Rain, rain don’t go away, stay with me everyday.
I think that when it’s raining, it puts me in a better and more productive mood. I’m sitting down in front of the fire curled up in an alpaca wool blanket and surrounded by watercolour pencils, my journal and ABBA. And how are you doing?
Today I wanted to talk about creativity. It’s not like only some people are lucky enough to be blessed with a creative mind. Everyone can be creative. When we were toddlers, we were all creative. But I feel that as we get older, it dies down, and we believe that there’s none of that special stuff left inside of us. But we’re wrong. It’s not like artists and architects can be creative, but doctors or plumbers can’t be because their jobs don’t ‘require creativity’. That’s piffle. It’s just about finding your creative spirit, an outlet, and nurturing it to become confident and strong. We all have far more creative potential to be tapped.
I was half reading this book called “Creative Confidence” which was what inspired me to write this post. After seeing it lying around with it’s oh-so appealing name and cover, I couldn’t resist picking it up. Even from reading only the smallest snippet, it was enough for me to realise that everyone has a bit of creativity inside of them.
For me, as I said in SPLAT, I recently rediscovered my love for watercolour. It calms me down, especially when I’m writing to my penpal, and I know that my art is going to someone else to appreciate. But as I said before, being creative doesn’t just mean being good at art or something like that. It’s a common misconception, and really, we use our creative sense in our everyday lives. To do speak, to dance even to read or interpret. So embrace it, encourage it, nurture it. “Belief in your creative capacity lies at the heart of innovation”
Also, I recently went to this dance-workout-thingy (I have no idea how to describe it!) called No Lights, No Lycra. It’s at a local hall, and its $7 admission. By the time you arrive, the music is already blasting, and people are dancing. In complete darkness. I love this, because you can do the most crazy dance moves, and no one can see you! The best part is that, as well as having a total blast, it is also a complete full on workout. Honestly, everyone turns up in their ‘activewear’, despite the name! So google it (no lights no lycra), and see if there’s one near you because it’s such an amazing experience. So good for the soul!
Here are some shots from me and Imogen at the art gallery/biennale 2016: