Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Virtue of Creativity

Mom painting Mount Moran

My mother was one of the most creative people I have ever known. This picture was taken on a vacation we took to Jackson Hole Wyoming. She loved to paint landscapes, so while the rest of us went hiking, she set up her easel, grabbed her paints and paintbrushes, and got busy. She had an artist eye.

I didn't inherit her talent. I remember one day she tried to help me paint a portrait. I spent hours just on the hair. But I learned something that day. While it was true my mother was a gifted artist and could sit down and easily draw a picture, it was still work. She made it look very easy, but I was seeing someone who sacrificed to learn a craft she was passionate about. Her creativity flourished because she loved art and because she had a passion to learn all she could about it.

I think we all have creativity. It's just a matter of finding the key that will unlock it.

The key that unlocked my creativity was my love of stories, reading and writing them. It took me a while to figure it out. And then it took me even longer to see the success I wanted. But I finally did.

Even though my mother couldn't teach me to paint, she did teach me to go after my dreams and unlock my own creativity.

Who or what helped you find the key to your creativity?



  1. I love how you point out that it's still work! Even if you're talented at something, there's no substitute for hard work and dedication, and perfecting your work time and time again.


  2. Jordan,
    Thanks. I'm glad you liked it. :)

  3. That's a great question! I'm not sure I know exactly. I remember my mom being very crafty--painting, ceramics, etc. I do know that whenever I read a book I loved when I was a kid, I got the urge to write one of my own. So maybe that's it :)

  4. Coleen,
    I loved to read stories when I was a kid as well. You're probably right. That's what unlocked your creativity to write. :)



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