The Creative Journey

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The Creative has numerous ways to express their creativity. They can write, paint, take photographs, play instruments, act, shoot film, animate, make crafts and numerous creative activities. The creative archetype has a number of options for workshops, seminars, groups and activities. In fact, the Creative and the Daredevil are probably the most easily catered for in midlife.

But what does it mean to be creative? Is it limited to the most obvious artistic driven pursuits or can we be creative in ways that might not seem immediately obvious. When someone bakes a magnificent cake complete with icing, double layers of chocolate and whipped cream do we immediately stand back and say, “you must be an artist?” to the person who created the masterpiece? No, we usually appreciate the skill of getting the cake to rise and then woof it down and try not to think of the calories. Or what about the computer programmer who converts the repetitive digits of our mathmatical system to create something as magnficent as Photoshop? Do we ever stop to think about the engineers who built fantastic bridges. Or even the creativity of gardners who get their plants to grow across, over and under all sorts of constructs?

Our view of creativity can be limited by what we believe the term ‘artist’ involves. There are many forms of art that don’t involve paintbrushes, cameras or paper. Exploring a creative journey might be as simple as adding a piece of jewlery to your outfit, coloring your hair or using makeup. Art comes in many forms and without it our world would be very grey indeed.

Sue Bell

Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.

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