I was taking a shower on Sunday night and it suddenly hit me - I didn't write my weekly Create a Spark Saturday post. Gasp! I've been working so hard on my Mystery Doll Pattern and getting everything set for its release on October 3rd, that I've been working nearly constantly.
This weekend, however, I took some time off. In fact, I got so relaxed I forgot to post my regular Create a Spark Saturday post. But as my faithful hubby pointed out, the world has not stopped spinning on its axis because I forgot to post on Saturday. So I am going to pretend that today is Saturday and you can pretend with me. Bending the space time continuum is very, very creative, I think you'll agree.
Last week's creativity boosting challenge was to listen to music that fuels creative thought and hopefully, action. I took a page out of Albert Einstein's book and listened to Mozart. Although I often listen to classical music when I get creative, I typically listen to Classic FM which plays a real mix of classics. Listening to just one composer was an interesting switch.
Luckily, my mum and dad had bought me a double CD set of Mozart called Zukerman Conducts Mozart a few years ago.
Last week I was doing a lot of illustration work using Adobe Illustrator. With Mozart playing in the background I noticed something - I concentrated better. Often with any sort of music, I'll hum, sing along, or occasionally have a boogie, but even though I know Mozart well enough to hum it, I actually wasn't as consciously aware of the music as I would be when I listen to a mix of classical tunes. But suddenly I'd be finished yet another illustration.
I think Albert Einstein was onto something with the structure of Mozart's compositions fueling creative thought. You'd think he was a genius or something.
This week's challenge: Cook and eat your way to creative genius.
Certain foods have been shown to help boost brain power and creativity. I came across this article on the blog Monday's Postal, regarding what foods to eat to boost creativity (click the link to read the article).
Funnily, enough, my diet is already extremely rich in the foods mentioned here. Due to some health issues, I have a very strict diet and the foods listed on this website all figure prominently in my everyday menus. Nuts, fish rich in Omega 3, berries and colourful foods are major staples for me. The only food mentioned in the article which I don't and can't eat is dark chocolate. Somehow I'm thinking that most people won't argue with adding more of that to their diet this week!
Lately however, I've been so busy that I haven't been eating quite as much fish or bright coloured foods as I might normally eat. I'm thinking that some of the recipes contained in the article on Monday's Postal look good enough to eat, so I'm going to give those a try.
Anyone else want to give Nigella a run for her money this week? Anyone else try using music as a creative stimulus? How did it go?
PS Did you notice that the blog called Monday's Postal shared that particular article on creativity boosting food on a Saturday? Did you spot the synergy there? My plot to bend the space time continuum seems to be working. I love it when a plan comes together.