I never stopped to think about whether or not I was creative. Until people started saying things to me like “I wish I was creative like you” or “I don’t have a creative bone in my body”. This was usually when they discovered I was a painter. I have always just done stuff… and not just drawing or painting. As a child, I was always writing stories, and making up games to play with my brothers. We used to dress up and put on plays that I had written for my granny. And I went through a stage when I made all my own clothes. Mind you, that might have had something to do with not having much money at the time…!
Some people are probably innately more creative than others. But at the same time, if one wants to be creative, or develop one’s creativity, it can be done. That’s what my workshops are all about – having people get in touch with their own creativity, and then giving them tools and methods to help them continue the experience.
I don’t think that’s something that can really be categorised.
Think of young children. Give them coloured crayons and paper, and they don’t stop to think about whether or not they can, they just draw. Then what happens? Some are better at drawing than others, and are praised for their efforts. Because one drawing is a better likeness of a person it does not mean the child is more creative. It simply means he or she has more natural talent for drawing, composing or colour—visual art.
All forms of art, of course: painting, drawing, sculpture, and newer forms of digital art. But art is not the only expression of creativity. There is writing. And cooking, baking, gardening, giving special gifts, making a beautiful home, arranging flowers… the list of ways to express creativity is endless. I have a friend whose exquisite table settings make dinners at her house special events.
Oh, it’s something along the lines of… I wish I could do that, but I’m not creative.
Not everybody needs to develop their creative ability. But in our technology-driven world, being creative is a very useful skill to have. More and more people are wanting to do creative things, but at the same time seem to be a bit scared to try.
Although I never force people to do anything they are uncomfortable with, even the most hesitant end up getting involved, and I love seeing their confidence grow. It is very rewarding to have participants leave feeling excited about new possibilities for creative self-expression.
I think being creative starts with believing you are. So start with small creative projects that will make you feel good about your creative ability, and your creative confidence will grow from there.