6 May 2014
a creative life
On a recent camping adventure I found myself with a small group of children and time to kill. Producing a few watercolour palettes, some brushes and old jam jars of water, I sat back and watched it all unfold. There was no question of ability, whether their creations would be deemed "good enough". They colour mixed, splattered watery paint ,experimented with their tools and moved from paper to bark to leaves and back again. They worked with ease, confidence and abandon; they created.
Creativity is an innate component of being human not a rare gift ceremoniously lavished upon a lucky few. I truly believe it is as much a part of being alive as eating, drinking and love. Some people have been privileged to have it fostered in their early years with exposure to mediums, tools and skill development opportunities. But early exposure and lessons aside, the seed of creativity lies within each and every one of us and it is what helps us to problem solve, invent, manage a household and parent children. It defines our individuality and provides a way to unleash our true feelings like no other.
Over the coming weeks I am going to explore creativity; I'm endeavouring to redefine it. I will unpack the creative process and explore ways to weave creative time into the everyday. Hopefully I can offer some organisational strategies for spaces and time to encourage exploratory "play", discuss some mediums and tools and tackle the demons of self criticism, doubt and confidence. Creating in the everyday is something I am deeply passionate about so I hope you will join me on this journey.