Thursday, January 31, 2013

Up in the Frigid Midwest

This time of year is the perfect time to do indoor projects.....including hobbies and art.
And as the beginning of the year seems to make
 us more introspective,  what a great time it is to exercise our creative muscles !

 If you are a painter, writer, musician, filmmaker or artist of any kind,  take advantage of technology by finding podcasts about your particular area .  But also think outside the box and explore other
disciplines.  For example, I sometimes listen to podcasts about film because the verbal description or critique of a film can conjure up images for my artwork.  It is also a means of inspiring me to create when I find myself in a slump.  And I don't mean watching a movie !  I find it is a great exercise  to listen to words about something to stimulate creative ideas.  They have a far different effect on creativity than watching a video.  Listening to a book on audio can have the same effect.
I am a firm believer that all of us have more creativity than we think we do.  We often don't think we are creative simply because we are not open to the idea that we can create something.

    "Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up                  if only you try."  ~Dr Seuss

All it takes, in some cases, is to just try something, however small, and keep trying.  The key is to start, and then build on your successes. 

So on this last day of the first month of a new year...... I encourage you to create something... be proud of it ...and continue to create things!  It can be a very satisfying occupation of your time.

"Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up"  ~  Pablo Picasso