Finding creativity


It’s been a crazy-fast few weeks.

Some nice things, including giant bowls of soba at Wagamama…

… a steady stream of sketch.every.day drawings …

… a little ‘Feathered‘ exhibition with some of my recent work is now up at Pranah cafe …

… and Spring is not far away!


But, lately, what I’ve been working on most is creativity.

‘Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know…Hence, to think creatively we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.’

-George Kneller, 1965, The Art and Science of Creativity

To anyone who has ever said, thought or chosen to believe that they are not ‘creative’, ‘can’t draw’, have ‘no artistic bones’ in their body – I say, you are mistaken.

I have always felt awkward when offered overwhelming praise, or the kind of words that seem to elevate me above someone else as a ‘talented’ individual. It feels almost like embarrassment, perhaps drawn from a feeling that I shouldn’t need to be given such high admiration for doing what comes most easily to me.

You may find that you are most creative when problem solving in maths, finding new solutions scientific anomaly, or utilizing intriguing effects in photography. I happen to find it most direct and expressive to explore my thoughts through drawing. These are all outlets for creative energy; not creativity itself.

The requirement for being creative, therefore, is not the technical precision associated with a craft (that comes 99% from practice anyway!). It is about seeing the same thing from a different standpoint, and grasping a chosen medium with to reveal the view from your new perspective. Creativity is the willingness to wonder about things, to persevere in seeking answers to questions not yet asked. It’s seeing things. Not just looking, but perceiving.

For anyone interested in examining how to delve into their own creativity, I highly recommend Betty Edwards’ book, Drawing on the Artist Within. I am only partway through it but already I have had insights that have changed my outlook on how I respond to my thoughts, to events, and to challenges arising every day.

‘Curiosity, that once impious act that dares to question what was given, is the key to the fantastic.’
(p. 30, Marian Bantjes, I Wonder)

So go out there. See everything. Create. And never stop wondering.

xx

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