As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
I always thought about life itself as being art. As I began to decide that I needed to write about this topic / thought, I decided to see if I had written about this earlier, and the truth is that as much as I searched our website, it doesn't seem like I did. I found this especially odd as I have read, written a lot about the arts, creativity, but its also one of those beliefs. A belief in the arts, and the potential of the arts and creativity.
So as I had my recent flashback that inclined me to write via instagram, I decided to share them on our website too. During my high school / secondary school years, I was known to be "artsy." I used to hear it a lot of the times: I can't draw, or I'm not creative or artsy from others. But even in my younger years, I would always appeal and simply say, that even if you can draw a line or a stick person, you are still creative. Even as I write with this very pen - isn't that act of picking up a pen to write words on a paper creative? Artsy? Or even typing words on a webpage creative? I think so. As we are taken back to my opening thought - all of life is creative. To the one who does the cooking, cleaning, creating a business, the social scientist, or creating anything, to the focused painter / drawer, even the very act of living, it's all art. What we could say that evokes the word I can't, is the direct attachment to the construct. The construct of art itself. What is art, and how one chooses to define art . These thoughts can be related to the word schemata defined as: "Frameworks for organizing and representing knowledge that contain roles, variables, and fixed parts" (Galotti, Fernandes, Figelsang & Stolz, 2010).
What we could say is what limits the artists him / herself are the various social - emotional blocks, socio-economic, leading to the limitation of artistic resources. There really is no such thing as I can't. But it does become such a thing when we keep repeating thought patterns. Believe me it is very difficult to change the I can't to I can. It is not as simple as it sounds, because thought patterns change, and require more that just an actual thought, but maybe it is a starting point.
All of life is art - including the musicians, dancers, Actors / actresses, professional athletes, and anyone else that one would like to add. These thoughts are not written as a form of compensation, but rather to inspire and encourage. To think of the formal arts as the paintings, drawings, arts and crafts, creative writing, but also beyond what is formally viewed as art. Life itself!
My thoughts to share with love & kindness! :)
Reference: Galotti. M. K., Fernandes, A. M., Fugelsang, J. & stoloz, A. J. (2010). Cognitive Psychology. Belmont, CA: Thomas Wadsworth Publishing. Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on October 26th, 2019. Image 1 - Web Link Image 2 - Web Link Image 3 - Web Link