THE COLOR CORNER
#1. A good way to feel creative is to ask a question that has many correct answers.
# 2. If you’re stuck, try to find a way to refresh your perception – look at colors around you.
# 3. Break the rules, especially the ones that are conventional and that you use on a daily basis.
# 4. Make sure you are not emotionally involved with certain concepts. If you use only emotions you will often not see the benefits of other results. Think about colors that depict your emotions.
# 5. Reinvent your ideas. Challenge yourself by asking hard questions and use the new answers to create new ideas.
# 6. Allow the world to work for you. Look at the world and create ways of defining it in positive new ideas.
# 7. Be sure to take risks. Train for risks – like working out in a gym, taking a walk on the beach or in a stroll in the park. Be sure to take a risk several times a week.
# 8. Making mistakes lead to new ideas. Don’t be a perfectionist.
# 9. Try working in creative collaboration with others, the results will be rewarding.
# 10. Try looking at art continually to discover new outlets for your energy and color theories. The creative person has confidence that their ideas will lead to something good.
# 11. Try to think differently each day and not create any patterns of behavior. Your mind should run free to work creatively.
# 12. Do something good for someone else. Your creative juices will flow.
Barbara Arlen teaches SXC 100: Color Theory and Culture, SXC 110: Color Discovery Interactive Workshop, SXC 260:Color Painting Studio, and SXF 840: Career Opportunities for Working with Color.