December 27, 2016

Painting With The Girls 362

December 27, 2016

Day 362 (4 days to go)

Fall

Manipulated photo, 5X7, matted.

 What is Creativity?

Unlike the myth about being some art genius with talent and artistic skill, the act of creating art is mainly possible because of the history of our brains.

Our brains are naturally built to solve problems. Evolution of countless generations leading to human kind has trained our brains to survive danger and become familiar at addressing life’s difficulties.

Now our human brain has become even more complex and further able to solve extraordinary problems. It can be innovative or original whenever it is required.

We call that being artistic or creative. We perform art to perpetuate the state of wonder our brain naturally seeks and delights in. We write poems and music. We scribble and paint. We do this all so that our brain can express that individual curiosity. When we extract that new idea and give it a new form, we are sharing our precise state of creativity with others.

Why do we do it? Why do we feel like we have to always be innovators? We do it because we are saying, “Here I am, or I can make this better!”

We do it because we are free to find purpose and meaning in our lives and prolong that state of wonder that our brain keeps seeking. 

Beatrix Potter wrote the series of Peter Rabbit books. They are all based on the pets she had in her bedroom from a very young age. She held onto that state of joy and wonder as she created the picture books much later in life. She wanted to share that feeling of childhood joy with children who, like her, enjoyed creating their own imaginative world.