Saturday, January 15, 2011

Creativity, I need to find you...

I'm looking to find my creativity. I have spent many years feeling like I am not a creative person. I no longer want to accept that, for a couple of reasons.

First, I have the need to make things, I feel it deep inside and become unhappy when I ignore it. I enjoy seeing new things come from my mind and become real in the world.

Second, I don't want my son to grow up thinking that creativity has to be perfect, that if it isn't exactly what you wanted you can't do it.

So with that in mind and the serendipity of Craft Magazine posting on their blog about the Thing-a-Day I'm going to do this both for myself and with my son.

On Thursday this last week we went to the Zoo and he took pictures of things that he found interesting, cute, or fun. The only direction I gave him was to frame his pictures, make sure what he sees in the viewfinder screen is what he wants to see in the final picture, to look for the others things that will show up, the trashcans, the people tying their shoes with their butts towards you, you know that kind of thing. I also wanted to let him know that some pictures don't come out the way you wanted and they can be deleted easy peasy. He did really well and he deleted many that didn't come out the way he wanted.

So I'm thinking his will likely take the shape of photos and mine will be knitting/sewing/cooking. His might be drawing, or lego building. The thing it it doesn't matter, it will just matter that each day we devote some time to making new creative things.

Wish us luck and let me know if you are going to join in. I'd love to see what others make in the month of February to push away the darkness and call to the light of spring sooner.


Angie said...

I am all about this! Mine will most likely come as drawing of some sort, but lets see what happens :)

Principally Speaking said...

i'm in... starting January 18th since I missed today

Arlene said...

Augie gets sooo irritated when a drawing doesn't come out the way he'd like. I try really hard to get him to lighten up about it, but he still grumbles.

Congrats for trying to keep creativity in each day. I've not been successful with it as of recent, but will try again!