Before I talk to you about colouring your creativity, perhaps we should discuss what creativity means to you? Is it only one colour, or perhaps all of the colours of the rainbow? Only you can answer that question!
Let’s start by defining creativity! I know that I’ve probably talked about this before, but just for fun, let’s discuss it again!
According to Wikipedia: “Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible (such as an idea, a scientific theory, a musical composition or a joke, or a physical object (such as an invention, a literary work, or a painting).”
Then in the words of the MHA Institute: “Creativity is the ability to think and act in ways that are new and novel. In our minds, there are two kinds of creativity, innovation and invention. Innovation is thinking creatively about something that already exists (e.g., the tape recorder, Walkman, and CD player are all innovations on the phonograph). Invention is creating something that did not exist before (e.g. the phonograph)…Experimentation is the process by which people become creative. When you experiment, you don’t know the outcome. You can only guess. Often, experimentation leads to a surprise — something you didn’t expect. This is the power of creativity.”
The willingness to experiment, is the true backbone of creativity! Technical skills are one thing, but when colouring your creativity, you need to give up more than a little control!
My muse, is just a representation of my creative self! I’m aware that my muse is not a real person, but rather an inner part of me, the one that allows me to play and experiment. I haven’t named my muse, but if I did, it would probably be the colour that I felt the most that day. Today is grey, but tomorrow might be shades of blue, green and teal. Red is vibrant, and the colour most likely to generate an avalanche of ideas (not to mention a certain amount of frustration and anger, at not being able to force them into play). I’m most productive in a blue/green/teal phase, but then that’s where I’m most content. I guess that means that you don’t always need to suffer for your art!
Reach down inside yourself, and think about colouring your creativity! What colour is your creativity today, and where would you like it to be in a week, a month, or a year? Give yourself permission to experiment and play, and I promise that you will get there eventually! In my mind, that will always be the true secret to creativity!!!