Journal

So you want to be creative…
My belief about the nature of creativity

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. 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. Think of young children. When given coloured crayons and paper, they don’t stop to think about whether or not they can, they just draw. Then …

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To paint or write
The dilemma of having creative choices!

Last night I sat down at the table in my studio to write, page open where I had left off earlier, ready for the words to flow. There, on my left, was a huge canvas, taking up most of my studio space. The painting was particularly tempting because it was at a very interesting inbetween stage, starting to develop elements that were crying out for my attention. I needed to write, but last night I wanted to paint. It got me thinking. What is different between painting and writing? Both are forms of creative expression, but sometimes one form works …

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My childhood dream was rejected
But now I am resurrecting it!

My first publisher’s rejection. I was eighteen years old, and had just started studying Fine Arts at properly—fantasies and fairytales are still some of my favourite stories, and… I have evidence that magic does exist! I diverge… back to my first rejection. I decided to write and illustrate (now that I was officially on the way to being an artist) a children’s story. Unfortunately, in one of the many moves during my period of living abroad, I lost the manuscript, but I can still picture some of the pen and ink drawings. The story—handwritten, there were no computers yet—was about …

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