• Carolyn Land

The Blessing of Creativity

“The act of creation is a kind of ritual.  The origins of art and human existence lie hidden in this mystery of creation. Human creativity reaffirms and mystifies the power of ‘life’.”                                                     Keith Haring

Mixed Media painting by FL artist Carolyn Land

Evolution


During this Thanksgiving Holiday, we give thanks, and take stock of the blessings we have.  So I thought, it would be appropriate today, to write about the “Blessing of Creativity”.  Creativity sets us apart from all other living things. It is a central source of meaning in all our lives.  If we are not being creative, we are probable using something, or enjoying something, that was the result of someone else’s creativity.  Some points about creativity to think about:

  1. It is at the heart of problem solving and innovation. It has been the spark of progress since the Stone Age.

  2. It ignites our imagination, which can free us from the shackles of everyday life. It allows us to play with ideas, and dreams, in our mind.

  3. Creative activities can bring us joy and release stress; whether we are being the creator, or enjoying what someone else has created.

  4. Creative activity can be a catalyst for: learning, innovative thinking, and higher-level critical thinking skills.

  5. Creative activities can be therapeutic. They allow a person to release deep emotions that sometimes transcend words. The “National Organization of Arts in Health”, recently publish a paper which stated that: “within art lies a powerful tool for healing.”

  6. Our creative by products, can be at the heart of stewardship. By sharing that which we have created, we give pleasure to those who view it, listen to it, or read.

I am so grateful to be on the higher end of the creative spectrum. The act of creating a two-dimensional or three-dimensional piece of art, brings a great deal of joy and fulfillment to my life, as it does to most artists.  I can totally lose myself in the process of art making.

So I say thank you to:

  1. the mother who didn’t tell me the tree had to be green and round.

  2. all the teachers who shared their knowledge and helped me develop my skills.

  3. the students I have, and have had, for the motivation and energy they have given me.

  4. the great artists, in all fields, that have touched and enriched my life with there talents.

  5. the art organizations I am, and have been a part of, for encouragement, and the friendships they have fostered.

  6. the patrons who have found meaning in my work, and purchased it.

This is blog 75!   Thank you, to all who have subscribed, and have let me share my thoughts with you, and have shared yours with me.  Yes, Creativity is certainly a blessing!

    (I love this quote!)                     “Creativity is our intelligence having fun.”                  Albert Einstein          

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