Can creativity really be removed from creation?

The title of my post today may be a little intriguing. Some of you may be asking yourself whether or not it is possible to remove your creativity from the process of creating a drawing or painting? The simple answer is yes. A more complicated response would be that it depends.

What is creativity?

In my opinion, creativity is the relaying something intangible in nature into any given work of art. Today, the uses of the words, God, Universe, Goddess and Higher Power have a lot of people heading for the hills. Consequently, it is no longer politically correct to talk about these things anymore publicly; therefore, so many of us no longer do. Perhaps this would partially explain the rise of photograph-copying and the nineteen century-ish-styled academic art trend. Many artists are only interested in copying and have very little or no interest in connecting to their subject matter. Of course, it takes skill to copy well, but it takes an ability to move beyond the surface and into something else.

What is creation?

Creation, therefore, doesn’t need to contain creativity. Additionally, creation can be formulaic and process-oriented. In this case, the artist becomes a living and breathing copying machine. A Creation and Creativity combination is something entirely different. The artist is allowed total freedom in both the development and, in addition, full control over the implementation of their work. The artist need not abandon “realism” either. You can be creative with realism as much as you can be with abstraction. The results lie in your approach.

Where does creativity come from?

If we remove spirituality and the God factor from the equation and only focus on science, then creativity comes from the mind, therefore from our brain. It is something special we all carry within us. Creativity, therefore, is all about exploration, developing our own ideas and thoughts about our chosen subjects, colour, materials, light and the various other components of the principles and elements of design.

How do we start to think creatively?

We need to start thinking about what the viewer will think and feel when viewing a work of art that we create, moving beyond just us getting applause for a great copy of a photograph. As adults, we have forgotten how to play, explore and discover as we once did as children.  We need to worry less about the process, the good and bad, the right and wrong, and allow ourselves to play.

Change our views on what art is or isn’t

Art should never be viewed as a task but instead, be viewed as a journey. To connect to whatever we want to call this “energy” or have a deeper connection with ourselves, we need to let our guard down, stop theorizing and debating about what art is, roll up our sleeves, and start “making” it again. Let accidents happen! Learn to enjoy your materials again, enjoy your subject and fall in love all over again with your art. All of these things will help put some creativity back into your creations!

Please stop talking about doing something creative or thinking about doing something creative, and DO IT!

Today’s inspirational quote

“We are ourselves creations. We are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves. This is the God-force extending itself through us. Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using creativity is our gift back to God.”

~ Julia Cameron ~

About the drawing above:

Title: At Rest
Size: 11.69 x 16.53 inches
Medium: Ink and watercolour on paper
© Stewart Fletcher

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