Practise Creative Thinking to Design Gardens

Creative thinking is essential for good garden design. Identify and remove blocks to your creative thinking. Develop flexibility in your thinking and generate fantastic landscaping ideas.

Sounds like a whole mouthful, but sometimes your grey matter just can’t get going. Don’t despair; there are techniques to help you. So, come on, unlock your colorful side.

You really need to start thinking creatively after deciding on a garden style and landscaping idea. It is also essential to review the basic garden design principles. The mechanics of the brain are categorized into two parts. Right brain (or left handed) thinking involves your artistic capabilities (expressions of landscape as an art, with meaning and language). Left brain (or right handed) thinking relates to problem solving.

Creative Thinking

Ambidextrous thinking (whole brain knowing) is the ability to think in both modes. This combined mode of thinking will help you design creatively.

You need to develop flexibility in your thinking to design fluently, efficiently and creatively. A flexible thinker thinks in all three modes i.e. visual, verbal and analytical.

Have you unlocked your colorful side yet? If not, are you experiencing a creative designing block? There are different kinds of mental blocks.

Perceptual Block

Perceptual block prevents you from perceiving either the problem, or the information necessary to solve the problem. Try using all your other sensory stimuli in addition to your visual.

Are you aware of any problems? Can you solve them? Are you limiting one or two of your design goals of flexibility or all of them? Take all the goals and principles into account when designing.

Emotional Block

Fear of failure is an emotional block. Don’t judge, rather generate ideas. Be curious; cultivate your appetite for fun filled, colorful, pleasant and bold ideas.

Cultural Block

Rules of social conduct cause cultural block. Try and work around them. You need to remove this block to design creatively. Develop playfulness, humor, intuition, fantasy, reflection, feeling, pleasure, desire for change etc.

Get rid of the cultural taboo of “society will impose”.

Environmental Block

This block include physical disruptions i.e. noise, glare etc. Find a comfortable spot, put on your favorite music, do everything necessary to get into a mood where there is no distraction.

Intellectual Blocks

These blocks are:

• Ineffective communication of ideas
• Inability to move freely between forms
• Ineffective or inappropriate thinking process

Expressive Blocks

Inadequate graphic and verbal communication skills lead to expressive block.

Get rid of the above blocks, and you are well on your way to great designs. Express yourself in a creative manner. Anything goes. Draw pattern after pattern until you find one that appeals to you. Get more help for your creative thinking.

Get some Inspiration for your Creative Thinking

A plant and flower pictures library with free high resolution downloads. Get the name and picture of flower or plant. Pictures provide great inspiration for artists and garden design.

Oh, one last thing. Believe in yourself.

Japanese Gardens a Source of Inspiration

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