Are You a Planner?
Ann Grasso Pattern Art introduces guest blogger, Lisa Call.
I have never met Lisa, except online and on the phone. One beauty of the internet is that we can align ourselves with people we never meet. Please consider following her and perhaps taking some of her classes. And now, the page is hers.
I plan my schedule.
Monday mornings I make a full plan for the entire week. For each day I set aside a chunk of time for creative work.
With this plan I eliminate much of the stress involved in getting to the studio. I’ve looked at my week ahead of time and I know that my creative time fits into my schedule.
Structure promotes creativity without stress. I’m not thinking that I should be doing something else as all the other to-do items have their own compartment in my weekly schedule. Guilt free creative time.
I plan which projects I will work on.
When I know ahead of time which piece of artwork I’m working before I enter my studio, I can anticipate the next steps and rehearse them in my head before I reach the studio. I often work out problems and come up with new ideas for the project as I’m leading up the planned studio time.
It’s like free design time.
I plan the content of my artwork.
I work in well-defined series.
Each of my series represents a set of plans that provide a structure for the work to be created.
From that structure I can then experiment and push the edges of what the series means without getting distracted by the thousands of other really good ideas that I have. The planning and structure keep me focused on the current really great idea. And that focus leads to tremendous growth and creativity within the confines of my parameters.
Jon Stewart formerly of the Daily Show has this to say about structure and creativity (interview Jon Stewart: The Most Trusted Name In Fake News):
“…you’d be incredibly surprised at how regimented our day is, and just how the infrastructure of the show is very much mechanized.”
“..we have a very, kind of strict day that we have to adhere to. And by doing that, that allows us to process everything, and gives us the freedom to sort of improvise.”
“I’m a real believer in that creativity comes from limits, not freedom. Freedom, I think you don’t know what to do with yourself. But when you have a structure, then you can improvise off it and feel confident enough to kind of come back to that.”
My thoughts exactly.
Compare the results of completing these tasks:
- Do something creative
- For 20 minutes starting at 2pm make a drawing with circles on white paper with black ink.
How long did it take you to start task 1? How long did it take you to start task 2? Which did you prefer? What was it you preferred?
What is your relationship with planning/structure and creativity?
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