to use your time. "There is nothing fun about this kind of creativity, which consists mostly of sweat and failure. It's the red pen on the page and the discarded sketch, the trashed prototype and the failed first draft. Nietzsche referred to this as the 'rejecting process,' noting that while creators like to brag about their big epiphanies, their everyday reality was much less romantic.
'All great artists and thinkers are great workers,' he wrote." I think this is so true for me, because whenever I become complacent, thinking I will just throw something up and it will be wonderful, that I've got it all worked out in my brain, I'm disappointed. I have to go back and focus on the basics, on line, shape, color, etc.
According to Mr. Lehrer, one of the biggest boosts to creativity is to learn a new skill, try something unfamiliar, diversify your interests. "That's why it's important not just to bring new ideas back to your own field, but to actually try to solve problems in other fields - where your status as an outsider, and ability to ask naive questions, can be a tremendous advantage." This is where I tell you that I'm taking up a new passion, but I'm not. I will think about it though.