I am loving looking for creative angles and images throughout the day without having to have my big ole camera. My iphone has opened my eyes to so many creative little photo opportunies throughout my day...here is a glimpse of my week through Instagram. (PS if you want to follow me, I'm Makewells on Instagram and Twitter)
If you ever want to see something ridiculous, you should see Brent and I when we spot a deer. Our level of excitement exceeds what most people's does, I'm sure. You'd think we spotted a dinosaur.
So yesterday, Brent called to tell me there were 3 deer in our yard in Virginia. He could barely contain himself. So I started thinking that I'll need some decor for our home to symbolize our love for the deer (fake deer mounts of course...I couldn't make a statue of something I killed. I find that weird.)
Being creative can be a lot like not giving in to peer pressure. It's the "everybody's doing it" complex.
I posted a couple weeks ago about being original and whether it's even possible in today's day and age (you can see the post here). So, expanding on that I wanted to briefly touch on the courage it takes to be creative.
First, though, I went to the dictionary to break down these two words.
Creativity: the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.
Courage: the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear.
No of course, when I think about making art (painting, doodling, creating in various forms) I don't think about facing difficulty, danger, or pain...without fear. In the physical sense.
But what about rejection? My work not being accepted? That causes pain. And let's be honest, whether I want to admit it or not, I want people to like my stuff. To accept me as an artist. But, at the same time, I want to create what comes from my heart - not what I think other people will like and accept. So there is this battle. That is difficulty. And there is pain, heartache, when a sale does not go through, or when no positive response is given to my work. Or even just not as much response as I expected.
So it does take courage to be creative.
But it's a battle with myself.
And thankfully I have this promise to rest in. I know God made me artist, so I'll cling to this promise:
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" - Jeremiah 29:11