How limiting creative choices enhances creativity
I recently had lunch with one of my older friends who lives at a retirement community. At the table, I met Robert, 88, another resident. As our group visited, I turned to Robert and asked, “What is your creative passion?”
“I’m a sculptor,” he said.
I asked him if the retirement community had an art room to work in. No, he said. He just worked in his apartment.
“There are some limitations,” he said.
I told him, “Sometimes limitations enhance creativity.”
“That is true,” he said.
As it turned out, Robert had been a university art professor, worked as director of an art museum, and traveled extensively. As I talked to Robert, I found that he had another limitation that affected his creative pursuits. He was losing his eyesight, which affected his whole approach and experience as an artist. Read more