“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” ~Auguste Rodin
“The artist never entirely knows — We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark” ~Agnes de Mille
The photo today is one of my original works called “Unraveled.” It is available for purchase in the Espirational Gallery. Remember during June only there is a 20% discount on all purchases.
Please join me for a little chat about my art. I forgot to mention that my work including the pieces I show and talk about in the video are for sale in the gallery. https://espirational.net/shop/
Creativity is not just for artists. It’s for business people looking for a new way to close a sale; it’s for engineers trying to solve a problem; it’s for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way. Twyla Tharp
“Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. ” Victor Pinchuk
The photo for today is of an original artwork called Fire Walker which is available along with more of my art in the Espirational Gallery.
“The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.” — Arthur Koestler
Most of us believe some people are born with special “gifts” of creativity and some aren’t. Right? This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Created in the image and likeness of the Creator of the Universe we are all creative by nature. It is our birthright. We create with our words, our thoughts and our actions.
We create with our words and thoughts without even realizing it. This is why we must be careful with what we think and say. We may create something we really do not want.
Creating with our thoughts and words is very important, but the world also needs us to take creative action. Not all of us are going to be artists, writers or do other work considered creative but the creative spark and the potential for creating good in the world still exists in us all. Some are researchers using creative thinking to develop new ideas and ways of doing things. Some may even find cures for diseases. Some are teachers coming up with new ways to reach and teach their students. Some are parents, one of the most creatively demanding jobs out there. Some are people with food allergies and intolerance coming up with new ways of eating.
Creativity is our birthright, but living our creativity takes courage. In a world where conformity is often valued more highly, daring to live creatively can result in rejection, ridicule and sometime even punishment. Anyone who has ever been “written up” or fired from a job for thinking “outside the box” knows what I am talking about. Many artist’s whose work is considered of great financial and artistic value today did not achieve fame in their own lifetime, with some dying in poverty and obscurity.
Creativity is not something we save for “special occasions.” We can make our daily lives happier, more fulfilled and even more productive by living creatively. We can even create change and make life better for ourselves, our families and the world.
This month I am going to talk about my art and my creative process. But this is not where my creativity stops. It gets called on every single day in my life as a homemaker, caregiver and friend.
Creativity is our birthright. We create whether we realize it our not. The time has come to stop denying who we are and begin consciously using our creative “powers” for good. Together we can change the world.
The Espirational question for June is:
Do you consider yourself creative? Why or why not?
Please take a minute to think about this and leave you answer in the comments below.
Our word angel comes from the Greek ἄγγελος. It means messenger. I will always think of this with a smile remembering a fellow seminary student in Greek class who happened to be named Angel beaming and exchanging laughter with the professor about the appropriateness of his name.
I do believe in God’s holy angels who are sent to be messengers of God’s love, care and sometimes judgement. I have had personal encounters with angels.
But I do also believe that we are also called to be messengers of Gods light, love and care to each other. This is not reserved for pastors or those studying to become pastors. We all do this by the way we live and care for others.
Especially during this season be sure you reflect God’s love and light and spread it around. I love angel crafts and have included a few links below if you want to share God’s love and light by giving handmade angels. If you are interested in Greek I have a reference for that too.
All Free Christmas Crafts — Angels