Creativity and Love for Art
The Love of Art
Lets talk paint, crayons, paper, clay and so on... You can you use anything to create art, all you need is a bit of imagination and creativity. Do you love artistic things? Do you appreciate different types of work of art? Is is easy for you to start on an activity which involves creativity? If not, do you wanna be artistically inclined?
The first step is to have a heart for art. Of course not everyone is good immediately, everything takes time to perfect, and for me no one is lacking creativity, the hard part is just how to let it show.
Starting early is really crucial , for kids craft ideas you can check it out here as for me i had a lot of time to practice my artistic skills when i was a bit younger, unlike now i rarely have time for painting as it takes hours and hours to finish one, because now i usually paint on canvas and use acrylic paint. But as they say, if you love something you can make time for it.
Where It All Began
Start of My Artistic Journey
As a child i was pretty much allowed to doddle things on paper, my parents really encouraged me whenever i make something artistic or creative for them of course it wasn't perfect or that good either, but hey i was a kid, even making trees/flowers were hard then, and the only characters i can draw were stick people. But life is fun when you're a kid who's allowed to make a mess for the sake of art and then clean it myself afterwards with help of course.
I remember the time I jumped off from drawings and crayons to basic painting which later i applied to my crafts. I started to get crafty when the time we started having art projects in grade school. From woodcraft to knitting, i always get excited after they grade my work and i get to take it home and then the fun begins---I have the chance to mix things up and get creative, i would paint woodcraft different matching colors, stick a few beads then done, my projects are never the same with my classmates, i guess i just like to stand out and show what i got. Its so fulfilling to have created something unique and people would just wow in awe and say "why didn't i think of that?". I always have all sorts of Creative ideas
Art Materials - you might need
My parents invested in my art materials, i get to explore my other potentials like painting and crafts.
Creativity: Nature or Nurture?
I always believed that there is always a balance between the influence of genes and the environment. In my case, its a combination of nature and nurture. How about you?
Is Creativity the work of Nature or Nurture?
Room for Improvement - Strive for the Best
As a five year old little girl creating artwork, its fine to have crayons go passed the line, have crooked walls for houses, or even not proportionate faces. But as you grow old, its another story, of course everything in life there must be improvement somehow, to see whether your talent is growing or not.
In my case as i grew older, my artworks started to change, from not so sturdy crafted picture frames, to crafting realistic props or even hats with crazy themes. We had this party during Christmas and the theme was "Crazy Hats", and yes i was tasked to create our hats. Two weeks before the party i had an idea for two hats, mine and my youngest sister's, A fruitcake hat for me and a hat that looked like a building for her, we used news paper, shoe boxes, PVA glue (50% glue and 50 % water), Tissue and the oh so colorful acrylic paint. It went out great and the fruitcake seemed real. Now a week before the party my other sister still doesn't have a hat for the party, pressured to have an idea i couldn't think of what kind of hat to make. Then it hit her, she thought of having an ice cream on a cone for a hat, a little brainstorming and it ended up being an ice cream on a cone laid rested on her head sideways, with dripping ice cream of course! Guess what? she won the craziest hat award and gained 3 hair cellophane treatment,1 hair spa treatment, and one thousand pesos. Thinking out of the box really does pay!
How They Addressed My Little Creations - What to say, and What not to say. That is The Question
Compliments and Suggestions (not Criticism) are part of building me as a little artist, people saying how nice my coloring skills were when i was little and suggesting that it would be better to avoid missing out spaces that needs to be colored, all contributed to improving what i started with.
I was allowed to color objects with different colors than what their real color was, They encouraged me to be unique like using violet for the leaves of trees instead of green this i believe promoted my boldness in art thus giving spark to creativity, opening the door to new possibilities, stepping out from my comfort zone.
All in all, in addressing something a child as done, its better to handle it, with gentleness, patience, and kindness like how my parents did. Its very easy to discourage a child in not continuing his or her task. For example its better to ask what he or she drew or painted, rather than assuming what the artwork is yourself, as to avoid offending the child. Saying "oh what a beautiful painting of a tree." but it was actually intended by him or her to be a flower, rather the best approach is to let him or her interpret his or her artwork. This would also build his or her confidence that what he or she did is great.
Photo by woodleywonderworks on Flickr
Here are some of the materials close to what i use
See My Paintings - Acrylic on Canvas
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My Creations Today - An Example of My Artwork
This one is done on Canvas, using acrylic paint. Painting now is one of my way to escape stress or even sadness and disappointment. It even amazes me of how things turn out as i paint it looks cheerful even if i paint while being sad and disappointed. It gives me the opportunity to concentrate on other things rather than on the things making me sad. Painting makes me happy, for me its so fulfilling.
I have done more than 5 paintings on canvas since the year 2012, it's so few because i barely have time to paint now, so every time i get the extra time from my busy schedule, i go grab the brush and paint away.
Every painting i did on canvas are now with my friends and family, requested as gifts or given voluntarily by me. It's makes me happy knowing that even a small part in their lovely home, my painting was given room on their walls. I'm so thankful for god gave me the Talent to Paint and create artworks that i could share with everyone.