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4 ways monsters can increase your creativity

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on marts 2, 2009

One of the best ways to draw inspiration is to focus on the things that we fear and then let that become the driver of creation.

“I like monsters” from Artworks by Carl Frederik Waage Beck

They make you focus

In their very nature, monsters, by scaring us, activate the limbic system which manages our ability to fight, freeze or flee. Our brain becomes soaked in hormones
and thus we are able to focus entirely on one thing only – the monster. Tap into your focus and eliminate the unnecessary as you work creatively.

They create incentive to move

Being afraid is never nice. It is a state that we would rather avoid, and so we cannot help but start creating ways to put an end to this state. It is at the moment of desparation that we are truly creative and make things happen. Use this to drive yourself forward.

They are easy to find

Monsters are easy to find, all you have to do is switch the light off. When you find yourself drained of any creative inspiration, switch off the light and let your imagination go. Soon you will have all the creative inspiration you need. It’s as easy as 1-2-3 and the flick of a button.

They are personal

Monsters work on you because they are part of you and created by your own imagination. They will always be your personal source of inspiration, and will always be available to you when you need them. It’s your carry-on bag of tricks that you can open whenever and whereever you need it. Use it to be creative wherever you are.

What are you afraid of?

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Do your pArt!

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on februar 25, 2009

I was biking to my studio the other day on a typical danish cold winter afternoon.

That afternoon i had a gripping feeling – and the question: what am I going to produce today?
How will my “genius” manifest itself on this day?
Surely if I don’t produce some work of genius today, the whole world will call my bluff!

From Artworks by Carl Frederik Waage Beck

Luckily that morning I had been fortunate to watch Elizabeth Gilbert give a presentation on Ted, and I was able to let some of the fear of failing go. See the clip below.

The thing is, a lot of the self induced stress disappears if I start to regard Art not as something that I create, but rather as something that happens by way of a GENIE, as long as I just do my part and show up in the studio.

- Hold on, this guy is getting a liiitle too esoteric here! A Genie in the studio?

The point here is just that the more I can disconnect my ego from what HAPPENS to end up on the canvas – the easier it is to handle the fact that not everything is “genius”.

The better I can handle that fact – the less daunting a task it seems. The less daunting – the more often I show up and the more OCCASIONS I create for a GENIE to visit the studio.

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The art of cheating

by Carl Frederik Waage Beck on februar 14, 2009

Remember when your prep school teacher told you to “paint inside the lines”?

How did that make you feel?
Did it make you want to grab those crayons and get at it?
Or did painting all of a sudden seem like a task?

Your teacher not only gave you a rule or boundary, but also told you what to paint by handing you that colouring book.

Then you cheated, and painted exactly how you wanted to anyway- and it felt good.

Cheating feels good because we hate to be told what and how to paint.

We can handle one or the other, but give us both and we rear. So go ahead, and be creative exactly the way you want to. The result may be better off because of it.

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