Art for Fun & Self-Discovery
We all have a creative spirit within us. We're born with that spirit and the urge to
create. Yet we are easily disconnected from that spirit through social
conditioning, low self-esteem and fears of failure. Reconnecting to that spirit can
return us to the days of childhood when we felt free to express ourselves in
whatever ways we wanted. There are numerous ways to be creative - acting,
writing, music, and crafts, to name a few. The process of creating teaches us
about ourselves, particularly when it's not focused on outcome/results, but on
MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL BLOCKS TO CREATIVITY
Negative self-talk is one of the biggest problems. The inner voice that tells you
that you aren't good enough, that your work isn't good enough will inevitably
inhibit you from trying new things.
Worrying about what others think is another block. The fear of being judged
keeps many people away from the drawing board. We're afraid our creative
endeavor will be rejected, and that feels like a personal rejection.
We are also afraid of making "mistakes." We like to do things "the right way."
Young children, who aren't yet socialized with these internal voices, express their
individuality without hemming themselves in with rules and judgments. They play
while they create and enjoy every minute of it.
Another deterrent to creativity is waiting for the right time. Letting go of chores
and other obligations to give time to yourself can be a major hurdle in itself.
CHOOSING A MEDIUM
For the sake of this article we are going to focus on drawing and painting and the
use of color. Playing with color can be a joyful experience. The colors we choose,
and how we use them can teach us a lot.
There are numerous mediums to choose from, and each has its unique
properties. For instance, watercolors are very conducive to spontaneity. They are
easy to use and don't require a lot of expensive materials. A few colors, brushes,
water and any paper appropriate for watercolor and you're