Creative art is not all that it seems

A different angle

Creative images for artists, just like the rest of the population are not always as they seem. And when things are not as they seem they usually fascinate us. In my experience, when the mind gets into this state of surprise images, sounds and compositions get hoarded away in our creative subconscious and we don´t even know it. These images sink and settle there and can come to fore, or our conscious part of our mind, perhaps many decades later.

These images such as the ones featured in the above video, posted by Fantastic Things, are, to me, examples of how surprise with a different perspective can lead to pulling a trigger to creatively thinking.

I believe that creativity is not a linear process and it takes different and diverse ways to stimulate peoples personal creativity. Videos of this nature help people like you look at the world differently. When you free your mind to do this you can´t help discovering. When you start discovering you end up with your own ideas and opinions and with any luck the result is some form of creative thinking.

Think creative not perspective

We must learn to accept that creativity is not really something you learn. But you can learn to be creative. What do I mean by this? Frequently, when I have taught painting, students have come to me and asked for classical tuition and training in areas such as colour mixing, composition, light and shade etc. Their view is that they need to learn the technical accepted ways of making art. But, underneath this notion is usually a deeper and more intriguing unspoken need. They feel, by studying in a classic linear manner, for example learning, how to draw perspective, they will somehow become creative. I do not think this is the case, I believe creativity comes from a far deeper well which is sourced by contacting the subconscious level of the brain.

Answer the underlying question

So, the advice I givto student artists sometimes confounds them because I answer the deeper question without addressing their expressed need to draw in perspective. What I do is a search for a trigger too. Experience has demonstrated, once a student discovers their own creativity then the laws of perspective do not seem as important to them. Let me explain. Quite often, a student will show me an image on a phone, in a magazine or a painting they are working on and struggling with. They will say things like, “I´m stuck with this what do you think I should do, does my picture need more colour, does it need more definition, does it need a figure or two?” In complete surprise, they listen to me as I microscopically look at details of their work and ask them “What would this 2-centimetre square part of your painting look like if it was 1 metre in size?” After a while, they forget about the question on perspective and start looking at the area of their work and begin in their minds to upsize and contemplate.

When they do this I get them to switch back to the question about perspective and answer it. They do not realise that the point about the microscopic part of their painting has now entered their subconscious and their imagination will work away in the background of their mind. Sometime weeks later they return to showcase work which I can trace back to this casual exchange of ideas. It is usually a lot more creative and noteworthy than the more laboured painting they originally showed me.  I discuss with them where they want to go with this new dimension in their art-making and voila my work is done!

The video above really is just another way of pulling a mental trigger so you can appreciate observing something differently and when you allow your mind to do this great thing can happen!

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