I would like to pose a creativity question to not only the art community but also to the general public:
What constitutes a creative environment or a creative experience? It might be interesting to think about "ah, ha" moments and describe the moment just before. Ah-ha moments do not necessary need to involve creation of art - only new ideas. Where do these ideas come from and how can we support their growth and productivity?
When thinking about my own creative productivity I seem to be the most creative when my mind is free of clutter and I enter a "zone" of consciousness. I do not do this intentionally, it happens with out trying to make it so (most often during quite time outdoors). Then, seemingly out of no where, I develop creative solutions to problems or recognize an opportunity to follow the creative pull in a new direction.
I would appreciate all thoughts on this subject and I would be interested to hear about the creative process for others.
Any one intersted in reading more on creativity? Check out this article: http://tip.psychology.org/create.html