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12 Steps thru Creativity

What follows are the steps that I use to guide me in my creative work. My mom noticed I was on to something in 2008, and told me to "write it down." I started drawing, then assigning names and thoughts to each picture. Here is the result!

Gather Information

1. VISION
Drawn by the exotic. Something external implants a creative vision. Listen for inner voices: “I want” , “I wish for” , “if only”.

2. EXPERIENCE
Let the heart beat, the body move. Loosen the constraints, let go, be free. If you don’t feel it, go through the motions and the mood will follow.

3. PERSPECTIVE
Test a variety of perspectives in order to better detect lenses through which life is viewed. Identify likes and dislikes.

Dig Deeper

4. USE EMOTION
Draw as you peruse emotion. Feel your body temperature, speed of thoughts, constriction of your throat, as you tap into the energy.

5. USE NATURE
Invite chance and circumstance into your decision making process. Incorporate the swaying of trees, the chirping of crickets—whatever grabs your interest.

6. USE LOGIC
Tap into your working/practical life and make connections. Include symbols, vocabulary, knowledge and challenges.

Process Information

7. DESTRUCT
Cut, crumple, tear. It’s okay to be destructive. Learn what feels how (release, constriction, loudness, segmentation, …).

8. STEP BY STEP
Choose materials and methods one step at a time, with no pre-conceived plan. Learn to set some pieces aside for incubation. Identify renewed energy upon return.

9. RE-ASSEMBLE
Collect shards, seemingly unrelated information. Sift, muse, meditate. Cater to whim; Watch as the picture develops.

Culminate

10. GEARS & INTER-RELATEDNESS
Zoom in. Accentuate, thicken. Zoom out. Add darkness, wispy lines, repetition. Zoom in. Create harmony in neighboring lines.

11. MISSION
View from a distance. What feels authentic? What’s unneccessary? Identify the essential message and mood. White out, fine-tune. Be fearless, honest.

12. ACTIVISM
Allow your artwork’s purpose to evolve (motivate, communicate, decompose,...) Stay tuned to the connection. Then let go.

Comments, Questions? Let me know what you think at cindy@pembrokedesigns.com.

 

May we find our vision, learn our way, define our path, and meet our purpose.