Pursuing The Need to Create

Always on a quest to create art, Melodi Meadows shares her experience as she searches Big Sur for inspiration. 

The creative spark…where does it come from? This is a question that has riddled artists for decades. We try to figure out that right formula to trigger that light-bulb moment when everything falls into place. Yet, with years of scientific research, we still don’t quite know where creativity comes from…but, we know it can be cultivated. They say that putting in ten THOUSAND hours of practice will bring you greatness in any field. Yet we continue to ask, what is the origin of creativity and how do we pursue it?

We have to be observant in life, to be able to identify what triggers our creativity so that, when it does come, we’re ready. What if you feel artistically drained? Well, I have a few tricks up my sleeve, ready to revive the creative me. Today I want to talk about one in particular: travel.

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For the creative mind, there is power in a weekend escape. My latest sanctuary has become Big Sur, California. The energy of this place is all-consuming. With no cell service just about anywhere, I am forced to disconnect and live in the moment. My mind starts to entertain itself and observes things that, at any other time, I would hardly notice. From the patterns of the leaves, the colors of the moss on the trees, the sound of birds chatting in the morning  — my mind tucks it all away in a mental journal. Travel slows down time, like when you were a kid and every experience was new. You were in “awe” of everything…all the time. Now time seemingly flies by, and the only way to slow down is to travel, to lure in new experience. This combination serves as my perfect fuel — it fills me up with new ideas and empowers me to revisit the studio with fresh eyes and spirit.

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+What’s your formula for creativity?

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Comments

  1. …my formula is getting up early, after a solid night of sleep when the daytime worries have been cleared out of my mind, when everyone else is still sleeping…in that peaceful serene quiet space, I can access my inner child who loves to play with words, create enchantment, write stories, and tell fairy tales… 3 am in the morning, that’s the golden hour for me….

    The Weaver Of Words…..give me 15 words and I’ll tell you a tale
    http://instagram.com/theweaverofwords

  2. Hi, first of all i just wanna tell you that I ABSOLUTELY love your blog.
    Second of all, I wonder if you could do a story on how to find your path of picking a way of living when you are in your 20s… I am pushed in so many directions and my hearts screams for travels and freedom.. I am in law school at the moment and the idea of just quitting it all and truly become my own kind of person is really intriguing.. Can i have both.. I do not know.. I am of both worlds I guess-but my heart longs for creative freedom.. I would love some inspiration from you on the topic <3

  3. yes…that’s why I started with blogging! Creativity is major importance in my life, too :) and your blog has been a great inspiration for years to me, thanks <3

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