Posts Tagged ‘recovering creativity’

It seems like our journey at Breaking Into The Arts has been about connecting (or reconnecting) with art and about connecting artists with non-artists. The logical progression to explore is all of us reconnecting to the artist within, to acknowledging our individual and collective creativity: in short, re-affirming the infinite realm of possibility.

The notion of becoming an artist can seem daunting for most of us non-artists. It brings up all the doubts we have about our inherent talent and the fear of being judged based on what we create: the end product. None of us want to hear that the piece of art we spent so much time working on is ordinary. Somehow the object we create gets confused with our sense of self, our understanding of our own value and wisdom.

The truth is that art is often more about the journey than the destination. Its about other things like just letting go of what the outcome is and simply enjoying being lost in the moment, in the unimaginable expanse of colour, time and possibility.  How often do we take time out of our impossibly busy lives to just sit and doodle (or whatever your favourite equivalent may be)…draw without aim….let our minds wander.  It exercises a completely different set of brain “muscles” and lets us experiment – do things that are irresponsible, illogical and even absurd. How good is that?   I can’t tell you how many days I had at my corporate job wishing I could do something outrageous!

So I’ve been doing an experiment lately….trying to interpret something in my life through a different lens: see something differently, even the most obvious things I already “know”.   Last week I took my non-artist self on my regular walk to see if I would notice anything that I hadn’t seen on the same walk I’ve been on hundreds of times before. Here’s a sample of what I found:

Baywalk Hidden Treasures

The truth is that it was about being present – not absent-minded and not distracted by something else that I allowed to enter my brain space that clouded my lens – and it was about not judging what kind of photo I ended up with….I took this photo with my phone – no fancy camera, no thinking about composition, I just did it.   And I was amazed at how many things I saw that I had never seen before.

Whether its photography or some other medium, there is a different way to explore the world through an artistic lens and in the process, we are actually enhancing our brains to do other things as a side benefit.

We’re learning more everyday about how things like music build new and different neuro-pathways.  In example, Melody Gardot , the 24 year old platinum selling jazz musician, taught herself how to speak after a horrific car accident using music.  I was so inspired by this story that I’ve decided to try to take up some kind of music even though it’s somewhat daunting for me.

I ran across this one week study program in Cuba: yes, you’re reading this right…. if you’re going to dream, dream big, right?? Kosa Music is a sensational educational opportunity to combine culture, rhythm, music and celebration into your new artistic practice in 2011. Ok, ok……so maybe traveling to Cuba in March isn’t realistic, but it is good to start dreaming and using all the creativity we were born with to reclaim that space within and be in our fullest expression as human beings, fully integrated.

So what about you? Are you using an art practice to explore some aspect of your life or are you thinking about trying something new?