The secret behind creative habits….

****This is an excerpt  from a post I wrote back in January of 2013, when I was living in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. I mention a dear friend who came to visit me, and he lost his father unexpectedly yesterday.  This re-post is dedicated to him, and keeping the creative spirit alive and well, even in trying times.

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What is it about humans that makes us creative?

Such a beautiful thing, and so lovely to witness it in people. Sure, I post oodles of art of other people, inspirational quotes or projects, but what am I doing to be creative? Creativity exists in every person I think, and when you explore it, often we are surprised what comes out.

PAINTING
PAINTING / JOURNALING Moleskin Watercolor Journal and Winsor and Newton travel paint set. LOVE.

I had a friend come to visit me this past summer when I was living in the mountains of Colorado.  High up in the mountains, surrounded by nature, he was in awe of the inspiration that surrounded me.

“You are so lucky to be living here.”

And he was right.  I showed him my journal, a black Moleskin watercolor journal with thick, heavy paper pages screaming to have someone put pencil to paper, paint brush to paper, and create.  I have kept journals for years, but rarely show them to anyone. He said they were lovely…..did I do it everyday, he asked?

And a light bulb went off in my brain.  Creativity comes when it is a daily practice.

If I sat down with the intention to paint, I always came up with something.  But the hardest part was getting to that point. But if I got to that point great things happen.

So lesson learned kids?  Daily practice is a good little mantra to live by if they are good, creative habits.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Biral says:

    This is exactly what I need to embed in my life – daily drawing and finding a way that makes grabbing my sketchbook effortless. Thank you for this great reminder 🙂

    1. missyjean says:

      I am so very glad you got something out of this post, Biral! I always keep a small sketchbook and a small pencil bag with the basics in my bag where ever I go. Constantly I am surprised at how often inspiration strikes when I am out and about 🙂

    2. BIRAL : I am with you on that , I too need to get in to that .. 🙂

  2. Bill Chance says:

    Really nice – what a favor to your friend.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. missyjean says:

      Thank you, Bill! Life has ups and downs, and creative expression seems to help us manage them. My friend is a very creative soul! 🙂

  3. Hi Jean, this is simply adorable. Thanks for sharing and congrats for this interesting site!

    1. missyjean says:

      Thanks so much! Creativity is such a great thing to cultivate…it connects you to your inner workings and others! 🙂

      1. Oh yeah, you know so well about this. Your work is amazing. I’m an admirer. Thanks for your comment 😉

  4. Hey wonderful blog you got here ! , I agree with you creativity has to be a daily practice , I need to work on sitting down with it and forming a daily routine out of it . – Thank you for posting it was inspiring

    1. missyjean says:

      Thank you for the kind words….the project has done wonders in bringing up my comfort level with drawing people. And it is fun to choose someone each week too! Thanks for reading…much appreciated!

  5. ..and oh thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

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