Creativity boiled down to its essence is problem-solving. Figuring out how to express our ideas can be problematic. The media of our expression creates questions that need answering. Writing, the one I’m most actively involved with, requires a lot of decisions before you even start, like voice, tone, tense, and tone, to start. Drawing, pencil, ink, charcoal, pastels, chalk, then what paper, what is the style, and what’s the effect I’m looking for.
The idea is their floating, a nothing trying to be something, like me, until you answer the problem of how best to communicate your vision. The issue of deciding ultimately determines the methods and obstacles you will face when bringing your art to the world.
Then the battle against the medium’s limitations begins. So many factors come to the surface, limiting your ability to execute that idea. It’s those limitations that cause friction, and it’s the solutions we use to overcome the obstacles to achieving the vision that creates great art.
It’s the creative solutions to the problems of creativity that sets you apart, that makes your art unique. The issues and the issues solved will separate the original from the mundane. It’s those things that keep it interesting; creative solutions for creative problems is where art happens.