watercolor on paper
26" x 20"
Katharine A. Cartwright, 2012
Creativity in the arts depends upon one's ability to be simultaneously intuitive and analytical. It's the melding of one's spatial thinking (non-verbal) and stored knowledge. It's allowing the mind to play and still adhere to acquired skills and the results of experiments. It's shedding inhibitions and discovering the far-reaches of your mind that you often ignore or wall-off. It's having some guts and not caring about what others think!
I've spent decades (nearly a half-century now) creating art and it has taken me most of that time to reach this conclusion: creativity is a powerful tool in every discipline (not just art) that leads to innovation. Without innovation, we stagnate; our society stagnates; the arts stagnate. So, why look to others to create and innovate when we have it within ourselves to do so? What's holding us back? We, ourselves.
I've spent only a few years as an art instructor and have been very lucky to work with both professional and amateur artists. The number one lesson - the thing we spend the most time on - is discovering what to say as an individual and then how to say it in two dimensions. There's nothing more important than the artist's voice.
What are your thoughts?