The last few weeks I’ve been traveling, from upstate to low country, avoiding timber rattlers on the trail, hopping from rock to rock in creek beds, and slapping at thousands of mosquitoes. I’ve found that each time we journey even for a few days I’m excited to get back to my art—that I have so many new ideas, so many images, shapes, colors flooding in. So while practice is crucial, I’ve learned that renewal isn’t far behind.
A Psychology Today article suggested that what makes us more creative at one time over another may be psychological distance—anything that the individual doesn’t experience as occurring now. I like immersing myself in the outdoors, but we can induce this distance by changing how we think of a project or problem. Research shows that we may works faster, but not as creatively under deadlines.