Lee’s Stories

Lee’s Stories

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, and now, as a full-time...

The deep meaning of creativity

The deep meaning of creativity

Some number of nestling, almost fledgling robins. The exact number is below. This year, for the first time since my studio was complete, robins nested inside my ou...

What is Creativity?

What is Creativity?

  Detail of Eternal Flame bronze with colour scheme inverted. What makes the difference between creative people and the rest of us?  People have been aski...

Methods of Creation

Methods of Creation

In Love and Soaring lighted by laser. Photo by Lee Gass.   In responding to my story about making sculpture, Thoughts on the Creative Process, Renee pointed to...

The Case of Michael Ondaatje

The Case of Michael Ondaatje

  Where ideas come from is a fascinating question I’ve wondered about all my life, especially in relation to creativity.  In the rich literature on creativit...

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...