The notion that creative ideas come from within the artist, while the widely held, seems narrow. And more than a little self-involved. The writer, painter, the musician are exempt from the laws of physics? They get to create something from nothing while the rest of us are limited to the scant mater and energy already in the universe? That’s some really upscale chauvinism.
Imagine instead, we live in a vast confusing sea of ideas. A place where every idea that ever has or ever will occur, exists, irrespective of time. Artists notice the interesting ones and show them to us.
While anyone could be an artist, the pool will always be limited to those who really notice what surrounds us.