|Hoff, "Risk Factors," oil on panel, 20x16|
There is considerably more to creativity than investigating the world and recording it, though. Another aspect in our culture is idea of imagination. The ability to build stories or images or characters (among other constructs) based on the mind's imaginings has become more and more important in the last century and a half. Think of how imaginary stories, novels, photos, films, computer gaming, CGI, and virtual reality have emerged in that period. Further, philosophers and psychosocial investigators have been joined by neuroscientists in exploring just what creativity really is. Nearly countless investigations of behavior, memory, intelligence, brain activity and more in relation to creativity are continuing.
|Hoff, "Shellac Jug," casein on panel, 9x12|
It was habit as a spur to creativity that got me thinking on these things in the first place. The question is whether habit (some would say "ritual") actually matters. For me, a morning ritual (habit) works well.
Search the Internet and you'll find abundant affirmations of habits of creative people--sites that claim by adopting certain specific habits--four of them, or seven, or dozens, or whatever, or adopting only the habits of the most creative people--you can boost your own creative juices. Maybe so.