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Creativity is Expression

7 Feb

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It is no secret that creativity is a form of expression.

Have you discovered the reasons why creativity allows you to express yourself?  There may be several reasons why allowing creative thoughts and actions into your life can benefit you. In today’s Club Creative Studio’s blog post I want to touch on  few aspects explaining how creativity can  help you define who you are.  While it is true that “you are you” as a unique being and you are capable of expressing your individuality in several ways, how you express your creativity is where being creative comes into play.  Being creative and allowing yourself to be true will give you the chance to express yourself to the fullest.

Let’s say you are naturally a shy person. There is nothing wrong with having this quality at all, I am thinking of a word that has a reference to a characteristic many seem to want to overcome in some degree level.  Some people wish they were more outgoing, more brave and daring, louder, more showing of self-confidence.

Whatever the challenge we see as a potential shortcoming which by we identify with for any reason, I believe that by adding creativity into the mix, we  allow ourselves to tackle those challenges more readily.  Art therapists will probably be among the first of many to tell you that the use of art in many forms will free you of many things. I too believe in the power of art as a means of expression and a break through to many situational problems or concerns.  Letting out what is inside is a release of sort that can have a healing and revealing process associated with it. Do you know how being creative can benefit you?

 My Five Benefits to Being Creative

1.  Release.  Using creativity as a means of release can free you up of unwanted stress and tension. Free your mind of worries for a bit, or share what is considered over-load information in a different venue.

2.  Answers an Inner Need. Being creative allows you to be satisfied with the needs that you have to express what your imagination fosters. Do you have a need to be expressive and share your inner thoughts? No matter if a creative need is expressed to yourself in a private journal entry or sung out loud to the roof tops, creativity can call upon your inner needs and be filled.

3.  It’s Natural.  It may not seem that way sometimes but, we all have the potential to be highly creative. It is only when we become older that we lose sight of how easily creativity can flow because of all of our hang-ups. Being creative can become automatic and freeing we can appreciate the natural built-in drive to strive to be creative we already have, naturally. Creativity is natural and it is contagious. Creativity begets Creativity.

4.  It’s a Brain Game.  Looking at creativity growth as a personal challenge is a way to increase it with intended purpose. It takes practice to be creative without having to think about what you are doing.  The more times you are calling upon yourself to think or act on a creative thought or impulse, the faster those opportunities appear when you need them the most. Your out-of-the-box thinking concepts will become more frequent when you train yourself to be more expressive and imaginative every chance you can.  I believe being more creative can become a personal challenge and attainable goal.  Practice of anything will bring about a change.

5,  Shake It Up. Expressions of creativity shakes up our senses.  Adding a new view to a situation, a twist on a solution, or a vision of enlightenment stemming from a creative thought adds spice to life.  Even if you are not the one being creative but you are listening to a creative person or thought, their creative actions or words can inspire you to act in a creative manner as well.  Why not use creativity to shake up your world?  The world needs MORE creative thinkers. We need different solutions, we desire our days to be exciting and worth remembering. When creativity shakes up and changes something, we take notice.

If creativity or calling upon your creativity is not your strong suit, I guess I made this list for you in mind. If you can find one of the numbers helpful to inspire a creative spark and reason to be creative today, I’d love to hear about it by a comment below this post. Have a great day being “Creative Everyday”!

Creativity: Where Is It?

29 Jan

Thomas Merton quote.

Thomas Merton quote.

Club Creative Studio has a few questions for you to ponder today.  Concerning CREATIVITY…do you know where it can take you?  Hopefully you do not have to look long or hard to find it. Creativity can be found within yourself or within others.  So knowing that; where is it? Do you know where to look or who to look at? Do you know what it can do for you? Where it will lead you?

Discovering creativity levels within yourself or others is a growing and learning process.  As the quote from Thomas Merton suggests, art  (or creativity in general) enables or allows us to find ourselves. We can discover what is deep within us or at the top of the surface.  Merton also goes on to say in the quote that we can also lose ourselves at the same time, meaning that we can set ourselves free and experience creativity at its fullest, not paying much mind of other things going on around us. Creativity never grows old or goes out of style. Creativity may grow stale but we can always revive it and relive it and improve.

Creativity Never Goes Out  of Style

One place to start looking is quite obvious. Merely look ALL AROUND! Yes! Creativity is all around us, I have always said this many times. Open your eyes to discover the unique qualities of life around you. How can you get lost in creativity and where will it lead you?

While I was a classroom art teacher, everyday I would strive to stress in my students the importance of seeing creativity around us. Expressing it and experiencing creative venues gave our students the chance to see where creativity could take them.  Maybe they were introduced to a new concept. Maybe they found a new talent or practiced a new skill. Perhaps during our lessons, they grew appreciative of other’s creative efforts or served as inspiration to another as they expressed their own creative thoughts.  Taking extra steps to recognize where creativity is affords us the opportunity to search it out when we need it.

Where will creativity take you? The creative journey can be as long and as exciting as you make it out to be. It can be shared and appreciated.  A creative journey does in fact allow you to find yourself, express yourself and understand yourself. Creativity also lends the opportunity to get lost in the process, lose track of time and lose our inhibitions and fears about art or any other creative thought process or expression. Dance, prose, visual arts, theatrical arts etc., they all are expressions of creativity that take us to places we have never seen before. Relish in the creative process. Look around to gain it and foster it to grow it.

The aspect I love the most about being an artist is the fact that what I create can be shared and appreciated. While creating, as I continuously find myself and lose myself in art, I also get the thrill of giving and sharing art.  To view results of  my creativity, please take time to view creations on the website. The inventory is updated and evolving often.  The creative spirit is there to inspire, appreciate and best of all, purchase! Enjoy! http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

 

Creativity As Stress Buster

18 Jan

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Believe it or not, being more creative can allow you to also be less stressed.

Having a creative outlet opens your mind and eyes to new and exciting ways to distress.

What’s your creative stress buster?

I use the opportunity to be creative with art on a daily basis. In this TNT (This-N-That) Club Creative Studio post I’d like share ideas why creativity can come to the rescue in times of stress. My personal and business mantra is Be Creative Everyday!  Having this frame of mind has allowed me to use the arts as a means to be expressive and less stressed in my day.

Focus your mind and hands creatively and you are in for an escape (of sorts) of reality. Being creative takes my thought process to a different out-of-the-box, critical thinking stage.   It helps me forget about the other things that are stressors in my life.  When I am creative, my focus changes to thinking in nonconventional means and I allow myself to grant freedoms of imagination and growth from routine.

Being creative sets my mind free from rules and places me in a state of experimentation.  Gifting the opportunity to ask and act upon questions like “what if”. Recently, I had the misfortune of having technical difficulties.  Within two days of each other , I discovered that I laundered my cell phone and the motherboard of my computer was fried. Talk about some bad luck. My technical difficulties were woes that I had to solved quickly so I could get back on track to where I needed to be personally and in my business. Those are stressful times, when you have to worry about a cost associated with a solution, as well as the time you are going to sacrifice to get back to your normal life when there is a challenge in your mist.

Creativity gave me comfort. Creativity was the sweet diversion from my problems.  Creativity gave me something else to concentrate on while I waited for the outsourced help. In this instance, I had gained time to be more creative because I was not directly involved with my main concerns. You can use creativity as a crutch to help you become stronger in critical thinking skills and thinking differently in general. I think that stress become less prominent if you inject some level of creativity into each situation. Creative thoughts sure take the routine out of the day,  allow your personality to shine, and gift others with alternative points of views. We were all meant to be indivuals and I can think of no better way to express uniqueness than to show your creative side. Give the gift of creativity to yourself or others today and find out if it will serve as a stress buster technique for you in the future.

What will you do to inc0rporate creativity into your life by thought and action? You may start by taking on a simple challenge as this: ask the question: “what if…”

P is for Ponder

22 Apr

Club Creative Studio’s blog has a focus on creativity. Today, let’s take a moment to focus on how we can take a break from the creative work in our day-to-day situations and experience creativity without really thinking about it.  The letter “P” is for ponder.  Ponder how you can be creative in different ways. How might one do this?  Try taking the suggestions below to heart.  How creative will you be in your expressions?  Have a creative day!

Ponder different ways to be creative.

Always know where to find your inner child.  What can you do today that may be considered “child-like”?

Change your mind every 3000 miles. Like the oil change in your car schedule your fresh start today.

Add sprinkles whenever possible… this just means to try to do something special to top off your day.

Follow your dreams where will they take you during your day or night?

Practice moderation.  maybe a slow-down is just what the doctor ordered.

Consider relaxing with yoga, meditation, prayer, message, hot shower or just a good book.

Walk like an Egyptian.  Do something goofy and out of the ordinary to prove you have a sense of humor.

Take a personal inventory and sell, donate or gift what you do not want or have use for any longer.

Close your eyes and make yourself invisible.  The world will still revolve around you but take more deep breaths.

Share your thoughts there’ll always be more!

Don’t let time tick you off.  Prioritize and remember that tomorrow is another opportunity to improve.

Rethink the job you have.  How can you change to bring back more passion to your work situation?

Entertain sad thoughts they’ll really appreciate it.  Look to the light for a brighter day.

Commit yourself to finding more humor in your life.

Look for different ways to be creative every day!

Feel free to add your own suggestions via a comment post as to how someone may simply be creative without thinking about it too hard. Have you been inspired by this list?

E is for Explore

5 Apr

I started out 2012 with a mantra and theme word for my new year business creations. The word I have a focus on is EXPLORE.

E is for Explore.  The letter topic for the A to Z blog challenge continues.  To help me maintain a visual focus on my mantra word explore, I created a vision board for my new year resolution for 2012. It is a small board but it’s packed with journal inspiration and visual prompts for me to stick to my goals and aspirations. So far, so good. Visual reminders can be valuable in helping one stick to set goals and daily tasks needed to reach those goals in the first place.  Here is a photo of my vision board 2012.

Place your vision board where you will see it often.

The word EXPLORE has particular meaning to me as an artist and personally as well.  It is a word that has reminded me to take the steps to stay out of “routine”, and try new techniques, methods, materials, and approaches. Exploring to me means to not be afraid and try what is not along the beaten path.  The idea of the word gives me permission to fail and not be too bummed about a flopped outcome.  Art gives me the freedom to make and accept mistakes on a daily basis. Exploring what is unknown also gives me the strength to push ahead and see what process, or outcome is yet to be.  Adding key “buzz” words to your board will help keep you focused at a quick glance. I have included phrases and words like: reasons to smile, momentum, oomph, drop your jaw, and oh, yes I can!

Many of the areas on my vision board this year have a space for adding written sections. Along with word prompts in decorative fonts cut from magazines collage-style, I have spaces by which I added my own hand-written words.  This gave me ownership of the words and re-visiting the poster daily gives me the visual reminders of what I want to be accomplishing.  Visualizing means making it happen in our minds first the rest is still up to us to act upon how to make it a reality in the real word scenario.

On the back of my poster, I did something different. I have used the blank back space as a running tab of added information. I have written really small, milestone accomplishments so that I can re-read them and attest to progress made throughout the year.  Documenting and measuring your growth by goals accomplished is very satisfying and make room for steps to remain productive. This is a method of “patting yourself on the back”, after all not everyone knows all of your intentions, dreams and goals. Explore your potential, explore the possibilities you have and explore your strengths and weakness so that you can grow to be the better YOU that you want and hope to be.  What will you do to explore your capabilities today?

Creativity- 6 Ways to Lean Forward

24 Sep

Learning how to confidently steer your creative energy into something that is productive is important.  This Club Creative Studio post  informs you of this “learned art” of sorts.  Sometimes we need to allow opportunities into our life that stem from our creative thoughts.  Doing this, can lead to a more satisfying creative life. There are ways that one can improve on or foster visual thinking skills. We need awareness and practice.

The key to reaching creative potential  lies in understanding how to be open to change.  Just as young children explore, communicate and share their ideas in affective and cognitive expressions.  We too, as adults need to recall how to function by feeling what we think and think of what we feel.  You may agree that to grow in creativity we need to include the acceptance of disorder,  attraction to mysteries, conflict or puzzles, courageous  risk-taking, embracing natural playfulness, and letting go of emotional sensitivity and perfectionism.  Are you ready to grow your creativity in the right direction?

Lean forward to become more curious, be flexible in your approach to reach a new level  or version of yourself.  Consider  my six suggestions for starters that can be viewed as building blocks to creativity.

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1. Understand Creativeness

Recognize that you are a creative being and are capable of being interesting in many different aspects in your life.  Appreciate that you have the means to be an individual and are called to express that in many different ways in your life.  You can be creative at work and at play.  Be accepting of your mistakes but quick to praise yourself at the same time.

2. Provide Environment

Provide an appropriate space to stretch intellectual muscles. This area should primarily focus on creative stimulation. Maybe it is as simple as an inspiring classroom, designated floor space or a small tabletop designated as your special workspace.   With quick access to art/office supplies, games, books, textures, colors and  interactive fixtures, your mind can have a jump-start area to expected creative thought.

Important aspects to the effective environment are space and climate. Do you have a personal work space where you might leave unfinished tasks for completion another day?  This can be crucial to your creative process and growth.  Adequate space and lighting is important.  It is helpful to move and actually see what we are doing.  Do you have comfortable seating?  Place an importance on your physical comfort to do your best for any length of time.

3. Emphasize  Art and  Spontaneity

Heightened creativity can be present whenever we experience something new in our environment.  Real life observations and hands-on activities often serve as springboards for creative expression.  We just have to use our senses, be willing to experiment.

Showcase accomplishments. Nothing sparks motivation more than seeing how your efforts or the work of others has evolved.

“Sharp (2001) found  that creative arts serve to enhance children’s listening, problem solving,  critical reading and writing skills. In addition, the arts engage children’s  kinesthetic and cognitive experiences, amplifying concrete as well as abstract  learning abilities. Tacker and Tracey (1998) report that music education is  therapeutic because it raises self-esteem while honing creativity, offering  children an avenue for expressing their emotions in nonverbal ways.”

Creativity cannot be rushed or forced into existence. Parents and educators must be patient. If a child  says “I can’t or I won’t,” the best response is “I’d like for you to try, see what you can do, experiment.” Leading by example can also help stimulate growth opportunities. When I was a classroom art teacher often times, when I actually drew for the students to illustrate a concept the students  removed their own barriers as well.  Creativity and confidence were allowed to flow more easily.  This is the reason, I feel for a “rough draft”.  It allows you to not be afraid to make adjustments.  You are free to experiment and learn to grow in creativity.

4. Opportunities for Growth

Educators  and staff members in the workplace alike can act as creative guides by listening carefully, observing any emotional cues of others, encouraging work and being cautious not to interfere.  Open-ended or brainstorming opportunities incorporate creative expressions and growth.  Creative solutions can also be born from large group settings.

Self help activities such as thought-provoking questions to yourself can help develop your own creative process. Asking the “What  would happen if…?”  question is a good start.  Another type of questioning is to ask is “how-many-different-ways can…”  You may be surprised to brainstorm with self or others.

In most  instances where a hesitation or doubt of being creative occurs, we can grow from this behavior.  Maybe the right balance of spark is not present yet.  Sometimes it takes being part of a group with enthused and strong creative ways to get the juices flowing.  Maybe it is the challenge of the task at hand, or maybe it is an attempt to be expressive for personal gains.

5. Seek Out Creativeness

Inspiration can come from many different places within others, watching t.v., reading books, movies, media. The use of our own intuition and thoughts can be turned into what we need to gain the spark to start, and eventually continue and finish the creative process.  This impulse can be planned or unplanned. Common activities that will lead to seeking out your creativity include construction, painting, music, dramatic  play, dance and telling imaginative stories, and  problem solving.  Look for those opportunities, seek out what will lead to creative growth.

6. Practice Confidence

Being able to be expressive in some form daily is important for future growth.  Like any skill that you wish to develop, you need to practice it often.  My business mantra is: BE CREATIVE EVERYDAY at my work space called: Club Creative Studio (http://www.clubcreativestudio.com).  I belive with this daily practice creativity comes to fruition very easily, willingly and strongly. You can become more confident in your creative adventures if you continue to foster creativity in yourself and in others.  Good luck in your continued will to add practice, confidence and skills to your creative growth.  Don’t lean backwards, giving up and saying that you are “not creative”.  Lean forward and embrace your creative potentials!

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