The Unhurried Imagination
Thomas and Anne Christian Buchanan Kinkade

   
What a joy it is to be able to create something.  Creativity is one of the great privileges of being human.

You apply hands and mind and spirit to fashion something that did not exist before in that precise form.  You touch the universe with your own unique personality and somehow at least a little corner of the universe is changed.  And in the process, a part of you is created anew.

There is something deeply refreshing about any truly creative pursuit.  And the benefits of creative endeavor don't depend on the quality of the endeavor.  It is the very act of creating that renews you.

This is why I am so passionate about encouraging people to paint or draw--to create--regardless of whether or not they have "talent."  I believe that any creative endeavor pays magnificent benefits for the time invested.

Not only does it afford the simple, childlike satisfaction of playing with materials--smearing paint, scribbling ideas and images, pounding with hammer and nails--but it also helps us make connections and understand life a little better.

Creativity is woven into the fabric of simpler times.  And there are as many paths to creativity as there are human beings on this planet.  You can be a creative homemaker and mother (I am married to one.)  You can also be a creative builder, a creative gardener, a creative hang glider.  There is creativity in solving personal problems, in overcoming obstacles, in keeping relationships warm.

Creativity is not optional equipment.  It is a built-in potential, a seedling planted deep in the human personality.  And like any other human possibility, creativity can be helped to grow and flourish.  Because both my happiness and my livelihood depend on maintaining my own creativity, I have a vested interest in understanding it.  So I have watched other people and taken note of myself, and I have reached a few conclusions.

First of all, creativity is contagious.  You catch it from being around other creative people.  That's what was happening with my girls one night in my studio.  My girls saw me making something new, and they were irresistibly drawn to make something, too.

That happens to me all the time.  My own creativity thrives when I expose myself to what others are doing.  I love to wander through galleries and museums, to read art books and monographs, to let myself be uplifted and inspired and humbled.  I love to be around other artists, to talk together or even to paint or sketch together. . . .

Creativity is contagious, but that's just the beginning of the process.  Motivation needs to turn to ideas, and ideas need to be incubated.  You need to move things around in your head and with your hands.  You experiment.  You move your mind around, allowing yourself to look at what you're doing from different angles. . . .

To be creative, all you need is room to play, room to think, room to just be.

   
   

Like his warm,
engaging paintings,
this celebrated artist
will help you discover
how to create calm,
not chaos; peace,
not pressure, in your
own life by introducing
you to an era of
simpler times.

  
    

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