Inspiration and creativity are must-haves for me. I make drawings, collages or mixed media in some kind of theme.
It helps me keep my creative skills flowing.
An intermezzo is a short piece of music written to be played on its own or as part of a longer piece. For me, it’s a welcome break from my daily activities.
In the video are a couple of examples.
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10% inspiration and 90% perspiration
Thomas Edison said success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. A variation was offered by Albert Einstein: Creativity is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. And more adaptations can be found while browsing the internet.
They all come down to the fact that neither creativity nor inspiration just comes by chance. We must accommodate the conditions for inspiration to do its work.
Create your own conditions
Now that I’m retired, I create those conditions through my 365-day challenges.
When I was still a graphic designer, my agenda was partly lived by the assignments of my clients. Even then, I gave both myself and my staff free assignments to constantly find new avenues for our creativity.
We brainstormed about subjects by writing down all kinds of words. These lists were the starting point to either draw, build, or photograph scenes. These could be realistic, illustrative, or abstract.
Trust me, once you start making a list, you can easily fill it with numerous words. I’ll give you some examples.
- Animals. This can be generic like bird, fish, or insect. More specifically are animals with pronounced skin, such as zebra, snake, turtle, peacock. All kinds of pets. Zoo animals. Etc;
- Colours. Single colours or pairs, such as complementary colours or clashing colours;
- Objects. For instance, chairs, staircases, doors, knots, bicycles, umbrellas, flags;
- Subjects. Symmetry or its opposite asymmetry, party, perspective, rhythm, shadow, light, movement.
My intermezzo images were an encore. After posting photos or drawings around a theme on Instagram and my website for a month, I made a kind of visual summary.
Where do you get your inspiration from? Tell me in the comment box below.