Parameters. They can cramp your style, restrict movement, and don't allow for a lot of creative space. Sometimes. Other times, those parameters are just the challenge some people need to flourish. During my watercolor class in April, we had an exercise that required us to color inside the lines- using only one color. That monochromatic parameter freed me to think about different aspects of the painting I may have missed if I were thinking more about what colors to use. It made such an impact on me that I suggested it to my super talented friend.
What would happen if you tried giving yourself some parameters for, let's say a week? What would that do for your creativity? It's different, right? How some "limitations" can actually push you to work harder in a different way. Think of how many different stories you could write, using the same first line. Or how many yoga sequences you could do without any Warrior poses. For my painter friends- have you tried the monochromatic exercise?
I've been thinking a lot about this because my schedule has changed drastically, and it's forced me to work within different parameters- and wouldn't you know, my creativity has done really well. It's forced me to switch up my thinking, and work with what I have. There are so many ways you can use this lens- sweet Nicole at Writes Like a Girl applied it to her wardrobe. When I go to the farmer's market, I like to see how many meals I can make using just the ingredients I found there. It goes on and on!
Have parameters ever switched up your experiences? What did that do for your creativity?