Tolkien, artist

Thoughts on Creativity

I get asked periodically about creativity. "Where does your creativity come from?" Or, "You're so creative, I could never do what you do." It's a possibility that the person(s) speaking may not be able to do what I do - not in terms of creativity but simple knowledge of the stitches, procedures, and techniques that I use. But I do believe that each person has some creativity.

I get people in my store quite often who are accompanying their friends while they pick some items up for their latest project. Of, if they are very lucky, they are picking beads together because their friend is going to make something for them. When I talk with them, they say thay are not creative people. But then we start exploring the areas in which they ARE creative - because they invariably are, just not in beading or jewelry crafting.

The person who can't/won't bead or make jewelry may be an amazing cook. S/he may have the garden that all of the neighborhood visits. S/he may be the family historian and geneologist. S/he may knit or crochet sweaters and socks. S/he may write...oh...she may write. The creativity of mankind spreads its wings throughout everyone, but in different ways. Explore your personal creavitity today and feed it.
Most people are creative, but it's a kind of creativity that may not necessarily be acknowledged as such. When "we" think of creativity, most of us think along artistic lines - writing, composing music, painting, beading, sculpting. But there is creativity in being able to plan an itinerary, manage a number of people working together, and so on.

Also, while creative talent is certainly a plus, it takes diligence and a willingness to practice often to hone that into ability. My violin teacher used to talk about her "Idiot Joe" hours of doing exercises that would hone the precision of her playing so that when she did tackle something, she had the skills with which to accomplish it. The Japanese way of teaching Sumi-e brush painting is to do the same figure over and over and over again until one can do it as well as the Master does. In this world of Instant Satisfaction, taking that amount of time to learn something properly is becoming the exception rather than the rule.

The question of Muses (when it comes to writing or painting or beading) is another kettle of fish entirely. :-D
Exactly, I think you've hit it on the head, Aearwen.

As for those elusive Muses....that kettle is certainly a completely different one (and somewhat elusive also).

- Erulisse (one L)