WE CREATE BECAUSE WE HAVE TO!
Now, that statement can come across pretty bold. After all, is EVERYONE really creative? I believe so! You see, it would be extremely difficult to get through life with absolutely NO creativity at all. We’re all creating something, somewhere at sometime or another. We can’t not! It’s just that some folks are a bit better at it than others. And, why is that? Yes, some are born extremely creative — and some work at it. And, yes, some don’t give it much attention at all. Therein lies your answer.
If you were blessed with amazing creative ability right out of the womb… you probably already know it. So, no sense in belaboring that point. And, if you just don’t care much about creativity… well, you’re most likely not reading this blog article right now (MORE ON CREATIVITY?). Nope, I don’t think so. Soooo, that leaves the rest of us… Yup, I said US! You see, I don’t feel as if I entered this world with amazing creative ability. I think I was pretty much a normal kind of normal kid growing up. I went to school, did my homework, played with the neighborhood kids… that was pretty much it. It really wasn’t until I hit my teens when I realized that I too could be as creative as the amazing creatives I would admire. So, I began to do something about it. My own personal creative life’s journey took me down the path of making short animated films. Mostly because my dad owned an eight mm movie camera and I began experimenting with it. Later on, acting! It’s since taken me the remainder of my life to allow all the rest of it to unfold. And, it’s still unfolding! Why? Because I exercise my creative muscles — regularly! And, like most muscles, the more you exercise them the larger they grow and the stronger they become!
I talk a lot about creating for the sake of creating. You know, doing it just because. And, one art form that expresses that more than most is the art of — STREET CHALK ART!
I’ve caught up with CHALK ARTISTS on several different occasions. And if you look at the pics below, you’ll see that Street Artist were out doing what they do — down on their hands and knees, chalk in hand, drawing on the street! Their own art form, right there, on their knees, chalk in hand, creating on main street! I LOVE THESE GUYS! They don’t sell it, they don’t give it away and they can’t take it home with them. Sure, everyone who passes by will in some form take something away with them… but not the art itself. You see, this art is truly art for the sake of art! They create it, we appreciate it — and within two days or less, it all goes away. By, By!
I asked the artists what their feelings were about leaving their art on the street once the show was over… It wasn’t so much what they answered that was impressive as was the look on their faces as soon as they heard the question. The response — a moment of chagrin, a switch of the eyes, a tilt of the head (sorta like a dog does when you talk to them funny) and then… their responses. “This is what I do.” I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT!
So, whether you’re creating art for application and/or product — or creating art for the sake of creating, my answer remains consistent. Simply stated — CREATE! As often as you can, CREATE! It’s truly a gift from THE CREATOR. And, gifts are most appreciated when put to use.
To make or produce or bring into being using your talents and imagination.
THE ARTISTS FREEWAY – [Your free weekly exercise.]
- Schedule some specific CREATIVE TIME. Time for you — ALONE!
- Choose something to create: PAINTING — WRITING — SINGING — PLAYING MUSIC — SCENES/MONO’S — CHARACTERS — COMEDY — FOOD — DANCE — AVANT-GARDE — SOMETHING COMPLETELY WILD — ETC.
- Start creating.
- Keep creating… and create for the sake of creating.
- When you’re through playing and the creating is over — simply walk away and leave it all behind. (Like building a sandcastle at the beach just before the tide comes in.)
- Take only your creative experience with you.
- Jot down some notes about it all and be prepared to share your experience(s) in the studio.