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to Turn Black Friday into Creativity Friday
Picture this: It’s the day after Thanksgiving. Throngs of
people are waking up before the sun to stand in endless lines for low prices on
microwaves and big-screen TVs.
But not you.
No, you’ve decided to sit this Black Friday out. So while
everyone is shopping ‘til they drop, you’re in your studio, sipping coffee,
playing old records, and letting your creativity run wild.
Sounds much better, doesn’t it?
We thought so, too. So this year, we’re encouraging you to
turn Black Friday into Creativity Friday. Spend the day with your canvases or
camera and indulge yourself with a heaping helping of imagination.
Here are some ideas to make the most of your day.
Time for Yourself
The first thing you’ll want to do is kick everyone out of
your work space. Being alone increases our creativity. It gives our minds the
opportunity to wander, a process neuroscientists call “constructive internal reflection.” So, spending the day with your own thoughts can inspire
you to create beautiful art.
Are you normally an oil painter? Give watercolors a try. Do
you spend most of your time behind a lens? Pick up a paint brush. Experimenting
with new mediums or artistic styles can expand your creativity, because it
releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter tied to motivation and learning.
According to the book Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the
Creative Mind by researchers Scott Barry Kaufman and
Carolyn Gregoire, openness to exploring new ideas may be the number one factor
in predicting creative achievement.
Before you touch a brush, spend some time lost in thought.
Wondering how the Jolly Green Giant finds shoes that fit may not seem productive, but those nonsensical
thought bubbles actually have an important purpose. Daydreaming can enhance
creative thinking, planning and self-awareness. Plus, you never know when
thoughts of enormous green footwear will morph into inspiration for your next
Laura Jajko is President of American Frame and a longtime contributor to "A Good Frame of Mind." Here, she delights in bonding with others over her love of art and framing. With more than 40 years of practical experience, she brings a unique perspective in a straightforward style that she hopes will spark lots of interesting and relevant dialogue in our online community. Connect with Laura directly here on the blog or follow her on Twitter @LauraJajko.