Thursday, February 4, 2010

Seeds

Where does creativity begin? Where do the seeds of a new ideas grow from? I have students tell me all the time that they are not creative. And I'm pretty quick to tell them that's just not true. Creativity, like that seed in the garden, needs to be nurtured in order to grow.

Every artist I know sees the world a little bit differently...but really, isn't it just that they take the time to really SEE it???

I spent an hour this afternoon on the shores of the flooded creek near my house. I was absolutely fascinated by the fast moving water and how it would get ahead of itself causing up to 20 swells to grow two - three feet high before the water on top of those swells would actually start to flow backwards and then spill over and cause a wake out into the shallower parts. Once some of that water was released into the wake, all those swells would simply disappear.

I have no idea where that bit of knowledge and understanding will appear again. A painting? A bead? A short story? I'm not certain, but I know it will come out somewhere...

The truth is, we are all creative beings and the seeds of new ideas are born all the time, often subconsciously. You see a beautiful flower on a walk and you end up trying to sculpt it.

You realize that new bead you made is a dead ringer for the pattern on a pretty dress you saw last week.
Creativity is waiting for you to begin to take notice, pay attention, listen to your inner voice. It's waiting... for you.

10 comments:

Baroness Bijoutery said...

Your post was very good..and it's true you never know where that next seed will appear..There are times when the ideas come so fast I can't get them down fast enough...Other times they wake me in the middle of the night...Most times I see a certain stone or bead and know I must have it..But for what purpose I'm not sure..Eventually the bead or stone will tell me what it wants and we are off to the races...

JanelDudleyBeads said...

Holly, beautifully written! This blog post gave me seeds of inspiration!

Love the flower necklace and that focal is stunning, looks like opal! How did you do that?!

Also thank you so very much!! Hugs to you my friend!

Lea Avroch said...

So beautifully written! I enjoyed reading every word! And it's all so very true!

Maybeads said...

Holly, I love this post! I wish I had read it as a kid, when I thought I was hopeless. And I agree with Janel, the flower necklace and the focal are stunning!

Hege-Annie Simonsen said...

Beautiful! I love your work!

bellajoya said...

Awesome. Seeds as a beginning are so incredible to me, so much potential in such a small package. Great job on your post!

Heather Powers said...

Thanks for sharing Holly, I love that we just need to open our eyes and stop for a minute to let our creativity flow.

Michelle Mach said...

What a nice reflection on "beginnings"! It is hard to pin down creativity--it always seems so mysterious.

TesoriTrovati said...

So true! I hate it when people look at me and tell me they are not creative...as if that is something they didn't get in their lunch box at school, or were asleep on that day! It is innate. We are called to be creators by God. We must make things, move things, think things, dream things. It is what makes us human. I loved your post Holly. Thanks for sharing your beginnings with me! Enjoy the day! Erin

Regina said...

So true! so nicely said! We just got to keep our eyes opened and the mind receptive. Love your post.