So yesterday, Patti asked me to go to the museum with her. Right, the museum. I’m more of a concert, movie, play type of girl.
I was so in!
Jean Paul Gaultier is wild in his creations ~ wild with colors and fabrics, creating designs that are provocative and fabulous with the finest dressmaking and detailing ever. He designed the outfits for Madonna on her tour (and I’m hoping he does mine when I go on tour).
Looking at his work, I could tell he had such great fun doing what he did ~ that he loved expressing his creativity. And now I can’t stop thinking about creativity and how we all express ourselves differently.
I know what you’re probably thinking ~ “I’m not creative. Only real artists are creative, people who are famous.”
That is so far from the truth.
Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.
~ Anne Sexton
Every one of us is creative ~ we just, unfortunately, have this self-limiting idea of what we can and cannot do. Being creative doesn’t mean what you do is shown in a museum, though that just might happen. It’s having fun, letting yourself move from your heart, not your brain. Opening yourself to whatever comes in whatever format you feel drawn to.
Creativity adores solitude…
provide quiet creative time for yourself
It can first fit into the cracks of your life,
and as you nurture it,
it will expand into a glorious interior garden!
My Uncle Tony loves making collages ~ that’s how he lets his creativity shine. He took a Contemplative Collage workshop with this very inspiring, funny, smart woman named Dante Jericho, and he didn’t even have to go to New Mexico where Ms. Jericho lives to take the class. She does collage classes on Facebook ~ yeah, how cool is that.
Collage offers a venue for the rich symbology
of the inner Self to begin dialogue with our waking mind.
Unlike dreams, which recede and fade with time,
collage offers a concrete snapshot,
a workable thumbnail,
of the conversations behind the scene.
~ Dante Jericho
So, you’re not just having fun making something cool, you’re also getting to look inside yourself, which is what art is all about ~ expressing what’s inside.
When it is working, you completely go into another place,
you’re tapping into things that are totally universal,
completely beyond your ego and your own self.
That’s what it’s all about.
~ Keith Haring
Me, I love to sing and act, and Petie likes to write poetry. He thinks he channels Dr. Seuss, which is pretty funny.
Don’t have any idea where to start? Well, here’s a few suggestions:
- Journaling ~ If you’re afraid of being creative or believe that you’re not, write it down, write it all down ~ every criticsm you have, every fear, every thought.
- Hum in the Shower ~ Next time you’re in the shower, start humming ~ make something up, experiment and have fun.
- Sing a Song ~ If you have a favorite song, learn the words and sing it. Who cares if you think you sound off key. Sing with heart and soul. Open your voice.
- Try Writing a Poem ~ Write something that doesn’t have to be shown.
just a little diddie
maybe one about your kitty
it can be long or short
and you can write as you eat a tort
let the words roll out
don’t let yourself pout
creativity is in you
just bring it into full view
- Buy a Coloring Book and Crayons ~ You don’t have to be a kid to buy one of the great new coloring books. Be sure to buy a big box of crayons and dump them out in front of you so you see every color and go for it.
- Paint ~ Buy watercolors or acrylics and paper, and paint. It doens’t have to look like anything, just put your favorite colors on the paper however you want them to be. You can’t make any mistakes ~ it’s your creation.
- Take a Class ~ Check your newspaper for art classes in your area. If you like the idea of making a collage, contact Ms. Jericho and see when the next four-week Facebook class is. I know you won’t be disappointed.
Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist
once we grow up.
~ Pablo Picasso