August 30, 2014
Mona Brooks wrote the book, Drawing with Children in 1986, where she discusses why and when children stop drawing.
She sites that every child draws and loves coloring, but at a certain age they stop, either because they see other people do it better or because they are not encouraged to be creative. She further states that when we stop drawing a certain part of our brain shuts down and remains stagnant. It is that part of the brain that creates and invents.
It doesn’t matter if one is good at drawing or not, what matters is the process of creating. Drawing or painting stimulates a part of the brain that can lead to other problems solving ideas. Expressing ourselves through art not only releases stress, but it can actually lead to making great discoveries. Think of Leonardo Di Vinci and his many inventions. The world is teaming with creative people.
I want to address these people who have stopped creating through lack of encouragement or desire.
I am happiest when I am creating. We are, every single one of us, creative individuals. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way people forget that side of themselves.
One need only look at their daily routine to see that creativity abounds in every single thing we do each day. Everyday we create a lovely environment. We create healthy, nutritious meals or delicious desserts. We create homes and living spaces. We especially create excuses for why we are not doing what we love and enjoy to achieve happiness.
“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” Pablo Picasso said.
Near the end of his career, Pablo Picasso understood the importance of just letting go and freeing his mind to create.
Below is a work my youngest did in kindergarten.
Sarah Bon Breathnach in her book, Simple Abundance suggests that we make a board to get back in touch with our creative side. This process includes cutting out pictures in magazines and pasting them to a board. Today, with Pinterest, one can achieve this goal without the magazines, scissors and paste.
Stop creating excuses and start getting back in touch with your creative side. If you haven’t joined Pinterest yet, go to Pinterest.com and create a board. Find out what it is that you are attracted to and what you want to learn and explore. Get back in touch with that creative side.
You can look at my boards to get some ideas. This is why DIY (Do It Yourself) shows are so popular today. There is a need in our biochemistry, in our DNA to create.
Most important is to realize that everything you do is creative. When you look at your mundane chores as a chance to create, it changes the mundane into a work of art.
Creating a work of art feels good and releases endorphins. There is satisfaction in every job well done. It is our attitude and our intentions that elevate the mind. Our attitude and intention toward what was previously thought a meaningless job can change our outlook on life.
From this day forward do everything with the intention of creating a work of art.