Keep Creativity Alive

afterallIt can be your greatest challenge at times to keep your creative juices flowing. I found an interesting article on this subject, here’s an excerpt; “According to neuroscience research, novelty activates specific brain systems, foremost among them the dopamine system which makes you feel happy.

So, when you perform the same routine every day, your work can get stale, prompting—often frequent—creative blocks. The novelty disappears. Consequently, working on multiple projects is an effective way to experience novelty in your art, and thus, an enhanced flood of dopamine.” Read the full article … READ MORE


  • Maggi Williams Summerhill

    Reply Reply September 29, 2016

    My mind works like this; I always work on multiple projects, even when I do tedious things as accounts, cleaning, eating my lunch…. what really trips me up creatively is the daily chores. You know like the washing up, the cleaning and shopping, the kind of jobs that are never done before you have to start again. I have no problem in coming up with ideas for painting or writing because the possibilities are endless and there is a beginning, a middle and an end. Am I alone?

    • andymo7_wp

      Reply Reply September 29, 2016

      Well I’m a lot like that myself. I actually have more ideas than one person could possibly get to. So I think I understand what you’re saying.

  • Judith A. Rowland

    Reply Reply March 7, 2017

    Hi Andy,

    I have a different perspective. I find that when I multitask I cannot focus and quietly reflect. A dichotomy between who I am and what I create…….and what I believe others expect of my work,… raises it’s ugly head. My mind is on constant alert, evaluating every action, color choice and stroke of paint…rather than experiencing what’s in the present moment. Consequently I find myself judging the act of creating art and the work in progress each step of the way…….rather than appreciating the joy in simple creation.

    The result is that my work lacks the expansiveness…the enthusiasm and simple, direct, spontaneity that singular focus provide. When I simply focus on one thing at a time my paintings sing and it’s much more fun. That said. I love the vibrancy and the lilt in the student paintings of “beyond The Brush.” Thank you for sharing these.

  • Bobbie Ann Pimm

    Reply Reply March 27, 2017

    Hi Andy! I agree with most, if not all of this. I am particularly familiar with resistance as it relates to the dreamwork I do. Resistance is why most people don’t pay attention to their dreams. Whenever I feel myself resisting digging deeper into a dream I know that it means there’s something there that I need to learn.

    I’ve come to recognize that resistance in my artwork, too, and realize that it’s fear that’s holding me back. That’s when I say, “To hell with it — just go for it!” and take a chance trying something new.

    I also particularly agree with having multiple types of projects. As I’ve mentioned in the group, I’ve taken my abstract painting into different areas and now I’m designing lamps, vases and other home decor items and really enjoy doing it … and there’s always a canvas ready whenever I am.

    Thanks for sharing the article. It was a good read.

  • Alison

    Reply Reply July 20, 2017

    Its interesting, as I was driving home an hour ago I was thinking to myself “Why can I not just get myself into some sort of routine/genre instead of having all these ideas going through my head.” Then here is the article. Thank you for sharing. I will just plod along where the wind of Art shall take me.

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