Constraints Spur Creativity

The act of creating is about bringing something into being. It often begins with nothing – a blank page.

Staring at the blank page can be liberating. On a virgin field of infinite possibilities, anything is possible.

But when inspiration runs dry and the muse is nowhere to be found, it can be unsettling. Anything is possible, but where to begin?

That’s when constraints come to the rescue.  In such times, constraints are not constraining. They shepherd the aimless mind towards the opening to a new possibility.

Today, I experimented with embracing the constraints of taking one shot at drawing one subject (Milo), with one Sharpie, one dot at a time.

Embrace the constraints and let them spur your creativity.

“Constraints can spur creativity and incite action, as long as you have the confidence to embrace them.”

~ Tom Kelley