What is creativity? How does it work? Why do we value it so highly? It goes without saying that art is a form of creativity, but what about other forms of creativity? Can one artist be more creative than another? Is creativity always a good thing? These are questions I’ve asked myself many times as I’ve worked on my own art, and I have struggled to find the answers.
What Creativity Means to Me is a blog in which I share my thoughts on these and other questions about creativity. This blog isn’t about me, or about anyone else for that matter. It’s about you.
In this blog I hope to encourage you to think about how you view yourself as a creative person, and how others view your creativity. I hope this will give you a chance to reflect on whether your definition of creativity is an accurate one. Is it too narrow, or too broad? Does it leave out important aspects of what you create? Or does it include things that aren’t really creativity at all?
I want to help broaden the way we think about and define creativity, because I believe that doing so will make us all more creative people.
First of all, I’m not a professional artist. I’m a homeschooling mom that’s been drawing since she was little. I’ve been asked to do commissions before, and although I loved drawing them, I felt like it wasn’t really worth the time and effort I put into them. And so for the past few years all my artwork has been for me and my family, or my children’s school.
Trying to define what creativity means to me is hard. It’s something that usually happens subconsciously, but sometimes I have to stop and think about it. But what creativity means to me is definitely different than what it means to others around me.
Creativity to me is an outlet, but not just an outlet for my emotions (although it is that too). It’s an outlet for my imagination; a way to create something that didn’t exist before, whether in reality or in my mind.
The first time I remember creativity being truly important to me was when I was 10 years old and we were studying Egypt in school. We did a project where each child had to make their own mummy using paper towels, toilet paper rolls, bandages, gauze and tape. My mummy was one of the best ones out of all the class because
“Creativity is not just an individual thing. It’s a matter of culture and community, and if you want to be creative, you have to support the people around you who want to be creative.”
– Taylor Mali
As a writer, I am always looking for new ways to express my thoughts and feelings. I think that writing, even though it can be tedious at times, is something that everyone should do. There are so many ways to express yourself through writing: from writing poetry, to writing journals, to blogging…the list goes on and on!
I came across this quote by Taylor Mali while watching Austin Kleon’s Daily Rituals video on youtube. This quote really got me thinking about what creativity means to me in my every day life. It also made me realize that I need to create more time in my schedule for creating things (which I will explain later).
“…writing has been the most important thing in my life for as long as I can remember…If I hadn’t written all those poems when I was young, I wouldn’t be sitting here today.” – Maya Angelou
The quote above reminds me of how important it is to always follow your passion in life. It doesn’t matter if you are not making much money or if
Creativity is the process that generates things like art, science, and technology. It’s a complex phenomenon, but it can be studied.
The trouble is that most people don’t want to study creativity. They want to use it. And if you want to use creativity, you don’t want to understand it. Understanding takes too long; you need to get something done now. You don’t have time for all that understanding stuff; just tell me what works.
This attitude is understandable, but regrettable. Creativity is not a vending machine. We do not know all the possible combinations of inputs; we do not know what will work best; we do not know in advance whether the thing you make will be wonderful or horrible or both or neither; we cannot deliver a beautifully-packaged finished creation ready to put on the shelf or take home and enjoy. So if you want creativity on demand, you are out of luck.
The trick is to remember that creativity is a process–a risky process, full of mistakes and dead ends and frustrations. One way this riskiness can be mitigated is by doing things together instead of alone. When you share ideas with other people and listen carefully to their responses, some of them will point out flaws in your thinking
Creativity: the ability to bring something new into existence.
To me, creativity is the process of connecting ideas to create a new idea. When I think of creativity, I think of it in terms of a network where each piece represents a different idea and the connections represent how each idea connects to another idea.
Telling jokes is one way that I exercise my creativity. Jokes are funny because they combine two or more things that are not normally connected to create an effect that makes people laugh.
”I believe in the imagination, because it is stronger than knowledge, but imagination is a poorer substitute for knowledge.”
My name is Katerina Kamprani, and I am a graphic designer. I have always loved drawing, painting, sculpting and fashion since I was young child. My passion for art has always been a part of my life. It has given me great satisfaction to create things that appeal to many people, so much so that they were interested in what I had created. Nowadays, it seems that with the advance of technology, the world has become a virtual stage. That’s where I started exploring my creative ideas through the Internet and social media platforms such as pinterest and facebook. The latest expression of my creativity is pinterest art which is an art form that uses images found on pinterest boards as the source of inspiration for original artworks.
Throughout this blog you will find an eclectic mix of creations inspired by these images from pinterest boards. Please let me know what you think about this new form of art by leaving comments in the post specific comment boxes or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you very much!
I love to create. I love to imagine things that glow and are magical and beautiful. I enjoy being able to create and make things with my hands that I can’t explain, but give a sense of wonder.
Creating gives me joy, just as it does for everyone else who creates, whether they realize it or not. It is not only the tactile sensation of creating something, but the process itself; the act of spending time focusing on a vision in your head, and attempting to bring that vision into reality. The feeling of opening your eyes and seeing something you have never seen before. That is the magic of creation, and every person should have at least one avenue for creating in their life.
I am a visual artist by trade, though my specialty is in illustration rather than fine art painting or sculpture. I work with acrylics, watercolors, ink, pencils, prismacolor markers and charcoal. Most often I create portraits using ink or charcoal on paper or canvas. However, my paintings are not limited to portraits; occasionally I will paint landscapes or abstracts as well. My artwork also includes embellished photographs (sometimes created from my original photographs).