Visual artist, animal lover, Enneagram type 4, and Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Education Director Melanie Moore joins us on the Hello Frances Podcast to discuss overcoming creative blocks. As an Enneagram type 4, Melanie is naturally creative and her career requires consistent optimal creativity.
Melanie shares what does (and doesn’t) help cultivate creativity including meditating, stepping out of your comfort zone, and Zentangle, a method of pattern drawing that promotes mindfulness and relaxed awareness. For those who don’t consider themselves to be creative, Melanie encourages listeners that creativity can be cultivated and improved upon if you intentionally practice.
Shantelle and Melanie discuss how overstimulation and stagnation both affect creativity. When certain concepts work for us, sometimes we overuse them making it hard to come up with new material, and on the other hand, when we look for inspiration elsewhere we end up creating work that looks like everyone else’s. Tune into this insightful chat to hear more of Melanie’s thoughts on overcoming a creative rut. You can follow Melanie on Facebook and Instagram and email us any questions for her at firstname.lastname@example.org.