When you really stop and think about it, you realize people are often creative in a number of different ways. My friend Lindy Hearne is a singer/songwriter, and he is also an amazing photographer. I tried to snag a copy of one of his pictures from Facebook, but couldn’t. If you would like to see a few of his shots, here is a LINK And if you would like to hear some of the music he creates with his partner, Lynn Adler, here is a LINK to their page on MySpace.
I have another friend who is a writer, Jory Sherman, and he is also a painter. What is the most amazing thing about that is that he is legally blind. Well, so am I in one eye, but he is blind in both. He can see light and dark and make out some large images, but that is all. The work he has turned out on canvas is stunning and he has won awards for that work as well as his writing. Here is a LINK to a story I did about Jory last year. You can see some of his paintings there.
I thought about this cross-over of creativity this morning when I set out on my morning walk. This will now explain the pictures of the buzzards in case you were wondering what on earth they have to do with this topic.
As I was walking, I was checking out the cows and the egrets in the pasture across the road from me when I saw this dead tree full of buzzards. It is a gray, cloudy morning and the silhouette of the birds against the gray sky was captivating. I thought about just walking on by, but couldn’t resist the urge to go back and get my camera.
That urge got me to thinking about this cross-over of creativity and how people are loaded with it, even if they don’t realize it or explore it. Since reading The Artist’s Way, I have been more aware of the forms of creativity I enjoy and am apparently gifted at. At least that’s what people tell me.
I don’t think I am as gifted as some of my friends, but then I have always had a hard time being my own cheerleader. I do enjoy singing, acting, directing, playing guitar, and I have even done some painting. All of that feeds my creative core, and as I learned from that book and from wise friends, all creativity is connected and feeds each other. So I believe I have become a better writer since allowing myself to enjoy all these other forms of creativity.
What about you? What types of creative endeavors do you enjoy? It doesn’t have to be in the arts. Creativity can take many forms.