Art O’Clock

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying ‘I don’t want to.’”


Do you have a time of day/night that is your ‘creative time’? Do you stick to a routine, whereby you work on creative projects within certain hours; but always within those hours? Are you a person driven by mood and so you are more likely to participate in a particular type of creativity, depending on your mood? Perhaps you can only be creative when ‘the mood takes you’, so to speak?

From my perspective, writing has always been a creative activity which I do best at around 3am! Yes, in the middle of the night, while others sleep and my world is populated only by the nocturnal; I seem to get my ‘writing mojo’ in full force.

The visual arts are different, for while I am happy to write at night, some types of art truly are best done in natural daylight rather than under the glow of an electric light bulb. I thoroughly enjoy painting. I tend to use acrylics on canvas and I would certainly enjoy painting at my magical 3am creative time. I would become far more productive, I suspect.

I did paint one particular piece at around 3am, earlier this year. Appropriately, this piece was my effort at representing what it feels like to have insomnia! Here is the finished piece:

Please don’t ask me to explain it! This artwork is based purely upon physical and emotional feeling relating to experiencing insomnia. There is no intellectual aspect to this and so I would not be able to offer an intellectual explanation or description of what any of the brush-strokes, shapes or colours represent. I simply allowed myself to ‘feel’ and then put brush to canvas and ‘off I went’….. ‘into the zone’, so to speak.

Artists should be allowed to create and not have to intellectualise for the sake of describing and explaining their works. I feel strongly about that. What do you think on that matter?

I wonder whether there is some form of science behind why we may feel creative at particular times? I wonder what influences our mood to either enable creativity to flourish or for it to be prevented? What are your thoughts on this?

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