A Key to Creativity / by Chris Maynard

Bird and Leaf, two turkey feathers

Bird and Leaf, two turkey feathers

At a recent art show opening, many people commented saying, “How do you come up with so many creative ideas? Actually, it is fairly simple.

Of course, I get my inspiration from many sources but that isn’t it.

The key is having limits. The feathers as my medium set severe limits. When I am inspired, I have to figure out how to accomplish my idea using only feathers as my line, form, color and size. All I need to do is approach this type of design problem from many angles. I sketch many possible ideas knowing most of them will not work. It is kind of like a brain storm in my sketchbook