Lee’s Stories

Lee’s Stories

The Notion of Creativity

The Notion of Creativity

The Notion of Creativity In my work as a university professor, questions about where ideas come from were central to everything I did in research and teaching. Now a...

The deep meaning of creativity

The deep meaning of creativity

Some number of nestling, almost fledgling robins. The exact number is below.   The Deep Meaning of Creativity This year, for the first time since my studio ...

What is Creativity?

What is Creativity?

  Detail of bronze Eternal Flame with colour scheme inverted.   What is creativity? What makes the difference between creative people and the rest of...

Methods of Creation

Methods of Creation

In Love and Soaring, lighted by laser. Photo by Lee Gass.   Methods of Creation? In responding to my story about making sculpture, Thoughts on the Creative Pro...

The Case of Michael Ondaatje

The Case of Michael Ondaatje

Creativity: The Case of Michael Ondaatje   I've wondered where ideas come from all my life, especially with respect to creativity.  The rich litera- ture o...

The Case of Gerhard Herzberg

The Case of Gerhard Herzberg

The only way to make new ideas happen, I think, the only method of creation, is to go into our studios and make stuff, as I argued in Methods of Creation? Just do it...

The Case of John Steinbeck

The Case of John Steinbeck

  I claim in several stories that there's no such thing as methods of creation in arts or sciences.  At the same time, I show how artists and scientists keep ...

Looking Up

Looking Up

Looking Up Photos by Lee Gass    This piece of granite leaned against my studio wall for a couple of years, up high where I could see it in all weather and al...

What is it going to be?

What is it going to be?

Vinay watched me work for a while the other day in my studio. I knew he was coming, but didn’t notice him come in.  I didn’t notice anything but carving a granite ...

More Thoughts on Creativity

More Thoughts on Creativity

Wild huckleberries on a bush outside my studio.   In a story about a nest of robins in my outdoor sculpting studio, The Deep Meaning of Creativity, I  sugges...