I watched this clip the other day from Elizabeth Gilbert (writer). She gives this talk about creativity and inspiration.
I like the concept that she presents about where creativity comes from and how the Greeks and the Romans saw it. That creativity, inspiration doesn't come from us human beings, but that creativity was a Divine attendant Spirit that came to human beings. These would be the Muses, Genius', and Daemons.
It does, like she says, take the pressure off one to feel that if we don't come up with a brillant idea, there is something wrong with us. I think we shoot our self in the foot when we try so hard to force the inspiration and ideas to come, as opposed to letting it happen and flow through us. Or give up all together because nothing amazing is coming. Sometimes it comes when we keep plugging along, and sometimes if finally shows up when we're not even trying.
I like the thought of having a muse in the corner of my room. Someone or something that I feel I can share the pressure to create with and maybe give me a hand when I need it. It's an interesting thought, and perfect for an artists, as we create things and places beyond this world and give people something beautiful to look at and escape to. Sometimes I wonder where all this creativity and ideas come from. As it's not something you could learn or can be taught. A good idea or a inspiration just comes, and often times when you're least trying for it.
Anyway, it's a fun idea, and I think I'll start nurturing the relationship between my Muse and I. Hopefully, she'll give me brilliant ideas, and if not I'll keep plugging along and doing the best I can to draw. And if I'm caught talking to myself, at least I'll have a good excuse.
Here's the clip if you're interested: [link]