Creativity…What is it and how do you get it?
September 3, 2009
“My greatest accomplishment is having inspired others… To reach further & push themselves in a new direction after taking one of my specialized courses in powdered glass; or simply inspiring students to find the joy in their own work. Some of my beginning students have gone on to set up their own glass studio after taking a basic kilnforming course I offer locally.
Part of that accomplishment is proving – especially to women who say they have no talent, that they’re not creative or artistic – that we’re all creative beings & their work is indeed worthy and beautiful.”
So, what is creativity? According to my dictionary it’s a noun… “the use of the imagination or original ideas, esp. in the production of an artistic work”.
The use of imagination. I think that’s the key. I’ve always been imaginative. Had the ability to play, or put myself into an imaginary circumstance and carried on imaginary conversations. If reading a book or watching a movie, I’m transported to that time and place, I’m able to put myself into the story while everything around me dissolves, disappears into an other world. It’s the same when I’m working on a project in my studio. I go to that place where time stands still, and my entire being is consumed with the project, nothing else matters and the energy is incredible.
I wonder how anyone can say they’re not creative…. Don’t you have to be imaginative to use up those leftovers for dinner tonight? Don’t you have to be creative to come up with holiday & birthday gifts when you haven’t the extra cash? How many different ways have you come up with to say ‘I love you’ to those you love? I’ve seen some amazing gardens, fabulous homes, and incredible fashionistas all designed by someone who believed they weren’t creative or artistic! That my friends is a travesty! These creative spirits do not believe they have the power of imagination. They do! Believe it. We ARE all creative and imaginative! I believe the difference is some of us take more time to practice.
That brings up another observation for those who say they can’t draw. They’ve never taken a drawing class because they believe they can’t draw & don’t want to be embarrassed in class. I understand, it can feel intimidating, but guess what? Nobody else taking a beginning drawing class can draw either! YET!! Can you speak French without having ever taken a class? Or any language? Drawing is a visual language. Can you tap dance without lessons? Someone taught us how to do almost everything we know. You take the class to learn how to draw. Then it’s simply a matter of practice. Did the Olympic swimmers gain their medals without practice? Was the World Series won without practice? Does the concert pianist perform without practice? I think not, and the best of artists will tell you they practice to stay at the top of their form
How do you get creative? Take a class! Learn something that you think is creative and let the energy and fun factor pour over your spirit. Walk into an art store and buy some interesting paper and some color to put on it. Watercolors, Pastels, Oils, Inks. Splatter, smear, and moosh it on then scrape lines out of the color. Go to a florist and instead of a bouquet, buy individual flowers. Take them home, pull out your prettiest vase and arrange them. Snip the stems into different lengths & arrange them again. Add ribbon, marbles, rocks, or weave sparkly thread around them. Explore your local fabric or craft store & take something home that makes you smile…what can you make with that pretty fabric, some glue and glitter? When it’s finished, make another one! Gather some rocks, moss, pine cones and sticks. Arrange them in an empty garden spot. Add something new to it every day.
Spend time practicing. Have FUN practicing. Leave your ego out of it and just play. Make as many, play as often, practice as much as you can.
Then send me a picture of what you made & I’ll post it here! Take a chance! Believe in yourself! Any questions?
Remember, HAVE FUN!!!