What do you do to open the door to your creativity?

What stimulates you to sit down and compose, write, paint, or stand up and sculpt, forge, build, weave or photograph?

On the flip side- what are the things that hinder you from creating?

What keeps or prevents you from sharing your gifts and abilities with the world?  

 

I want to share with you a bit of a journey, a process I am learning about and actually going through right now.  Hopefully it helps you to be able to express yourself in the way that you can, and to share with others what you are best at, gifted at.

I am part of a Creative Play Challenge group on Facebook led by Jennie Meredith Moraitis.  We started in October and each week we have a new creative prompt to carry out for the next 52 weeks.  There are women from all over the world with all different backgrounds, ages, abilities, talents and time issues joining in.  The prompts are suggestions to motivate creativity. People can share their work online, which is fun and great for encouragement and community building, or if it is a busy season then they can share when they are able.

 

Things I enjoy about this experience

Being in a group of like-minded people is enjoyable. You get to ‘meet’ or get to know different folks, learn about them, pray for them, and see what clever insights or ideas they come up with for the weekly prompts. It is a joy to spur one another on to be creative, to share the talent they’ve been given, to encourage and to build up one another.

It motivates me to create. Quite honestly, I wouldn’t take the time or make the effort to create something or make something, or paint something on and of my own volition. Sure I do create things but usually around the holidays when I’m in the mood, or when I want to give something to a friend.  Otherwise I usually feel guilty about ‘using’ my time… for creativity!  Why is that I wonder? And if this is true for me, is it true for you as well?

 

It is important if you look at what it does.

For me, making something, writing something, taking photographs brings joy.  It gives me lots of ideas. It gets me in a place to beautify things, energizes me, and helps me to focus on the positive not the negative. Plus, I have something out of it in the end, not just in my head, not just a wish or a desire, but an actual work of art.

 

Week 3 prompt: Take a walk.

Let me tell you, I think this prompt proved to be one of the more challenging (but again, very fulfilling)  for many.  Why? Because of time constraints.  It is far more difficult to plan something like this for ourselves than to sit down with a paintbrush or pen and paper and sketch pad. And the creative outcome is an unknown.

But it is also so invigorating and uplifting.  To spend time surrounded by God’s creation (or even a city-scape) can be quite awe-inspiring. It can also give you the impetus needed to make something. Even writing down the experience in a journal is a creative art.  I was in my element and needed very little excuse to take a walk with the camera.  In all honesty it ‘almost’ didn’t happen.

 

The proof is in the pudding.

This was the outcome of my photographic expedition.

A walk in the woods 1: creativity

walk in the woods 2- creativity

walk in the woods 3- creativity

walk in the woods 4- creativity

Part Two of Taking a walk

This isn’t the end of it. In the next post ( Creativity:awakening the art Part 2 ) I share with you the second half of what I created from the treasures I found in the woods.

In the meantime, I’d like to encourage you to take the time to be creative, even if it is only 15 or 20 minutes at a time.  Jennie is excellent at sharing creative tips and she has lots of great resources on her website.  It was through following a shorter, 15 minute creative challenge that I found my way to the current group.

You can check out and sign up for the Facebook group under Jennie here at  Creative Play Challenge

 

Would you do me a favor? Would you consider answering the questions I asked above in the comments.  Here they are again:

 

What do you do to open the door to your creativity?

What stimulates you to sit down and compose, write, paint, or stand up and sculpt, forge, build, weave or photograph?

On the flip side- what are the things that hinder you from creating?

What keeps or prevents you from sharing your gifts and abilities with the world?