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Spread #84- The Roots Of Creativity February 23, 2010

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.

A lot was written about the origins of creativity. How does one become more creative than another? Is creativity human nature, hereditary, a personality trait, a cognitive ability, is it triggered by circumstances? Is it all of the above? Probably! Often, throughout my years I have questioned the roots of my own creativity. But before I could answer that question for myself, I had to first agree that I am a creative being, not easy, as you well know. On the other hand if you are like me who believes we are all born creative, then it’s not that difficult either. So what is it about my roots that made me hang on to it, never ever lose it? Well, I believe that one’s disposition towards creativity as a grown-up is determined partly by genes and mostly by one’s days as a child. For me these childhood days divide into two chapters. The first was desolate and forlorn; it was a time where my days did not seem significant, worthy of much of anything. I had a lot of alone time on my hands. With a perpetual pencil in my hand and a piece of paper in front of me I could mark my territory anew every single day. My doodles, my drawings, my scribbles, became my markings, my happy place, my place of safety; no one could take THAT away from me. The second chapter was all about being witnessed and noticed by others, being praised and applauded, encouraged and cheered on, to experiment, to express, to sketch, to paint, to sculpt, to carve, to shape, to cement all the days to come as days to be lived creatively. Today my creativity does not link to suffering, nor is it propelled by others. It is what it is because it needs to be. It is quite simple now, made possible by my childhood less simple days…

What are the roots of your creativity?


1. kelly - February 23, 2010

Kudos, Orly, on another wonderful blog post. I love when you post!!

I honestly and truly believe that every human being is creative in some way, shape or form. We’re all capable of making something. If you go into any kindergarten class and ask the kids how many of them are creative or how many of them are artists, they’ll all raise their hands. Fewer and fewer hands go up as the kids get older and things get beaten out of them. We’re all creative. Some let it shine with a paint brush. Some use a pen. Some cook. Some garden.

I swear I was born with a pencil or crayon in my hand. I always always had paper and a pencil with me. I was always drawing, doodling, writing. I get antsy if I haven’t made something creative in a day or two. I am pulled to create. I am egged on to make something. I love it. It’s like breathing to me. I don’t know how I would exist without it.

2. ro bruhn - February 23, 2010

The roots to my creativity almost mirror yours. I grew up in the UK and spent many hours collecting things in hedgerows to draw and use in my art works. I made dolls from leftover fabrics my mother had and matchboxes and paper mache were regularly used in my work. I still collect stuff and recycle it, it has always been a passion to create.

3. Brian Kasstle - February 23, 2010

Oh such a wonderful post! I used to think my creativity only came from my Father. I NOW think it is a combination of both my Mom & Dad. From my dad, creating with my hands, drawing, journaling. From my Mother, gardening, homekeeping, cooking, caring for our pets. It IS something I need to do EVERY single day or I get cranky and feel very, very odd. Thank you for helping to nuture & challenge my creative soul my friend and to help me find my roots…

4. theartofyou - February 23, 2010

“….Today my creativity does not link to suffering……”
ahhhhhh………………… Just that statement is a reminder that we don’t have to suffer in order to “have the excuse” of art. I think the “suffering artist” is a stereotype because humans naturally turn to the arts to heal themselves. But thanks for the reminder that we can keep the art AFTER the suffering. Humans are art-making creatures. Expression and art are natural and we can make room for them in our normal, day to day, non-suffering and non-agnsty lives too! We don’t have to have or BE a squeeky wheel to get the ART!

5. Anairam - February 23, 2010

I agree with you that we are all creative beings. For me the exploration of what is possible in this realm only started very late … but I am so thankful that it happened and that I now have the time to potter around and create things. I think our childhood does have a lot to do with it – I was a “clever” child and found myself guided into an academic direction and academic pursuits from early on. I remember wanting to take art lessons but somehow this was never possible – I didn’t even think to ask for it!

6. Donna Watson - February 24, 2010

About 10 years ago I hit a crisis in my artisic journey and really questioned whether I had any creativity in me– spent a year journaling and reading books on creativity.. and what I read and came to believe is that creativity has 2 criteria– the desire to change and the willingness to work very hard– discipline… I decided I had those 2 elements– looks like you do too.

7. aimee - February 24, 2010

once again you set my mind ablaze with your art and words! your journal page reminds me of the cycle of the seasons, and i think creativity is much like that. fresh roots keep sprouting as long as we keep alive our need to create.

8. stephanie - February 24, 2010

You always offer up such a rich dialogue Orly! I do believe that every child is born with a creative seed. How does this seed find fertile ground to grow or to wither? My creative self has always been part of who I am….from playing with collage images and sewing elaborate costumes as a child with my grandmothers and the more traditional route in school. I feel I am back in the childhood stage now, playing with whatever lights my fancy…
this wonderful new venue that links my roots to yours…

9. Suzan Buckner - February 24, 2010

WOW. I don’t know what else to say. Pam Carriker told me I needed to check out your blog…and I am in total complete awe. I have went back to the beginning, and started reading every post, and soaking in the beauty of every page. It’s all just so wonderful. Kudos!! Not many people get my attention, as you and your blog have. I love it. Thank you so much for sharing!

10. elke - February 24, 2010

the beginnings of your creativity as a child are heart breaking orly ….the image of a little girl with her trusty pencil– sad and hopeful– for look what has become of that little girl! thank you for sharing this…..
i don’t know when it started…. this creative path that i now know i am on for life. i dabbled in many mediums before my heart found it’s way into my work in the form of art journaling. no other medium allowed me to access my feelings. art journaling is not about making art– but rather self discovery, self healing, self love and internal battles. I think of it as one of my life tools now— couldn’t live without it.

11. Paula - February 25, 2010

Wow… what an amazing post. Both your page and words are just wonderful. As for me, creativity comes easy, but I know that is a lucky trait. For so long I was afraid to do anything artistic because I couldn’t draw. I have found so much freedom and pleasure in art journaling.
You are one awesome woman and artist!
Much Love

12. shannon - February 25, 2010

my roots of creativity began with a lot of freedom to explore and discover on my own. it seems like my brother and i were left to use our imaginations for hours on end…and since we didn’t have a lot of “traditional” toys, we were really forced to use our imaginations. cardboard boxes and other found objects became our landscape to create props and sets for our plays, to make chairs and tables for our school, to make signs and forts for our clubhouse. we didn’t have video games, we didn’t watch much TV, and my mom was our elementary school art teacher so we got to play with her supplies after school. although i still struggled in my teens and early 20’s to find and reconnect to my “inner artist”, with work and self-love, i now believe there isn’t a right or wrong way to create and that every single one of us is an artist.

13. Seth - February 26, 2010

An interesting question and such a wonderful page spread. I particularly like the rooting of the page on the right.

14. Briana - March 1, 2010

Color, color, color! I have always been drawn to bright colors, be it a box of crayons, candy, make-up, or high quality art supplies. Color inspires me. I create based on what colors are calling to me at the moment. Usually, there is some orange in my art, hence the name of my etsy shop (orangespiral.etsy.com)

Colette - March 15, 2010

Wow. Even your comment box has colour. It is just like being at an art gallery coming here to your blog. Nothing is simple. Your lines and shapes say so much. I wonder if you decide to start an online class can you inform me? I followed a link off Pam Carriker to find you. My name will link to my old wordpress blog but I don’t post there. I’ll leave my real url.


15. Sally - March 18, 2010

We as humans share each others tears. Can I alone erase pain? Most likely not. Sooth maybe but not erase, and should I even try? Your writing is very thoughtful and I do love your journal pages. Thank you for creating.

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