I just now found these quotes in a book that I have from the library which illustrate my point of the previous post so beautifully! I hadn’t seen these before… I love when that happens!
The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees oneself of the chains that shackle the spirit. —Igor Stravinsky
The fewer limitations the artist imposes on his work, the less chance he has for artistic success. —Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Limit gives form to the limitless. —Pythagoras
The problem about art is not finding more freedom, it’s about finding obstacles. —Richard Rogers
Liberating power of constraint. —P.D. James
Without firm limits there is no play. —Rem Koolhaas
So strange isn’t it – people think creativity comes from total freedom, but not so in my experience! Here’s another quote for the list (and anyway who would dare disagree with all these creative geniuses?!)
‘Without resistance, there is no creativity’ Jean Cocteau
Brenda Marks said:
Wonderful! I really am drawn to your animals.
Linda O'Neill said:
Hey Carla…great quotes…thanks for the inspiration today!
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I’ve always considered “creativity” to be akin to “problem-solving”.
Whenever someone complains about how they could never make art because they “aren’t creative”, I like to point out that creativity is just problem-solving with art supplies! If they can problem-solve in their “real lives”, then they are already on their way to being a creative person.
Brilliant! I just posted that Stravinsky quote this morning. The concept of stricture/structure behind these quotes is just too precise and relevant to be neglected as it is. Thanks for the reinforcement, you’ve really driven it home.