Yesterday, I referred to Austin Kleon as a creative touchstone.
Above is a page of his book Show Your Work, condensed by way of a blackout poem, a technique he uses and unabashedly ‘stole’. [See his book Steal Like An Artist.] The first draft of the blackout poem was a mess and I later posted a cleaner version, but at that moment an hour ago, I wanted to get something out there. So I thought, ‘What the hey?’ [should it be ‘What the hay’?…and does it or does it not need a question mark? We creative retirees…such a tortured bunch.]
Sure, I’ve heard and tried some of these techniques and strategies, but Grills does such a nice job of reframing these ideas, and adding new notions, that I immediately shared it with two groups and emailed it to three different accounts.
Along with books from Austin Kleon and Steven Pressfield, I would have to classify this post as a ‘creative touchstone’, a go-to resource I can return to for inspiration.
What are your creative touchstones? And if you don’t have any, launch a full-scale hunt right now! [Or at least after coffee and decadent treat.]
Thanks for reading and stay vigilant for opportunities to stretch your thinking.
You can rely on consistent effort, but you can’t rely on inspiration.
I was able to put less pressure on myself… I can practice and experiment without worrying about someone judging my work.
It was easier to find motivation.
I realize that structure and scheduling may not appeal to all retirees, but this is a time to experiment with what works for you. Find the sweet spot–the happy medium–between moderate expectations and enjoying the process.
Do you have any tips or tricks that spur your creativity? Share them in the comments below.
— “Due to the lack of consequences in the kitchen, you’re able to defeat fear: fear of criticism, fear of inadequacy, and fear of failure.”
— “It’s a space waiting for you to experiment, explore, and discover new flavors, methods, and recipes.”
— “The kitchen provides you with a set of tools, but leaves it up to you on how to use them to get your desired result.”
Deal with variables.
Embrace the tactile.
Design for uniformity
Inspired? What is your next [of many, I hope] creative project?