More creativity quotes

Creativity quotes by people you’ve probably heard of…

Pablo Picasso

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up”

Vincent Van Gogh

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced”

Salvador Dali

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it”

Jack London

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club”

Dr. Seuss

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try”

Steve Jobs

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while”

George Bernard Shaw

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?”

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Whenever I fly to Chicago Midway airport I look forward to seeing these rows vehicles. They stand out so much from the rest of the landscape because of their bright colors.

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Creative discipline

One of the benefits of being older is learning certain truths when it comes to producing creative work. One thing I’ve come to know as reality is the idea of discipline, especially as it relates to creativity. This is especially true if you’re working on something that requires many small pieces of creativity, like a series of videos, or photographs, or even scenes in a stage production.

Once I know the end goal – the win – I break down the milestones and set aside time to accomplish each one, knowing that they’ll all add up to the final piece. With a plan established I am free to create the various pieces of the project and not have the “fog” of wondering if I’ll make the deadline.

Remember to plan the work, and work the plan.

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This is one of my favorite spots for morning photography. It's just outside of Columbiana, OH and the eastern sunrise often bathes this hillside in just eh right light.

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Take a break

A recent study was done with Millennials (18 – 29 year olds) and they wanted to find connections between this generation and church architecture. Specifically, they wanted to see if there were identifiable preferences when it came to design layout and architectural features.

One of the takeaways from this study was the idea of “respite”. It turns out Millennials are so busy and distracted that they prefer areas in churches that allow them to pause and reflect or have a conversation.

This same idea is true when we create – especially when we finish a major creative project. It’s good to take a rest, a break. It’s good to have down time. Someone once said: “Divert daily, withdraw weekly and abandon annually”. Remember to build rest into your rhythm.

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This time of year is beautiful on route 80 through Pennsylvania.

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Pick and choose

We all have seasons where our schedules are disrupted by planned or unplanned events. Those events affect what we prioritize because there is always a finite amount of time. Sometimes this means reducing or perhaps putting on hold our creative projects, unless of course we create for a living.

I think it’s important for us to give ourselves permission to “take a rest” periodically and not obsess over getting it done just for the sake of getting it done. Recently I’ve been involved in a theater production that has been wonderful to lead. My wife and I co-directed the show and it is always an incredible time commitment. And it’s been freeing to give myself permission to not blog as much and reduce the time I normally spend on other routine creative projects.

If you find yourself in the midst of a busy season, build in times of respite even if it means reducing your creative pursuits. Remind yourself this chapter will eventually be over and you’ll be able to re-order your time commitments again.

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Access

You’ve probably experienced a time when you’re creating something and you become absolutely absorbed in the process. Time is lost. You’re oblivious to the outside world. And when you’re done you think back and wonder how you could be so focused and productive.

This is called many things like “flow” or being “in the zone”. And the great thing about creating today is that you can keep the “flow” even if you’re working on a project that requires the computer and you get stuck on something. With search engines you can now get immediate access to a tutorial that helps with the exact issue you’re having. Many times I’ve been working on a photograph or video and need to know something. I just ask google via my microphone how to do it and hundreds of tutorials come up, both video and text-based.

So make use of the global knowledge that’s available and keep the “flow” flowing.

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This building seemed to have captured a world within a world.

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