When we have ownership, strive for mastery and live in purpose we feel free to create.
According to Collier’s Dictionary, inspiration is when something or someone makes you want to do something new or unusual.
You can probably recall what motivated you to step out and do a thing differently. Maybe you were faced with a problem either yours or someone else's that needed a solution. If all workers made a single business card it would read: My name is _______ and I solve ________ problems. Lawyers solve legal problems. Professional Athletes solve entertainment problems. Educators solve learning problems.
I was inspired to create the FB group Quietgirlartful Connect because I wanted to solve a problem. I was looking for a way to have a new experience with my artmaking that went beyond me. I wanted to interact with and bring value to others through providing educational content, insight into the Artist's process, exposure to my business, and encouragement for you to pursue your own creative dreams. I was inspired by this thing, this idea that I had carried for 30 years. What inspires you?
Inspiration can occur with anyone for any reason and is not limited to the Visual arts space.
We are also inspired by others. Artists being a subcategory of this group. This is one reason why I shared 28 days of Black Artists during the month of February. I wanted you to meet and learn more about some of the amazing Artists who have inspired me in my art making journey. I enjoy learning and sharing knowledge to help others and growing while discovering more of who I am. Who inspires you?
In a Ted Talk by Ken Robinson, he said that we are all born with a 'wild imagination' so there is space for us all to be creative, not just a handful of those we believe have natural talent. It’s just that our life experiences may have taught us to be afraid of the unknown. He said that through being ushered away from creative subjects and losing experience in them, we lose the capacity of being prepared to be wrong. Essentially “if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” Thomas Edison is quoted as saying; “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won ‘t work.”
According to Naomi Francis, businesses have begun to recognize the true benefit of creativity. It raises the rate of producing solutions and increases the chances of staying ahead of the competition. Through research, Scientists have identified 3 Key Elements that Inspire Creativity:
Autonomy – The urge to direct our own lives.
Mastery – The desire to get better at something that matters.
Purpose – The yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.
For me all 3 of these elements are at work when I create. One reason I chose to start Quietgirlartful LLC in September 2021 was to have a sense of autonomy. I had to have more ownership of my schedule with more time to work and develop my vision. I see myself as a visual historian recording an often-overlooked moment in time. I practice and work toward mastery of this visual skill. I believe that practice makes better.
It is through my Art and creation that I hope to present us to ourselves. I do this by creating a work that I hope 'adds beauty, joy and color to your living spaces and special places.' I believe that when we see and recognize our common humanity, it can bring connection and open the door for creative solutions to our human problems. This is part of my purpose.
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