Are you creative?Do you think that creativity is something some people are born with, like mad guitar skills or the ability to throw a ball?I think we all have a creative flame within us… sometimes we just need something to spark it into a real fire.
For the record, I probably didn’t always think that. I am sure there have been times in my life that I have said, “I’m not creative” (or at the very least thought it). Part of developing your creativity is knowing what areas you have a feel for and enjoy. I think I am creative but I don’t think I am creative in every category of life. (And yet another reason to surround yourself with good friends.)
The ladies at LoveFeast Table asked, “Where do you get your inspiration for creativity”. I talked about inspiration recently in this post and said that my inspirations were God, my family, nature, art and music. These are the things that inspire my life. They are also the things that inspire me to be creative. They are the things that I get excited about… I don’t know about you, but when I get excited about something, I’ve gotta release it! Doing something with that enthusiasm is the next logical step.
While I don't always talk a lot about it here, I have a deep love for God. My life is blessed because of God's grace and His Word provides me with great freedom and liberty. I think thatcreativity is one of the greatest expressions of liberty.
My family defines me. I love them more than anything. My heart overflows because of them and all of that emotion manifests itself in my creativity. I create because I love them. Whether it is something to make them happy or to enhance our times together, they are the foundation of everything I do. Having that sense of purpose and security gives me boldness.
How can you not be inspired by nature? Nature provides us with beauty, peacefulness, detail, color, wonder, life. I took all of these pictures in my yard this summer. I am still amazed at the extraordinary artistry that is available right under my nose. The secret to being inspired by nature is taking the time to allow yourself to be inspired by nature.
(Louis Comfort Tiffany)
Creating is art. It doesn't matter if it's in the kitchen, the studio, the craft room or your backyard. Art fuels art. The more art you surround yourself with the more artistic you become. I have a real appreciation for anyone who can imagine something and then reproduce that thought in concretion. I think our own fears of failing keep our ideas inside way too often.
If you follow this blog at all, you know that music is my soul. It is interwoven in everything I do and every aspect of my life. Music represents all the sweetness and goodness in life, while at the same time reflects life's sadness and anger. It is all encompassing. Music motivates me and lifts me. It drives me to want to produce something good.
It's hard to pick just one song to share...there are so many I could chose, depending on my mindset. Have a listen to this one and come back and hear more.
These are my inspirations. All rolled together, they make me who I am and inspire me to give. What makes you feel creative? What inspires you to want to create, to share the fire within you?