Vitality, Process, Design

I have found engaging in creativity so transformative – a metamorphosis from someone with barriers and issues to being full of energy and a zest for life.

I think creativity is also about making mistakes – and I’ve made many along the way but am happy that I have developed the courage to try so many new things, even if the results haven’t always been what I had hoped.  That said, I’ve also had some pleasant surprises when something has turned out to be far better than I imagined.

I’ve made my creativity complicated at times but is has now evolved into an enterprise that brings me immense joy in which simplicity is key and where I focus on three areas – Vitality, Process and Design:

Vitality

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.

Martha Graham

I always believed that if I wanted vitality then I would need to spend hours exercising to the nth degree but that’s not so as vitality means so much more.  It is about energy, where the mental component is just as important as the physical – having as much as I can to navigate the immense transition that a creative life brings.

So I try to explore those elements that mean I eat a little better when I need to, shift the odd pound or two, waylay the bad habits when they start to encroach, declutter my oft overloaded mind or just indulge in an activity that will bring me calm and, most importantly, make me whole again.

Process

I begin with an idea, and then it becomes something else.

Pablo Picasso

This is what I think of the science part of creativity and spend hours wandering among and pondering the myriad information to find something to run with – it’s where I get my motivational spark and ask lots of questions – How did they …?  Can I …?  What if …? Why not …!?

Design

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire.  You will what you imagine.  And at last you create what you will.

George Bernard Shaw

Where art comes into the equation – visualising and imagining and then writing, drawing, designing and making – ripping up the box and stepping as far beyond my comfort zone as I can to add colour and uniqueness.