Artistic imagination

Artistic imagination is one of a creators most important assets. To continue the previous conversation on day dreaming, is daydreaming any more important to us as artists, or to creative people than to any one else?

Well actually it is. Why?

To create significant works of art we need to develop our artistic  imagination or the  ability to imaginate to a much higher level than that of other people. Fiction writers for example, create whole worlds in their imaginations, as do film makers. Think about the amount of visionary imagination it takes to create a movie like Avatar.

Artistic  Imagination

This movie for example, has so many levels to it…

  • It is visually stunning
  • The complexity of the imaginary world both on the practical and philosophical level
  • The high degree of digital technical effects and problems to be surmounted in achieving the desired film footage
  • The layered societal and moral values presented by the film
  • Not to mention the the visual beauty of this extraordinary movie

And one could go on and on. This required a highly developed artistic imagination and much day dreaming to bring it into the world.  It is highly unlikely that the attendant at the local gas station or the miner working in a coal mine, would ever be able to conceive of such a thing. As for bringing  it into being well that’s another thing entirely. But the artist, be it movie maker, musician or painter, who wants to create amazing things, needs to develop his or her artistic imagination and one of the ways to do this is through day dreaming.

If your interests lie in the creative arts, then you need to develop your imagination muscle.


This Weeks Question: How is the day dreaming going?

Look For Thursday’s Post: See how the left-handed paintings are progressing

Next Monday’s Post: A look at another of the artist’s qualities – this time it is about Choosing.


Artist’s Qualities – Day Dreaming or Imaginating.

Day Dreaming is something not regarded with much favour in our culture. Not only does it seem to not have any worth, it is actually seen as something counter productive to the ‘real business’ of life. This is one of the limiting beliefs that creative people have been fooled into believing. Did your teachers or parents ever say to you any of the following, or similar…..

For heavens sake Johnny, get your head out of the clouds
You are such a dreamer
Stop gazing out of the window and come back to the ‘real world’
Oh – she’s off with the fairies, day dreaming again
Day Dreaming doesn’t pay the bills you know

Day Dreaming

Sound familiar? Something we have had actively drummed out of us as kids, is the ability to day dream. The missing secret most of our parents never knew, is that “day dreaming” is the key to manifesting what we want in our lives. Children instinctively know this. They are very good at creating worlds in their imaginations. Have you ever noticed how a child has no problem putting two totally unrelated things together and creating a ‘magical something’ out of it. I have noticed my granddaughter do this again and again. Connecting two things I would have never thought of putting together.

If you want to manifest something in your life the key is to see and feel it as if it is already there. Children can do this readily. The problem with adults is that they focus on what already is and therefore stop or block the allowing of what they actually want.

SoDay Dreaming or imaginating as I like to call it,  is a very important skill we need to relearn as adults.

One of the main problems we havewith this,  is that we see day dreaming as a waste of our ‘precious time’. We think rather, that the way to get what we want. is through being productive.   Nothing could be further from the truth! Like you, I was brought up embracing these erroneous thought processes and it takes time and effort to change them.

This Weeks Question: Do you ever still day dream and if you don’t what would you need to do in order to begin again?

Next week look for: More on Day Dreaming and Imaginating

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Posted by: Kadira Jennings

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