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Spread #39 – It’s Not About Me February 12, 2009

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.

spread-39-its-not-about-me …It’s about them. The kids! And the incredible creativity they possess when they are younglings. As they become preteens, however, they gradually cease to pursue their innate creative talents. I know it can be explained from a developmental perspective. In actuality, creativity never leaves us, it just stays dormant until it is awakened in a later stage, or, in most cases it is suppressed to what appears to be, non-existence. I believe it is the need of all humans to ‘make things’, to create, to cook dinner for guests, decorate our nest, pick out an outfit for the day, knit a scarf, etc. We keep telling old crummy masterpieces of fiction, that we are not creative, not talented enough to… not good at…don’t have time for..,that it’s frivolous to…have you noticed? It’s not about art…It’s about creativity! I know it’s an overly used word, but for a reason. It’s conducive to life’s joy and good health. We cannot afford to live without it. Creativity can become a part of EVERYTHING we do. There are too many adults working too hard to help many more adults to restore and awaken their forgotten creativity. Let’s take preventative measures, and not let our kids forget. This journal pages hold my 10 year-old daughter’s drawings. Both my kids amaze me each and every day, with flying sparks of creativity, found not only in their art, but in their words, thoughts, their ideas, inventions and humor…ahhhh…expressions of breath…


1. donna - February 13, 2009

What happy pictures – I love waking up this way!
In whatever capacity it is, we are nothing but creative, and that seems to elude so many of us at different times in our lives – thanks for the reminder!
My sister just turned me on to this website ted.com and there was a very amusing yet thought provoking talk by Sir Ken Robinson you might be interested about creativity in our schools – http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
Thanks for starting my morning bright!

Orly: Thanks Donna..I’ll be sure to check this link later on.

2. Renee Khan - February 13, 2009

10 years old, what a talented little girl.

I agree with you Orly.

Love Renee

3. ::βrꆆ:: - February 13, 2009

I’m a preteen and I still think of inpossible things! Or is that weird… 😆 Nice post Orly! 😉

4. ~xPrownPilk - February 14, 2009

🙂 I’m so glad everyone likes my stuff 🙂
But i didn’t do the whole thing…I give credit to my Mom, too, for the other stuffs. 🙂

~ 8) Maya.

Orly: Yeah Maya..I did ‘stuff’..the background to your fantabulous spirited drawings in your favorite color combo..blue & yellow.. (:

5. ~xPrownPilk - February 14, 2009

Yay! :mrgreen: I noticed!

6. Orly - February 14, 2009

Please check out Donna’s above link to Ted Robinson’s Youtube video “Do schools kill creativity”..it’s so relevant to my post here and very entertaining as well. I really like what he said “Creativity is as important in education as literacy, they should both be treated with the same status”. I agree and I’d also like to add that I believe it is not only schools that kill creativity..we, parents, unfortunately, do quite a good job at it ourselves. Thank you Donna..this guy is funny too..

7. Renee Khan - February 14, 2009

Kisses xxx and Hugs ooo Orly Love Renee

8. stephanie - February 16, 2009

It is amazing how the creative spirit seems to shut down. I hope you are able to keep the spark alive in your talented daughter! AND that she reads your blog….Nice work Maya, I’m particularly loving your green dog…

9. Lyon - February 16, 2009

Wow Orly, I didn’t know you knew so much about kids. 🙂 Yeah, we think of immposible things and have great imaginations, but that’s how the future is born!

10. bbfreeze♥ - February 16, 2009

I don’t think I’ve ever commented… maybe I have, but a long time ago. I’m friends with Ilan & Maya. Anyway, I’m just letting you know how good you are at these spreads! Seriously, when I open my eyes, I do see paradise… art-wise. 😆 Great blog! Keep up the awesome work.

♥ Bbfreeze ♥

11. kecia - February 17, 2009

hi, i’m really glad you found my blog and left a comment – i enjoyed hearing the perspective of what a newcomer thought of my blog – and of course, it brought me over here to see what you are up to! i’ve been enjoying myself as i proruse your blog and see all your really cool journal entries. now i am off to see some more,

12. Ilan - February 23, 2009

Oh course, creativity never leaves us. I love how you continue to try and pursue your dream of evoking other peoples talents through art journaling. You always show people how everyone has creativity inside them, no matter how deep it lurks. Good job!

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