Is the world getting more conscious of the need for creativity? Experts agree that the world is more than ever divided between rich and poor. What about the divide between artists and the creatively blocked? I say creatively blocked because everyone has a creative side that needs expression in some way.
If more of us acknowledged this creative side and gave it expression then would we not be more balanced people? More fulfilled even?
I have been researching creative issues as part of a new art course coming out later this month. One of the surprising results of this research is just how many people want to get in touch with their creative side. What is stopping them? First off too many people laugh off art as a joke when put alongside the world's dire issues. I get this because it is a grim situation if one focusses on the TV news. However consider how art can uplift communities both emotionally and economically. What would the impact be on community issues such as crime, unemployment, family breakdown and other psychological issues? I am suggesting that art and creativity in the wider sense is easier to follow than waiting for expensive government building projects and so on. In short art is not a trivial subject but can be part of a wider upliftment of society.
What about people who have a secure life, but still struggle to get their art going? The excuses are common ones. No time, money or talent rank highly. These excuses are tough to challenge because of the emotional firepower that people have to support the excuses. In short these are symptoms of serious creative blocks that must be faced head-on.
The hardest argument to attack is the one involving money. Yes art is the victim of this issue, but I can assure you that there a plenty of struggling lawyers and other professionals too. If you believe an idea then it is true for you. That is the way it is. Finally there is no rule that says you have to give up your day job to be an artist. You have the freedom to decide how to run your life. Art does not demand that you sacrifice your financial wellbeing. Art simply requires you to create in order to free your innate spirit. One step at a time.
When to start your creative revival or how is up to you as long as you begin. An hour on the weekend? Anyone can manage this. I can assure you from personal experience that once you begin and commit to the process you will have momentum. This can carry you onward until you build up a regular practice. A creative rebirth opens doors by its very nature. Trust in yourself and the process. Yes progress may be glacial at first, but we all know the power and impact that is behind such movement.
Art is worth your while. If you find yourself stuck and in doubt remember that it is often one small step that is required to free your art spirit. What if you take that step now?