Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one’s chosen form. Basically mucking about with the stuff you have in front of you. Experimenting with it, seeing what happens, and keeping the stuff you like I guess. Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
You have to let yourself go to be creative. Children possess this quality but then seem to lose it as they are told, “it’s not the done thing”. Pablo Picasso summed it up well; “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”.
The answer is simple. Never grow up. It simply means if you’re writing or directing give yourself enough time to play. Play the fool. Goad. Shock. Laugh. Trip over something that isn’t there. Try something. And never be afraid to fail. That failure is useful too. It’s just another building block.
Never stop asking questions, never stop wondering, always think of other ways to face challenges, always question why things are the way they are, keep wondering, keep on learning, always stay young, never stop dreaming, never stop doing, creativity by playing, work=play, gamification, living the dream, what do you mean, this cannot be done?
Creatives long to see through the eyes of a child and never lose a sense of wonder. For them, life is about mystery, adventure, and growing young. Everything else is simply existing, and not true living.
Summing-up: Just never grow up – completely. “Adulthood” as our society has defined it is the bane of our happy existence. Being in the open, wondrous, and joyful mind-set of a child as often as possible is the key to opening our hearts and minds.