Saying that you are not creative, when you wish you were, will delay your creative dream!
All of humanity's constructive acts started in the imagination, and then were completed within a creative action.
Civilization was courageously built with ideas started in the imagination, and the idea taking flight later in the creative action.
It is natural to be creative.
My creative pursuits have been in the artisan field. I have been a professional artisan for 30 years. With immense joy I wish to share with you my understanding of what it means to be creative, and help you through your blocks.
Being creative isn't something only for special people.
You can be creative in any endeavor that matters to you and is of a virtuous nature.
Being creative involves an activity that one wants to pursue. Activities such as art, music, cooking, writing, gardening, designing, planning a business, and many other things that we want to do encompasses being creative.
"Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected" William Plomer
My experience with my medium as a fabric artist started 14 years ago. I was very enthusiastic about learning how to paint on fabric, primarily silk. I took workshops and learned from wonderful fabric artists.
However, my journey with my new medium started out with a very prominent art critic dismissing my work. I was at my first craft fair showing my new medium with my friend, and was very excited to offer my wares. My father was helping me at the time, and he took the photo you see below. The art critic came to our booth to hang out with my friend and didn't keep his unfavorable opinion of my work to himself, as I overheard everything he was saying about my work.
Ouch! It hurt.
From then on I was determined that the art critic WOULD NOT spoil my interest in my new medium! The photo of me below was before I took several workshops learning the process of setting dyes. I kept going and expanded showing my work years later; both regionally and nationally, over 14 years since that fair.
Fast forward many years and since I kept showing up to my CREATIVE PROCESS, the results are in the photos below of the work I'm doing now...
What I learned from this experience is that you cannot allow an outside critic (friends, public opinion, or family) or your inner critic stop you from pursuing your creative dream. This is dear to you!
We must not give up! There is much to learn about how to silence the inner critic, and ignore the outer critics.