In continued search for understanding our own creativity, I offer Rule number 2.
#2. You must be doing something that fulfills a need within yourself.
This is a real tough one. Are you doing something that fulfills a need in you, or fulfills someone else’s need ? It’s a tough question. I think that’s why I never learned how to sew.
Experts say we are all born creative. Watch your children when they are small. They say “Look at me, I can dance like a ballerina!” or “Look! I can draw a cat.” , or “I wrote you a poem.” Why is it when we grow older we lose that eagerness to experiment, to try new and different things? Are we cautious, or don’t want to spend (meaning waste) money on something we are not sure will produce the desired results? Fear of failure?
For me, I always think I should be cleaning the basement, which is a form of procrastination. Well, that basement cleaning, which in its own way is a form of creativity, now finally fulfills a need within me. (Which is what made me come up with this rule.) I’ve been asked to do some videos from my studio, and yes, it’s in the basement, and even though my mental studio is much nicer, for now this one has to do. Since I would be appalled if people who bought the video saw my basement as it is now, I’m spending this week end of creativity happily cleaning my basement and getting rid of stuff I’ve saved for years. Stuff that no longer fills a need in me. But now, with a different mind set, cleaning the basement brings me joy, as much joy as finishing a piece of jewelry and having it smile at me.
So when you start your art, think of what it is YOU need. Draw or scribble in a sketch book, or work directly with the materials until you feel happy with something. You don’t have to come up with a design right this minute. Relax, enjoy just drawing shapes and lines. Nothing helps your creativity along more than just to play with the materials. Stack stones on top of one another to look at color combinations, play with textures, and something will happen. The piece will take on its own properties, and start to grow. Have fun, smile at the possibilities, and when you are through, when all the energies have gone into the piece, the piece will smile back. You’ve been successful.
Try it, and let me know what happens. I’m off to clean the basement . (grin)
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