Join me for a 'Walk and Talk' at the Coral Springs Museum of Art on July 7 at 3pm. As we move through the gallery space among my art, I will be answering any questions and explaining techniques and the inspiration and motivation behind my work.
Drawing on lunchbags just one way I inspire my children with art everyday. We play with our food, draw on napkins and paper tablecloths at restaurants, draw in sand, even in the kind of conversations we have at dinner, anything that shakes up their thinking and opens their minds. Creative problem solving is ingrained into their thinking since they were very young and they bring it with them into all facets of their lives. Like a secret little weapon they fire off when needed and surprise attack their teachers and friends. (The only weapon allowed in schools, by the way.) Now you're thinking: so, nice, why do I care? Read on...
DID YOU KNOW... the largest companies have been hiring top level executives for their creative thinking abilities in hopes of turning their companies upside down?
Check out number 6 in this article from CNN:
Or, see how Google interviews: http://www.hrworld.com/features/nab-most-creative-thinkers/
So, now you're thinkin'... "hmm, lunchbags. Not so silly after all." Yeah, that's what I thought.
I know. That "box" term is so overused. But it still is something that mystifies most people. How do you actually start? Well, my answer to that is by asking you the question "How do you see the world?" Do you question the already answered questions?
My kids had it right at about 2 years old when every other word was
Drove me insane, but I actually started answering them and realized I didn't know "why" to a lot of things i'd just accepted. (ok, so sometimes I resorted to the old "because I said so!"). I'm only human. But kids see the world as new and fresh and curious. They are not afraid to ask why, as they have no FEAR of looking stupid. Now, as we grow older, we aquire that fear, so we stop asking really important questions.
In your job, do you question and challenge the status quo? Do you look at the sunset and see a new color that you hadn't noticed before? Did you have a really great idea, invention, inspiration, but just filed it in the 'stupid ideas that I'll never get to anyways' mental file folder?
I have developed techniques over the years to bring creative ideas to the forefront, but it always begins with asking that annoying question: WHY?
And then, the ideas start flowing and my question then becomes "WHY NOT?". It puts you on the other side of the fence (or the box, just to be consistent) and then Whammo!, you just became a creative thinker!
Now go file that in your "awesome ideas that i'm gonna make happen for real" folder.
To truly embody your dreams and desires
requires an act of courage.
What will it take for you to
summon up the necessary bravery?
Thinking is really serious business. Every thought that comes through your mind is not necessarily the truth. Sometimes thoughts trick you into believing they are real, when in fact, they are absolute forgeries. How to tell the genuine article from a fake? Good question. I approached good friend and Master Life Coach Linda Bucher (www.lindabucher.com) to see what her take on it was. Here is what she says:
"The best way to tell when a thought is lying to you is to put it under close scrutinization. Can you absolutely know for certain that it's true? How do you react when you think that thought? What emotions do you experience? What physical sensations do you experience? If these are negative, the thought is probably a big fat liar. Notice what actions you take based on this thought and outcomes that come from those actions. The outcomes arising out of the thought always prove the original thought, and the vicious cycle perpetuates, leading you to other stressful thoughts.This cycle is why many thoughts attach so tightly. While it's near impossible to let go of these stress causing thoughts, you can learn how to help them to let go of you.When you come to the realization that your thoughts are creating your reality, you'll be on your way."
I just tell my brain to shut up. :)
Mixed-media making, junk collecting, hands-have-to-be-making-things-at-all-times kind of girl. I inscribe into my art with writings that have been described as a combination of diary-like entries and poetry. I love to share my enthusiasm for using reclaimed materials to create art with my students as well.
Photo: Jeff Kolodny