Creativity – Scrambled Eggs Style

I have a technique for turning on my creativity that I’d like to share with you. I call it "Scrambled Eggs" because you have to give your mind a little time to “cook” the idea between “stirrings.”

Here is how it works:

1. Put the eggs into the pan and light a fire under them. (Bring to mind the area you need to be creative in.)
2. Stir the eggs. (Ask your mind to give you any idea at all about that area.)
3. Look at what stirs up without judgment. (No matter what your mind “gives” you, tell it “thank you” and “that has possibilities.”)
4. Let the eggs cook a little while longer. (Let your mind rest for a few seconds.)
5. Stir the eggs again and accept what has formed without judgment. (Again, say, “thank you” and “that has possibilities.”)
6. Repeat until eggs are done.

It usually goes something like this for me:

1. I want to think of some new subject to draw.
2. I ask my mind to think of something.
3. Six dogs sitting around a table playing poker and smoking cigars comes to mind. (Painted on black velvet.) I say “thank you, that has possibilities.”
4. I let my mind rest for a few seconds.
5. I ask again and I see Elvis Presley (in his later years) painted on black velvet. Again, I say, “thank you, that has possibilities.”
6. I let my mind rest for a few seconds.
7. I ask again and I remember a reference photo that I’ve forgotten about that would make a great drawing. I say, “thank you, thank you very much.”

The trick, of course, is not judging your creative mind.

Carol Rosinski
Toad Hollow Studio – Drawing Lessons and Inspiration

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I'm an artist, author, and teaching artist. I've been writing about drawing on this website since 1999 and drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I love teaching others how to draw too.
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