Generally though, our personal creativity is channelled into making our own lives more comfortable and pleasant. Drawing is only one key to unlocking our creative potential and helping it to flow into our lives. When we begin to think in new and different ways this affects all other areas of our life. Once the synapses in our brains make new connections they seem to look for new connections in other ways too.We can display obvious inventiveness in our cooking, home decoration, even making our guests welcome; we need not be ‘artists’ to be creative.
It will also shift our minds to a peaceful, almost meditative state, away from our day-to-day worries and cares. If we judge our efforts too harshly afterwards we may become demoralised, of course. If possible draw for pleasure and practice and not for the individual end product.
Using the same skills of line, form, shape, tone etc, we can explore how we are feeling inside, literally drawing out our inner feelings. Deep inside, we are all creative beings; created to be creative and to express our own unique voice in the world. Sadly, many people have never found that voice, and have had it squashed down inside them until it can hardly see the light of day. We all know that there’s a glimmer inside us though. Nobody makes bad decisions on purpose; we all think we’re doing the ‘right thing’, however misguided it may be. We may have huge regrets afterwards. Atoning for our misdeeds and learning from our mistakes is what gives us hope for the future.
Great works of art are created by people expressing their deepest feelings of being human and alive. They are able to use their depressions, revelations, despairs and frustrations to inspire and touch the rest of us. Seeing, hearing, reading another human being’s outpouring of emotion can spark our own inspired creativity too, and help us live richer, enhanced lives.
I love to paint - and draw - and help others to discover their creative side too.....
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