A recent tweet/re-tweet led me to a very complicated article about creativity.* Luckily, another link led to something a bit more tangible; Development of creativity.
I’ve always had a great interest in “creativity” and how it can sometimes be out of grasp for the average person who might consider taking a Reckless Painting course. So, I read on….
According to this article, there are four categories of creativity: creative process, creative product, creative person and creative environment. Maybe, for the purposes of Reckless Painting, I should add another category: letting go.
For the majority of my “students”, Reckless Painting sessions have aimed to free-up a creative environment so that shy but under-encouraged creative persons might find a creative process unburdened from the creative product that starts to form in their mind.
Taking it step by step;
- creative environment: Anyone who says to a friend or a partner, “see ya later, I’m heading out to my Reckless Painting class” is on their way to a creative environment. Even before they arrive, that person has scheduled themselves into 2hrs of painting each week. (Or more.) They have allocated precious time to be in a place where …well, most participants arrive without a very clear sense of what they’ve allocated time for! And that letting go, is a wonderful part of the creative environment which we build from.
- creative persons: Each season I open the door for some Reckless Painting without really knowing who will show up. Of course, each participant is there because they would like to either, see more creativity within themselves, or else to re-allocate some time for creativity that has slowly been squeezed out from life, work and relationships. i.e. There is a desire to let go of the day-to-day routine.
- creative process: Each of the Reckless Painting exercises aims to suspend expectation so that participants refrain from trying to think about what comes next. I guess that the session where we paint blindfolded is a good representation of this letting go of the process.
- creative product: There are a few signals to a newcomer that the Reckless Painting classes aren’t about creative products – and that these large sheets of paper and salvaged & flattened cardboard boxes will not end up framed on their living room walls. Even more, with paper stretched across tables, the paintings are a shared process, with a shared result. So, by this time, letting go of the product isn’t really a shock.
Letting go. Maybe that is what I’ve been seeing as a necessary component within the development of Creativity.
Next Reckless Painting course begins Wed. Jan 30th 2013. Are you ready to let go?