Art is meant to be shared.
One of the best ways to develop creativity is to give. To be generous with it. Share it with others.
I once signed up for piano lessons and truly enjoyed them.....until I found out there would be a recital at the end of the year.
"But why do I have to perform?" I complained. "I'm only taking these lessons for my own benefit!"
My teacher shook her head.
"The piano IS a performance instrument," she said. "It is meant to be played so that others can enjoy. Yes, you may learn for your own pleasure, but you will really never perfect your skill unless you prepare to play for others. Music is made to be shared."
I had never thought about it that way. But really, ALL art is made to be shared. There is a common desire to share in beauty and creativity that differentiates humans from all other creatures in the world.
What are some ways you can give of your creativity?
1. Donate your talent to local organizations. Churches need artists, designers, musicians, letter folders, teachers, helpers....whatever you can do, no matter how small, you are needed.
2. Do it for free. When I started painting murals, I did (and still do) lots of freebies for people. It built my portfolio and my confidence.
3. Teach others. The best way to learn your craft is to teach someone else. You'll be forced to break each skill into its simplest form so that others can grasp it. You'll be surprised at how much you know.
4. Share with someone in need. A friend of mine loves to spruce up homeless shelters and safe homes for abused women. She loves making these places beautiful for people who need beauty in their lives. A person or family who is struggling may not have any time or money to spend on extras, like art, music or crafts. Imagine what a blessing it would be to receive a gift of beauty!
Sharing your art and talent makes the world a better place. Even if you feel you aren't "very good," you will find somebody who appreciates what you do....and will feel joy because of it.
Today's Be More Creative assignment is to GIVE.
How can you give away your talents today? How could your art benefit someone else? What would the world look like if we all gave generously of our creativity and love of beauty?