Creativity is a gift

Michelangelo, Creation of Adam (detail from the Sistine Chapel Ceiling), 1508-12

Michelangelo, Creation of Adam (detail from the Sistine Chapel Ceiling), 1508-12

Steal from the greats.

In Mougins, France, in a secret room — a room within rooms — there was a vault with a combination lock, which housed several original pieces from some of the greatest artists, including Gaugin, Degas and Rembrandt. Next to these works were their duplications.

This heavily guarded room was a hidden part of Picasso’s principal studio, where he collected great works and tried to recreate them. “Bad artists copy. Great artists steal.”

T.S. Eliot’s quote: “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different from which it was torn.”

Reinvent yourself and your process.

In an interview with Charlie Rose, songwriter Paul Simon explained that he believes we’re born with a well of talent, but when we become successful, that well dries up. As such, we need to recreate ourselves.

Consider reinvention not just in terms of ourselves but also our creative process.

When we focus on reinventing how we create and what we create, we challenge ourselves to play with new perspectives, techniques and tools. This sparks our curiosity, boosts our energy and welcomes all sorts of insights.

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’”
Erma Bombeck

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Insights from Artists on the Creative Process

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