Does anyone know where March went?
Do you ever get that feeling that somehow you’ve missed a month? I think that happens when we are super busy and have hardly had time to stop for a breath. A friend said to me the other day,
“Oh its April – first month of Autumn.” I had to point out that Autumn starts in March on this side of the world. But it was funny because I felt the same – its been so mild it hasn’t seemed like autumn at all. The weather’s probably been more like a hot English summers day – I suspect!
Education is an area which still doesn’t acknowledge that creativity is an important life skill. Not only that, it is arguably one of the most important skills we can develop in the 21st century.
It was refreshing to read this article on the Presentation Zen blog in which Sir Ken Robinson speaks about this very thing. What is interesting is his thoughts about how our schools until now, have trained us to meet the needs of industrialization. This is a sentiment echoed in Seth Godin’s new book Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? which is well worth a read. I’m only half way through it at the moment and will talk more about that in another post.
I would estimate that maybe 90% of the worlds population not only are unaware of their own untapped creative potential, but that many of them also actively deny they have any.
Why is that do you think?
For many many years creative people have been regarded with a range of judgments such as; odd, wacky, not got their feet on the ground, far out hippies, eccentric, not to be trusted, non conformist types that just don’t even try to fit in.
It is amazing when you think about it because while they rail at creatives in one breath , in the next they are admiring the Sistine chapel or Gaudi’s wonderfully eccentric buildings.
Gaudi Building - Barcelona
I suspect that the driving thing behind most people’s denial of their own creativity is a deep fear of things like – being different, standing out from the crowd, or being remarkable. Even more terrifying, might be uncovering something within themselves which would call to them, thus upsetting the status quo of their carefully orchestrated, safe lives…..
“Every good thought you think is contributing its share to the ultimate result of your life” Grenville Keiser.
What a great quote!
I came across a wonderful site the other day Behance which goes a long way towards solving the dilemmas faced by creatives in business in particular. This site is organized into helpful modules that assist the organizing of the creative process which, by its very nature is often disorganized and chaotic.
I was impressed that Behance Founder and CEO, Scott Belsky had the insight to set up a business like this and that there is now enough demand out there for it to be successful for them. This is an indication that business is finally beginning to take notice and realize that creativity isn’t just something for the ‘out there’ artists. Rather it is a powerful tool for business survival in the 21st Century.
As a creativity coach, I often find that one of the most difficult areas for creatives is to move from that ‘leading edge’ creative headspace to concrete manifestation of their wonderful ideas. The Behance Company is catering to the different working modalities that we as creatives have. They have online organizational tools and also a great range of paper products with things like a dot grid journal and paint to make any surface into a white board area.
Photo Credit – Deamstime.com/Geraktv
I decided it was time to stock up on some more Creative Inspiration this week and went for an Artist Date. I came across this idea of an Artist Date in one of Julia Cameron’s books called ‘The Artists Way’. This book is a fantastic resource for creative people and her idea of Artists Dates is something I wholly embrace and highly recommend. I will talk about the concept more in another post but if you want to know more – go here now.
I choose to do this on a monthly basis – spending a whole day and often travelling to Sydney. I find a lot more inspiration in the City, there are so many different things to go and explore. Rather than spending a couple of hours a week where I live, I find this works better for me. That’s not to say of course that I won’t sometimes pop into a local gallery or something that catches my interest.
I live an hour and a half on the train,
from Sydney – a really pretty train ride actually. For part of the trip the train wends its way beside and over inland waterways,and through tunnels and bushland.
Last week I went to the Powerhouse Museum – a fascinating place full of great foto opportunities. I gathered lots of rich detail for photoshop texture brushes and
painting and digital reference material.
Floor of Steam Engine
Well worth the visit if you live close enough to go.