Acknowledge Your Creative Impulses

Posted by jmh on December 20, 2010 in Uncategorized |

“Creative work is play. It is free speculation using the materials of one’s chosen form.” Stephen Nachmanovitch

Living life with a creative twist can be so much fun! It can make your life more enjoyable, less stressful and just plain fun. What creative impulse have you recently had? Most all of us have in some way been creative. This time of the year, we are decorating our homes both inside and out for the Christmas season. We are wrapping gifts for those special in our life in just the right paper with complimentary ribbons and tags. We may be creating edible gifts from the kitchen to brighten someone’s day. Too often I think we sometimes ignore the urge to be creative and instead numb the sensations for something less creative. The television can rob us of time that could be spent doing something much more productive. On the other hand, it can also offer us inspiration during a break in our day with a cooking,decorating or crafting channel .

Sketching & camping is a favorite activity!

Austin,Tx another place to retreat to Nature!

Sketching places visited document the moments!

My suggestion is that you allow the impulse to drive you in the direction of more creative projects.

What are your  Interests?

There are too many things that I have allowed to be a thing of the past in my life that I intend to stir back up in order to allow the creative muse to nudge me in the direction of making and creating new things.

Some examples of how any of us could be more creative includes the following list.

Take up an interest that you have previously had and then ceased to continue.Whether your interest is in cooking, decorating, writing, photography, sewing, music or something else, classes are offered in a wide variety of topics that one will surely strike your fancy.In addition, you may make friends that also enjoy the same interests.Here we have leisure learning classes offered all over the greater Houston area. For more information, contact Leisure Learning.

Look around your house, any unfinished projects or intentions? Last year I was inspired after watching a girlfriend Cindi Lou making scarves for gifts, she taught me to knit. I have gathered together my knitting books, yarns, needles and now even unfinished projects so that with a little initiative, I can easily begin to knit again. It is a very calming practice and easy to do once you get the hang of it. Start like I did  by knitting a simple scarf. It is that time of the year that you can either enjoy the warmth yourself or wrap it up and give the gift of a homemade scarf to someone special on your Christmas list.

Drawing is an easy and  inexpensive and relaxing hobby requiring only a pencil and paper.  Above are some of my past sketchbook entries. Put drawing supplies ( sketchbooks,pencils, erasers) all organized in one place. My pencils are sharpened so that I can  simply sit down and enjoy the pleasure of making marks on paper to interpret the world around me.

“Creativity is seeing something that doesn’t already exist. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.” Michele Shea

Do you enjoy writing? Maybe you want to simply capture some thoughts or clarify some ideas that keep flashing through your mind. Blank journals are everywhere in my house. By putting them in a  comfortable setting along with some pens and pencils it is likely that it will be more probable that one would be comfortable to write.

Do you enjoy sewing? Set up your sewing machine to mend or  make something.

Have old books that you want to give a second life. Learn the art of altered or deconstructed books.Below are  two pages from my altered book where plants in my greenhouse became a subject to paint.

Here an old book is a place to paint plants.

Want to change the feel and  look of your rooms in your home, paint rooms a different color,  try one of the many creative paint treatments available today. Smoozing is one of my favorite techniques as are both staining and using washes on walls.I have yet to add words onto the walls of my home and am fascinated with that possibility since the walls can’t talk, they could be read by visitors who enter the rooms. “Home and happy to be,” is the statement said by Truman Capote that I would like to add to a wall in my home. Yes, I  confess that I am a very content person who enjoys being at home.

Try your hand at gardening both inside or out. Grow lights can be added to an existing lamp and a new table scape can be created with your little green friends that can grow inside during the winter season. Follow a tradition from the Victorian era and create a paper garden during the cold winter months. In  a blank book you can do your planning and add notes from your reading about plants that you plan to add into your garden spaces in the spring. You can also add photographs of the plants that interest you. Investigate and learn to grow  different houseplants to brighten up the rooms in your home.

Learn more about the technologies and softwares that you already own. Most of us have smart phones or computers that we could learn to use for efficiently. This year with numerous sites up and the membership site in place, my plans are  to create more products to connect to other like-minded art enthusiasts on this and my other sites. I am also seeking that programmer for that IPAD app. I too will continue to investigate the software and the technologies that  I possess so that my comfort zone is enlarged and more ways to communicate are understood so that I may be of service to more people out in the world.

It costs nothing to take some time to purge your home of unwanted or unnecessary belongings. Many people are less fortunate and would be delighted to acquire slightly used clothing and household items. You can contact your local charities which do regular pick-ups in neighborhoods and can take your unwanted things with little effort on your part except placing the boxed items on the front steps and contact the charity to let them know you have things to give them. Then with more space and less clutter, you can rearrange your beautiful home and garden rooms to live more comfortably.

If you are worried that a new hobby may be expensive. A hobby does not have to be costly. Organize things you already have in order not to incur any additional expenses. For example, my painting easel came apart and is now pulled out in my studio upstairs to be glued together in order  to be functional again. The cost is that of some wood glue to secure the parts. My paints have been placed upstairs beside the easel so that painting can be easy as a  dip of my brush.

There are so many other things that you may be inspired to do. Travel the world, read and study books on a particular subject, go back to school, speak to groups, volunteer, and many other ideas.

Following and acknowledging your creative impulses may lead  you to any number  of original ideas.  It has been my experience that when I am at rest and at play, ideas seem to flow and even solutions to challenges in my life seem to present themselves. There are many recorded stories of the great minds of our time who while at leisure had brilliant ideas. Einstein while biting into an apple or was it while he was shaving— clairfied the theory of relativity. Edison was known for his planned naps where he would intentionally incubate ideas to inventions that he was presently working on. Take time to enjoy those activities that you love and at the very least, you will be a more satisfied individual for having given yourself the gift of leisure in doing that which you love.

“Regardless of how absurd your inner callings might seem, they are authentically yours. They don’t have to make sense to anyone else. The willingness to listen and act on your inspiration, independent of the opinions of others is imperative.” Wayne Dyer  on Inspiration

Julia Cameron, in The Artist’s Way says,” As recovering creatives we often have to excavate our own past shards of buried dreams and delights. Do a little digging now please. List very quickly without doing a lot of thinking the answers to the following questions.

1. List five hobbies that sound like fun.

2. List five classes that sound fun.

3. List five skills that would be fun to have.

4. List five things that you used to enjoy doing.

5. List five silly things you would like to try once.

Now pick one or two things in the next couple of weeks and  as the Nike commercial says, ” Just do it!” Let me hear some of the results of such inspired action on your part.

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