Hey, Guess what? You’re an Artist, Too!
“I love your work! I wish I could make something like this, but I don’t have a creative bone in my body!”
I can’t even count how many times I hear people say things like this.
I’m generally not very argumentative or confrontational, but I think this is a load of bull…..and if you say this to me, I will tell you so.
I believe that every human is a creator and that creativity is inherent in all of us. Our creativity is sometimes pushed down by institutions and beliefs (belonging to others as well as ourselves) that tell us artists are a rare breed, or that art is frivolous and unimportant, but this is just not true. Creativity is essential in all fields, and we were all born with the same creative potential. Maybe not in all of the same areas, but I really sense that it’s just a matter of finding what our “thing” is.
When we shift our perspectives and widen our definitions of art and creativity, surely it’s not that far of a stretch to see that we are all creative beings. We may express ourselves in different ways and in different areas of our lives, but when we notice and nurture this truth we give ourselves permission to flourish and build confidence in the fact that we are ALL artists.
When we learn to trust ourselves and have faith that we are all a part of that creative field out of which everything unfolds, we can realize that creativity is innate within us. And not only that…..humans are the most innovative creatures on this planet. We have the ability to imagine and then bring into existence what we visualize in our minds. Not only is conscious creativity is our specialty, it’s how we continue to survive and evolve as a species!
We pick our our clothing, we do our hair, we decorate our houses, we prepare food, we are in relationship with others, we build things, we fix and mend, we problem solve all sorts of situations (I often say making art is nothing more than a problem solving exercise). Some of us who actually call ourselves “artists” partake in practices that are more narrowly and conventionally defined as art – painting, sculpting, music, photography, writing, drama, etc, etc. Some people are creative in obscure ways or with rare or odd materials – I never in a million years would have guessed I’d be bending spoons and forks for a living, but playful experimentation and confidence in my abilities brought me here.
So I encourage you, if you are one of those “I’m not creative” thinking people: Change your self talk. Get out there and experiment, have fun and please give yourself credit for all of the ways in which you are already creating in your lives!
You are an amazing artist! XO