6 Creative Lessons From Salvador Dali You Can Start Using Today

creative lessons from salvador dali

If you’re searching for creative inspiration, look no further. I’ve got 6 creative lessons from Salvador Dali for ya’ that you can start using today.

Invaluable.com has asked if I want to highlight their article on how to harness creativity - the Dali way, and of course, if I can inspire you to explore your own creativity, why not try the Dali way? :-)

I’ve translated the article into 6 creative lessons you and I can start using today to bring out our own creativity.


6 creative lessons from Salvador Dali you can start using today


Lesson 1: Know no limits = Explore your (subconscious) mind

Dali did some weird art, let’s be honest. He was a surrealist and part of the avant-garde movement. He used the unconscious mind to explore new ideas.

How you ever used a dream to create something? Meaning have you ever woken up from a great dream and didn’t want it to stop?

I have a story that I got from a dream. It’s in my draw for now and I don’t know if I’ll ever finish it but I used the dream to write a fiction story and it’s the most I ever written apart from blog posts.

So lesson one from Dali: explore all of your mind, your conscious and subconscious mind, dreams and fantasies and run with them. You might just come up with your best idea yet.


Lesson 2: Experiment often = try different creative mediums

A renaissance man, Dali painted, did films, photography, sculpture. And he collaborated with other artists.

A lot of artists and successful creatives are renaissance people, or multi-passionate is the term I use.

My mantra is multi passions lead to multi skills and this is also the case for Dali. Try different creative mediums. Express yourself through writing, photography, making pottery, paiting, building, music, knitting, dancing, whatever you can think of. Have a playful attitude and enjoy trying different things. It opens you up to new inspirations.

Lesson two from Dali: be curious about different creative outlets. Celebrate your multi-passionate nature.


Lesson 3: Observe and record = steal like an artist

Dali used his dreams, his subconscious to inspire his creativity.

You can also use your dreams to inspire you, as we talked about in lesson 1, but you can also train yourself to observe other people and keep a notbook handy to write down what you observe.

Like Austin Kleon talks about, get inspired by other people by observing them. And then let that inspiration come through you.

Lesson three from Dali: have an open mind, observe what goes on in and around you, take notes and then express your observations through your channel.


Lesson 4: Embrace a sense of calm = get still and meditate

Apparently Salvador Dali used a hypnagogic state to let his creativity flow. You don’t have to get hypnotized to release your creative side. What you can do is to get still…………

Get still with yourself sometimes. Sit still and look out the window. Do nothing. No screens and other distractions. Just stillness.

Another way to get a sense of calm is to meditate. Just 1-3 minutes of focusing on your breathing does wonder for your all-round well-being.

Shutting out the noise is essential if you have to hear yourself. As an introvert, being still by myself is my medicine. I need it and crave it. Even my 12-year-old daughter has taken up meditation.

Lesson four from Dali: shut out he noise sometimes, and get still with yourself.


Lesson 5: Set lofty goals = have goals but let go of perfectionsim

Well hallelujah! One of the biggest creative killers is perfectionism.

My oldest son said to me proudly the other day that he’s such a perfectionist when it comes to making his music. Momma here instantly had to lecture him about the difference between healthy striving to do the best you can and perfectionsim - which is the fear about what other people say about you. I’m still working on him :-)

Have no fear of perfection - you’ll never reach it
— Salvador Dali

Experiment, have an open mind, explore, cross over between different creative mediums. That’s the Dali way. And all those things means you’ll be a beginner, mess up, make rubbish and have other people think you’re weird. So what? Do it anyway.

Lesson five from Dali: forget about perfection. Creativity is about exploring.


Related: How to move past perfectionism

Lesson 6: Find inspiration in yourself = be yourself

Dali was uniquely himself and embraced his personality and quirks fully. He was unapologetically himself and was a master of self-promotion. Just check out his mad self-portraits. He’s got the pointy mustache and that starry-eyed look. It was all part of his genius.

It takes a huge amount of courage to “be yourself” in a world where we are so used to criticizing each other. It’s vulnerable. I understand becaise it’s something I struggle with. It’s also something my kids, especially my daughter, struggles with. We want to be liked and we think we won’t be if people know who we really are.

It’s not true though. In my experience, it’s not true. We LOVE people who are unapologetically themselves. That’s exactly WHY we love them. Or find them interesting at the very least.

If you have to spend the rest of your life doing this, find out who you want to be, what your special qualities are and learn to love yourself with funky quirks, dark shadows, mistakes and wonderful uniqueness.

Lesson six from Dali: be yourself and express your creativity how only you can.












6 creative lessons from Salvador Dali