|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?