PICASSO once said: “Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – which makes one sadly ponder when did we ditch the creative play?
This article is written by columnist Carole Ann Rice and first appeared in the Daily Express.
Was it when the harsh world of work suggested accountancy or a shop job was a more serious pursuit? When did being an artist go into the store cupboard of dreams alongside teddies, dollies and being an astronaut or princess?
Just as we have an individual DNA coursing through our veins so it is, I believe, that each of us is a creative human being. It may not be via a pencil or paint representation – but perspective, life choices or how we parent or party are all acts of creativity.
In recent times there has been a huge upswing in traditional crafts becoming fashionable again. Women find the comfort of their inner domestic goddess via decorating cupcakes or forging great works of ironmongery or blown glass via Kirstie Allsopp’s TV homage to hobbies.
- Channel your inner punk – rebellion is not just for musicians. Dare to go against the grain. Do things differently this year and find your inner Johnny Rotten, then throw a curve ball at it.
- Fall off the wagon. If you’re off booze for January, think again – a tipple can get the ideas flowing but only until your blood alcohol level gets to precisely 0.075 – the creative hot zone (a couple of beers).
- Make mine a macchiato – research shows that low-level background noise, like the hum of a café, can aid creative ideas.
- Persist. If there is one thing that all truly successful creative people have in spades, it’s grit. When as little as one in 3,000 ideas makes it to the “real world” you need to be able to deal with rejection, setbacks, difficulties and fatigue.
- Ideas do grow on trees. Take a “forest bath” – the Japanese practice of “Shinrin-yoku” – heading to a forest for its “medicine” and to walk slowly and breathe deeply there.Getting outside in Nature is proven to aid creative thought. These are all great ideas.
- Take a different path home, imagine being in someone else’s life (what would Madonna do?) or simply buy some modelling clay to aid relaxation or some felt tips for colouring. It is time to tempt back the artist who is always in residence.
Written by Carole Anne Rice this article first appeared in the Daily Express on 9th January 2016.