The journey to creativity

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:It was an honor to address the Wilbraham Art League (Tuesday) with my topic “The Journey to Creativity.” There was lots of love, creative energy, and an abundance of enthusiasm and great talent in the room.

It was an honor to address the Wilbraham Art League (Tuesday) with my topic “The Journey to Creativity.” There was lots of love, creative energy, and an abundance of enthusiasm and great talent in the room. In lieu of a handout, I pledged to restart my blog. Highlights of my talk…

I find it curious the moment that we have it all figured out and are content with what we have…is the moment we plateau as an artist. I thought I had it all figured out. Then the universe gifted me a small garden in the corner of the world – my ministry – where there is freedom to express and to inspire. The Gallery and Learning Center thrives now.

Nobody is aware of the path we take to come to our art. They only see our art. Thus it needs to be honest and true to us. Creativity requires courage to let go of our uncertainties. Our lack of risk accounts for more mediocrity and sameness then any lack of so-called genius.

Worry. Doubt. Fear. They inhibit imagination. Our imagination, like a muscle, is capable of strengthening, stretching, and growing. We strive to be confident in our style in our art. Everything changes when we start creating for ourselves and our interests. When this happens we will see our style emerge and develop. The style of our work will not change until we make the mental leap and declare: “This is who I am and how I interpret my day and connection.”

The clarity and freedom that comes with realizing who we are and where our work is headed is incredible. We have what we have regarding talent. No amount of wishing changes it. Our hard work, guided and well directed and supported becomes passionate, risky, playful work. That is all we have. Yet we can push beyond or self-imposed obstacles by creating beyond our limits. It’s a process. Not only do we have different processes, our own process is a unique result of who we are, and at a certain point, we need to learn to trust it.

The more we work on our craft, the more we will see the blindspots and the gaps in our expertise. There is so much to learn. We cannot master it all. We can however prioritize. In my life experience, it is the very idea we most dread doing, that is the one we need to embrace and work on now.
Be inspired.
Trust your muse.
Thank you.

Image: Lotus #2. (I was inspired to take a risk, trust, and convert the color Lotus image. Thrilled now.)

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