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| We were all fairly creative when we were children. Remember
what we made out of cardboard boxes, the stories we made up about imaginary
playmates, roads we built in the dirt, mud pies, (I loved making mud pies),
the lives we invented for our paper dolls. We were at our creative best
Somewhere, in the growing up process, many times, we loose that spark. We become fearful, we're afraid of criticism from our peers, our parents, our teachers, afraid we can't measure up to someone else's expectations, afraid we won't do it right. So afraid to be different, to stand out, afraid to not be COOL!
Who defines COOL anyway!!
But....... we stop making things. It's easier that way. No judgements, no criticisms, no pain. Our creativity goes dormant. But dormant doens't mean dead. It means sleeping, resting, time out, siesta, nap time, etc.. A dormant condition is a condition just waiting for prince/princess charming to kiss it awake!
Where would we find a kiss that would awaken our creativity?
For starters, go to where the charming prince kisser would live. Kissers like that lurk in art museums, they attend exhibits, art openings, are members of local art leagues, they culitivate artsy friends, subscribe to art magazines.
In order for creativity to be kissed and awakened, do the things and go to the places the charming kisser does and goes.
You will get kissed!! Guaranteed!
Once kissed there is no turning back. It's full steam ahead. Creativity has been kissed, stirred and awakened. It will not be denied.
Awakened, your creativity will stretch and reach into realms you never knew existed. It is possible to gain back our childlike creativeness. It can be nurtured, cultivated and expanded.
We are high on enthusiasm, the adrenaline is flowing, the pace is fast and furious. (Sounds like I'm describing a football game) New possibilities are opened up, new avenues are explored, a most satisfying and rewarding way of life has presented itself to us.
A creative spirit is free for all to acquire. To help jump-start your own creativeness try the following excerise.
Artists, who have been kissed, and did approach their work with an open mind, and believed anything was possible; have created some very powerful works.
Works that would not have happened, if they had refused to go with the flow and allow things to happen, even when they seemed like mistakes. Sometimes, these mistakes are so.o.o.o interesting, use them, see what can be done with them. Your work will be the better for it. We are not able to completely think a painting through, unexpected things will happen that we didn't plan on or consider. Use them!.
Creating is mostly 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration. Work with what is happening on your canvas or paper.