- Wild Flowers in ink by Limited LeadCreation is an intensely spiritual thing. We are all blessed with a type of creativity and our spirits will drive us to produce what we are itching to create. No matter how cutesy, absurd, mellow, bizarre or out- of -the- norm, just DO it!! Don’t worry if anyone else will like it, someone, somewhere – will! Think of Picasso! Can you image the public’s first reactions to his work?? In that day and age?? Today most people are more broad minded as we have been exposed to so many different styles and interpretations now, than ever before. Picasso was considered very bizarre, but he grew on us! My Mother is a wonderful Artist, painting is her medium. Yet she never shared this with me, never tried to teach me to draw or paint, so I never thought I could. I never tried really, until I was in college and took a freehand drawing course, where I discovered I could and had a great talent for putting colors together. I was never encouraged to be creative, but I tried it anyway and through out the years have found many mediums I love and am very good at.Walt Disney’s father was NOT impressed when his youngest son announced he wanted to be an Artist. Walt tried anyway, and through many failures and his bother Roy’s life -time of encouragement, just look at what he created!! There is a wondrous and joyous feeling the minute you step foot into one of Walt’s worlds, absorbing his creative spirit. What an incredible imagination and vision he had! As you can see he is my biggest inspiration. Another person who inspires me is Tim Burton, who would have thought that his bizarre and sometimes creepy characters would become so endearing and appealing? They are love through-out the world.Jack & Sally by Limited Lead
If your imagination does not run to the unusual, that’s alright too. Take Lily Pulitzer for example, she made her name re-creating a basic shaped sleeveless dress and just made them in bright floral prints she designed herself, because she liked bright vibrant colors, in a time where the fashion was for muted colors. She just redesigned a basic, and it took off!
Several years ago my son announced that HE wanted to become an animation Artist. My Husband and I shared a doubtful glance, as he had never shown a particular talent for drawing or painting, but he was creative. We just encouraged him to start practicing as he would need these skills in animation. Not to be negative, and we would have NEVER told him so, but we just didn’t believe his talents lay in that direction, he was already 14. We went to the library and local book stores to purchase books on drawing at his request. With-in the next year we became amazed and impressed as we watched our son develop an ability thus far hidden away. He had a passion deep inside and was determined to develop his talent. Today, three years later, he is a self-taught Artist, and I do not use that term loosely. He has never had an art, drawing or painting class, he has taught himself by practicing daily as his father told him he would have to do.
The three illustrations on this post are all his, and he is just beginning!
Next is my daughter, 8 years old and very precocious, and yes, talented. She has watched her older brother and he has inspired her, she will sit for hours watching her shows and filling up sketch pads faster that I can purchase them. She MUST have the largest box of crayons, as she will not be limited by color choice! Yes she can draw and has impressed her older bother with her developing skill, yet she wants to be like Mom and create fashion, costumes, dog clothes, just to name a few. Yes, we have purchased tons of design and fashion books, and programs for her. This year she even has her own sewing machine, and we are developing her creations as we speak!!
She is not afraid to try different things and explore her creativity. Even when she dresses, and we don’t always agree on her choices of what ‘goes’ together, she tells me: “Mommy, your a ‘matcher’- I am an ‘un-matcher’!” which is what she prefers to be right now, and that’s fine by me.
So don’t be afraid to try something that your spirit is driving you to do. JUST DO IT! Put it out there and play, make something – anything, and then do it again with something different and new.
I still have yet to try painting on canvas, as my Mother has done so beautifully, but I am not afraid to try and feel confident I will develop some skill at this as well. It is just a longer process than I can entertain right now, but the day is coming, and I am preparing for it as my spirit is nagging me to get to it!!
What is your spirit urging you to do??