A Quick Note on Creativity

When it comes to creativity — to being creative — so many people are unsure of where to start. They look at others’ work, and it paralyzes them.

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Comparison is the thief of joy!” You need to stop worrying about whether or not your work will be “gorgeous” or “good enough”, or as “good as” so-and-so’s. Just start!

Only by starting can you find your own style, and gain the confidence to keep going. Art isn’t about doing things “perfectly”. It’s about creating … playing … putting YOUR unique spin on things!

And that is enough.

Renewing My Creativity

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be an Artist when I grew up. I loved to draw, to color, and to make up stories. My Dad was a sketch Artist for the local police department, and my Mom has always loved to do crafts, doodle, and design, too. So, I come by this creative spark naturally.

However, when I was in grade eleven, I took an independent learning course in graphic design. And, when I handed in the one drawing project, my teacher sent it back with the comment that I “draw like a 2 yr old”. Being insecure enough already, I took that comment to heart, and let it squash all dreams of pursuing a career in the arts.

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I went on to take office administration in college, and then get married and have kids very shortly after college, and my art stayed mostly in the background. I still liked to doodle, but it wasn’t my focus any more. My kids basically took over my life. 😉

Now that my kids are getting older — both in their teens — I am finding more time for myself, and decided I should start seeking out others who love to be creative. So, when I saw a flyer at the local library, advertising an upcoming Art Journaling class for women, I decided that’d be a good place to start, and I signed up.

At first, I thought it was only going to be the one class — a 2-hour gathering. But, as it turns out, the class is a once-a-month event for the entire year! 😀

And so… my creativity is being renewed!

Through my Art Journaling class, I’ve discovered that I love sitting down to be creative… painting, drawing, doodling, and even Zentangling! I can lose myself for hours in my crafty messes. 😉

Here are some of the things I’ve done, to date…

circles-April2015  Courage-April2015

courage2  Courage-April2015c

mandala  Imagine-May2015a

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zentangle-spiral  Zentangles2

Each month, in our class, we have a “theme” word. For March, it was “Magical“… for April, “Courage“… and for May, “Imagine“.

I’m really enjoying the class, and I am loving getting to know the artsy ladies in the group, too! I even got invited, by one of those ladies, to go speak to a quilters’ group about creativity! So fun!

I’ll be sharing more of my artwork here, as time goes on. But, I’d love to know…

Do you make time for YOUR creativity? How so? What’s your favorite medium, so far?

REVIEW: “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron*

SUMMARY:  This is a classic work on creativity from Julia Cameron. It’s a 12-week course that helps you to reconnect & recover your creativity.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL:  This book requires a bit of focus, as it’s not a “light” read. I’d put the brain-power needed at about “medium”.

BEST FOR:  Those who long to have more creativity in their life; those who feel “stuck”; those who think they aren’t creative at all… but need an outlet in their life.

FAVORITE QUOTES:

“Many of us harbor a secret belief that work has to be work and not play, and that anything we really want to do — like write, act, dance — must be considered frivolous and be placed a distant second. This is not true!” – p. 106

“In order to do something well, we must first be willing to do it badly.” – p.121

“Usually, when we say we can’t do something, what we mean is that we won’t do something unless we can guarantee that we’ll do it perfectly.” – p. 121

“I have come to believe that creativity is our true nature… In a sense, your creativity is like your blood. Just as blood is a fact of your physical body, and nothing you invented, creativity is a fact of your spiritual body and nothing that you must invent.” – p. xxiii

“Just remember, in choosing, that we often resist what we most need.” – p. 4

“More than anything else, creative recovery is an exercise in open-mindedness.” – p. 50

“All too often, we become blocked and blame it on our lack of money. This is never an authentic block. The actual block is our feeling of constriction, our sense of powerlessness. Art requires us to empower ourselves with choice. At the most basic level, this means choosing to do self-care.” – p. 109

WHAT I LOVED BEST:  I loved the parts about creative “blocks” — things that get in the way of our being creative. There were a lot of practical examples given, some that I might never have guessed were “blocks” for me. Julia also talks about how we tend to sabotage ourselves… and I’m very guilty of that. She explains how we get scared, so we reach for our “comforts”, and let go of our creativity… maybe just when we were about to experience a breakthrough.

I also really liked that she talks about how movement and exercise are great for creativity… that they inspire us to be more creative, even!

Lastly, I loved the exercises at the end of each week / chapter. Lots of great things that really get you thinking, and get you putting what you’ve learned into practice.

I’d definitely recommend this book, especially if you feel you’re missing something in your life and need that little something to feel lighter and more free. 😉