watercolor painting mostly in violets of a woman holding a dandelion like an umbrella and flying across the page

Where’s My Creative Muse?

I recently got an email and maybe you got my email that asked, ” Have two years of pandemic living silenced your Inner Muse? Has the continuous need for flexibility zapped your inspiration? Has the relentless uncertainty left you feeling stuck? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Many of us are stuck and have lost our creative buzz.” These words resonate with me.

We ARE living in unprecedented times, creating our way out and into a new era. For some of us, the outlook is hopeful, things will change for the better. We will move into post-pandemic modes of living and working and go back to ways of being that felt more comfortable than the past two years – life without masks, life in close proximity of friends and family and colleague, life where we are free to gather in crowds. For most of us, it’s a complex mix of grief and healing having lost so much on so many levels. Art saved me. It helped me survive. I have spent the last two years trying to do the same for others.

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I believe that every one of us is on the planet to do more than just survive. As cliché as it sounds, I believe we’re here to thrive. I believe it is our moral imperative to be the best versions of ourselves. Our aim is not to be perfect, our aim is to embrace our whole selves, flaws and all, and to be authentically, genuinely, and truly ourselves.

~ Colleen Haggerty

We need three things to thrive:

We need each other. We need compassion. We need creativity.

I believe you can find and develop all of these – in creative community. I have heard this word thrown around lately – related to business and innovation! Creative community can mean so much more than the arts. Creativity is present anytime you are in a group and you are

  • Making connections.
  • Asking questions.
  • Making observations.
  • Networking.
  • Experimenting.

We often think about creativity as making something, but in fact the root meaning of the word means ‘to grow’. When we are creative we feel as if the world and all that is in it is vibrantly alive. Creativity’s by-products are some of the major achievements of civilization-from the invention of the wheel to Mozart’s sonatas.

Creative decision-making is the ability to consider all perspectives and solve a problem in a new way. It can establish new or better alternatives, offer a new method or even help discover a new product or service for a business to offer.

Some of us are at ease with our creative selves, others of us can’t imagine drawing a stick figure. But we all make creative decisions everyday. Why is creativity important in everyday life? Simply put, it is because it makes life infinitely interesting and fulfilling. Creativity is a way of living life that embraces originality and makes unique connections between seemingly disparate ideas.

Human beings are essentially born creative-from infancy on we find innovative ways to negotiate life. The most creative people find ways around obstacles because they see them not just as roadblocks but also as opportunities. Creativity expands our perceptions and along with expanded perceptions come new ways of problem solving-from making an exquisite meal when you don’t know how to cook to painting an extraordinary landscape when you are living in a freezing attic and can’t afford a full box of paints. ~Shelly Berc

Wherever you land on the creative community spectrum, there is always something new to learn and discover about yourself using creative acts. I aim to create creative community that is safe, non-judgmental and to provide the tools we as diverse humans need to grow. The path of greatness is different for everyone, we all have your own passions, gifts, and talents that will make a positive difference to humanity. Creativity is about living life as a journey into seeing and communicating the extra-ordinariness of the simplest, most every day acts.

Enjoy the journey.

And if you are interested – you are always welcome.

Come art with me!