Running into ideas
Thanks so much for your regularly inspiring magazine. I buy every issue. Most artists suffer from creative block from time to time and I want to share my new catalyst for breaking through it: running.
I initially started, aiming to lose weight that had built up after too long stuck at my desk, eating bad food. I thought I would hate it, but after the first two short runs (which admittedly were a bit, er, panty), much to my surprise, I’ve found I love it.
As well as the obvious physical benefits, and those lovely endorphins (a natural high), there’s something about swapping screens and nagging emails for peaceful trees and buxom hills that makes me very happy. It’s now part of my daily routine.
I’ve become more productive and I seem to come back to my desk full of fresh ideas. The exercise clears my mind of unimportant white noise is supplanted by creative thoughts and visions. There’s definitely a correlation between physical exercise and increased brain activity. The Romantic-era poets of course went for long walks to stimulate their imaginations.
I feel like I’m creating some of my best art at the moment, because of this. If any other artists are struggling for ideas or motivation, I’d certainly recommend a gentle jog, ideally in the countryside. Works for me! Ben Haverstock, via email
Claire replies Interesting stuff, thanks Ben. Have others found exercise helpful for creativity? What other methods do artists use to trigger creative thoughts?