Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
- Pablo Picasso
I was a painting major for a while at my previous university. Even though it didn't last as long as I would have liked, it was one of the best experiences of my life. Maybe it was just the fact that I was (and still am) a major art nerd, but I soaked up every bit of interesting information I could get my hands on. And I loved it all. I felt like a certain part of me was hungry and only creative things could satisfy me. Being around all of the artists, materials, creative juices, and the general atmosphere of the art department made for a great time in my life. To this day, even if I'm not painting or making any kind of art, I like to surround myself with art. It could be a certain eraser, a certain scrap of inspiration, an actual framed piece, or even pretty clothes draped over a door. I don't just like the things I surround myself with, I put them around me to help keep me creative, to feed the artist inside of me, to help keep the art alive. Although it's hard sometimes to stay creative, it's absolutely necessary for me to have some kind of art in my life.
But the thing is, it's not just because I'm an "artist" that I do these things. I think everyone is an artist and I think that everyone should express their creative talents. I believe that there's a beauty in expressing creative thoughts. It's like people giving their opinions in their own unique voice; it's subjective, but it connects us all. And I believe that art can take any form. It can be sewing, painting, architecture, origami, blogging, photography, cooking, making wind chimes, duct tape art, and well.. pretty much anything. I think there is creativity inside all of us-- a bright, creative artist that needs to express itself. I believe that it is an innate human quality to be creative; otherwise, why would our world look and behave the way that it does? Creativity, the artist inside all of us, is a necessary part of our lives. It's what, in my opinion, makes us human. Not to mention, being creative is beneficial to our mental and physical health states: it provides us with a creative outlet, it lets us escape normal, mundane routines, and since it's something we enjoy doing, it sends "good vibrations" (for lack of going all scientific with talking about endorphins and ions) throughout our mind and bodies that are very good for our health.
How to Let Your Inner Artist OutI can certainly vouch for the complaints of being creative: it's hard to get into the mood of being creative, it's expensive to be really involved in a creative hobby, I don't have enough time to hold up a hobby, and the list goes on. But like I say all the time, you make room for things that are important to you. And I really believe that letting your artist out is important. According to the website, The Gnomon Workshop, 78% of people think that being able to create makes a real difference in their lives. Creativity give two-thirds of the people a sense of belonging. And 67% believe that being creative is valuable to society.I've come up with ways to let our inner artists out (and to help keep them fed and active).
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