The Confined Creative - 6 Steps for Letting Out Your Imagination - lighting, Imagination, creativity, creative

Sometimes being a creative person can be incredibly difficult, especially if you haven’t found how to express that creativity yet. Feeling built-up and pressure-filled because of the lack of creative output you have available can sometimes become overwhelming. In these times, we usually turn to the TV or internet to distract us till this pressure goes away, but a better way to combat this menace is to face it head-on.

The best way to do this is to find your outlet, and when you feel the pressure building again, you let out your imagination. Learning to do this can be easy, like using to express your imagination through the beauty of music, or like taking painting classes to visualise your imagination. For more suggestions, simply read on.


This might immediately sound like a bad idea, but many people still finding their feet in creating art of one kind or another can benefit from making that art in a vacuum, away from other people or outside sources of distraction. People can be sensitive about their art until they find their voice, so to speak, and so a degree of separation when physically creating art can be good in making them feel more comfortable with trying new things.

Mood Lighting

Lighting can have a significant effect on what kind of mood you’re in, and harsh white lighting can suppress your creative side by medicalising the surrounding area. Putting in warm lights, or coloured lights to your creative space can help to encourage the creative feelings to proliferate and grow, resulting in newer and different art. You might find yourself able to return and more confidently create art in harsher lightings once you are more familiar with your own personal ways of putting your imagination down on paper.

Emotional Connections

Having intense emotional connections with the subject matter of art is one of the things many great artists have done in the past, and this is still a tactic used today to help artists realise their artistic dreams. Love and relationships form a large basis for much art, and dislike and feelings of inadequacy represents a different portion altogether. Finding something you really care about to make art about is a good way to start out in your journey to create.


Practice makes perfect in all things, and art is no different. There isn’t an artist alive or dead who was born a master in their craft, and that is still true now. Young prodigies are usually exposed to their medium of choice from very very young, and their sponge-like child brain has developed many, many more neural connections in that area much faster, resulting in an almost innate-seeming skill. But don’t be fooled, it takes a long time with a lot of practice to become an artist in your own right, and practicing is what you need to do to hone your skills.

Self Exploration

The self is the seat of all creativity, as we cannot write music, poetry, paint masterpieces or sculpt with our hearts unless it is ourselves that we are creating as. Even homages to other artists are distinctly the art of their creator, and not the subject of the homage. Your art style becomes like a fingerprint, and knowing yourself deeply and truly is the only way to find that fingerprint and utilize it to mark your art truly yours. Try thinking about your past, your emotions and your experiences in life that left lasting impressions on you, good and bad, and translate those into words, or sound, or visuals.


Finding ways to accept yourself and your art is very important, as you might have a way of expressing your art that you aren’t fully aware of in the beginning, and trying to force your art to be something it isn’t will only stunt it’s growth. Accept your art and your outlet the way it is and the way it works, and your art won’t be obstructed in it’s creation.
Always remember that your imagination being expressed through art is a wonderful way to make the world more interesting, and only you can make art like you do.