In my classes, we’ve been experimenting with watercolor textures. We just allow the images to evolve as we go. Do you see an image emerging in this one? Just focus on the shapes and colors. Allow your thoughts to simmer.
Today is the unofficial national holiday: National Freethought Day. No offense to the scientifically minded Freethinkers out there, but I just had a thought that came to me freely through my intuition. I’m going to give you a Creating Exercise today.
“What makes a freethinker is not his beliefs but the way in which he holds them. If he holds them because his elders told him they were true when he was young, or if he holds them because if he did not he would be unhappy, his thought is not free; but if he holds them because, after careful thought he finds a balance of evidence in their favor, then his thought is free, however odd his conclusions may seem.”
– Bertrand Russell, Philosopher
For your Creating Exercise I would like for you to consider a belief. Choose one that you had when you were very young. Pick a good one. The more unbelievable it is, the better. It may even border on the magical… for example:
When I was eight years old, I believed that I could hold my breath underwater for as long as I wanted to without struggle. I would lie in bed at night in my room and practice this talent. I would sometimes count when I did it, then eventually just get bored and stop counting because I could hold my breath forever. I would pretend my room was sealed like a fish tank and full of water. I would imagine myself swimming through my room. Continue reading →
Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine.
This quote is taken from the movie “The Imitation Game“about Alan Turing, who invented a machine that deciphered the Enigma-coded messages exchanged amongst Hitler’s army during WWII. There’s a whole lot more to the story and it is an excellent movie I would highly recommend to anyone… But what strikes me the most is this underlying current in the film presented through this simple sentence.
I hope you will watch the film and be inspired as I was to appreciate your own creative genius. How many times have you listened to others tell you that you’re not good enough, that you’ll never be something special, that you can’t make a difference in the world? I remember hearing as an art student over and over that everything in the art world had already been done. I heard it so much that I believed it. I believed that I wouldn’t be able to make a difference. I thought to myself, what is the point, really?
The truth is, art is a product of our imaginations. Creative expression is the process of decoding the unseen world around us. Each and every one of us holds the key to unlocking this power. Sometimes we might come to common conclusions, and other times we will Continue reading →