What’s Creative in June?
With apologies for not publishing anything for a few weeks, we have decided to make the June post a little bigger than usual.
BUT I AM NOT CREATIVE!
This statement is something that almost every person that every person we work with on a ‘creative program’ will say. People believe it with a passion. If I ask a group of adults in a room “who is creative?” everyone looks at the floor and you will hardly ever see a hand raised. If I however ask a room of 5 year olds “who here is creative?” everyone’s hands fly in the air? What’s the difference?
1. From the moment we start to use colouring books as children, we learn that there is a right or a wrong way of doing things. In the lines is neat/correct/praised, outside is messy, incorrect and not praised. We go to school and we get rewarded for only a right or wrong answer. University and then work keeps reinforcing this. Right or wrong – no sideways thinking or possibilities.
2. Our internal voice starts to talk to us. It tells us to stay inside our creative comfort zone. Any time we do something that experimental or a little crazy, it tells us to watch out. What will people think? What will my friends say? What if my picture doesn’t look perfect? I could never do it as good as that other person….
3. What we do with our time. Creative people spend their time differently. They spend their time doing creative things. They make a choice to do something interesting and new instead of staying in their comfort zone in front of the TV. They maintain, develop and grow their creativity. As we get older we generally stop doing creative things.
We learn to be uncreative. The great thing is that we can learn to be creative. I will use music as an example. At the moment I don’t play any musical instruments. My belief and that of my friends would be that I am not musical. I tell myself if I jumped up and started playing the guitar it would sound pretty awful. It may be fun but wouldn’t sound great. HOWEVER, if I go and buy a guitar and a book of chords and start to play every day, I improve. I take some lessons. I improve some more. After a few months, I ask a few friends over to jam. We do this every week. We sound OK and we are having a great time. After a few more months, I take my guitar to a birthday party and play it when we sing Happy Birthday. My friends think and say, “Simon is musical”. I believe them. I am musical, I play the guitar.
So learning to be creative again is very, very possible! It just starts with some effort. So, do something creative this weekend and watch the good times roll!
Plenty more on how to re-spark that creativity next blog…….
CREATIVE BUDS CAN BLOOM IN A RECESSION
You would have to be living under a very big rock to not hear the talk day in and day out about the global financial crisis and the effect it will have on business, the economy and our hip pockets. But what is the effect of a so-called recession on artists and Australia’s creative culture? Marcus Westbury gives his thoughts here
DON’T MISS AN AWESOME EXHIBITION – BE VERY QUICK!
The exhibition by Yayoi Kusama: Mirrored Years at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney is one of the most amazing, visually brilliant exhibitions that I have seen in a long time. Even if you know nothing about art (not a bad thing) you will absolutely love this exhibition. It has something for everyone. It is a sensory overload as you walk around another world that bombards you with colour and form – and kids love it. So if you are in Sydney, check it out. The exhibition continues until June 8. For more information click here
There was a conversation on a radio station today where people were ringing in saying what scared them. One girl said it was the large inflatable men with long arms that you always see at the football or outside a car yard as they were too unpredictable. Another said it was buttons. The last caller said that it was a paper cut to your eye ball. With much laughter the host asked how could this ever happen? The reply was that a paper plane could fly past your eye and cut it. Whilst this seems highly unlikely, it provides a great example of an imaginative mind. Every time we imagine anything, we are utilising our amazing creative potential. So beware of flying paper planes – especially if you don’t wear glasses.