I remember a college art professor who once walked into the studio with a huge, cardboard box. He proceeded to dump the contents onto a large, centrally located table and all that the box contained was a variety of shoes. “Draw this,” he said, after which he quickly turned and left the class. Wow.
I must say that, over the course of my time spent at that school, I was introduced to a much more imaginative group of teachers; however, it was genius in its own right. It forced us to be creative in our approach to capturing the essence of an unremarkable collection of items.
Many people cringe at the thought of being creative. For some reason, they don’t feel they possess any sort of artistic talent and the thought of attempting something in that vein is outside the comfort zone. I challenge that.
Each of us has to be creative day in and day out, and we needn’t consider ourselves to be artistic to do so. We need to make snap decisions at home, at work and in our social lives which would certainly be considered creative. Robert Franken defines creativity as “the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.” Feeling more creative now? You do those things every day.
It’s good for us to attempt to do things which are outside our realm of comfort. To try our hand at a new activity challenges the brain and makes the mind learn in new ways. This is a good thing.
So the next time your left-thinking brain is confronted with a right-thinking problem – get creative. You have it within you to come up with a fabulous solution – just allow yourself the idea that it is possible.
If necessity is the mother of invention, creativity is at least the wacky aunt. Let her in now and then, won’t you?