If you don’t feel you’re a creative person, you’re not alone. Many adults don’t believe they’re even the slightest bit creative. But just because you haven’t taken an art class or made art for years, it doesn’t mean you haven’t been creative in other ways. Seeing creativity in a black and white definition (i.e. paint on a canvas) limits the potential of what creativity can be. Ken Robinson in Out of Our Minds encourages, “Creativity is not a separate faculty that some people have and others don’t.” Even if you believe you’re not creative, it doesn’t mean it’s true. As Robinson argues, “Everyone has creative capabilities, but they often do not know what they are.”
Creativity can be found in many different areas, from the obvious (within the arts), to the sciences or in our daily lives (i.e. problem solving, organisation, connecting with others, cooking to name a few). With creativity being defined as “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something,” there’s no mention of it being limited to gallery art or being skilful at painting.
While this blog has a focus on making art, you have the capacity to be creative in a wide range of different ways. Whether you use pen and paper or not, dropping the story of not being creative and instead looking for all the ways you are creative may give you a different (and more truthful) perspective.