Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June 8th Creativity Boot Camp Day Three - Buzz Kill....

Journal Prompts: Now it’s your turn. Name some of your biggest creative buzz kills, including a person or two, and disarm them! ....For example: A classic creative buzz kill is thinking that you just don’t have the talent that other people have. But the truth is that most people are born with a drive that they work on and perfect which then becomes a talent. For proof of this, try to dig around online and view some of your favorite artist’s early work. Everyone starts somewhere…and for most of us, it’s at the bottom.

As I mentioned yesterday I have always felt that need to create. From knitting, crocheting, drawing, building, photography, scrapbooking to whatever moves me. I love to write and I am not always the best at it, but I get my thoughts down and move forward from there. But having a "creative buzz kill" really bites.

In our society today I see that it is not one person, place or thing that can bring us down, but more like a whole group or "society" that can bring us down or back down to the start of our creative places. But I am always reminded of a great song by Harry Chapin that details the stiffleing of a child’s creativity:

Flowers Are Red

The little boy went first day of school
He got some crayons and started to draw
He put colors all over the paper
For colors was what he saw
And the teacher said.. What you doin' young man
I'm paintin' flowers he said
She said... It's not the time for art young man
And anyway flowers are green and red

There's a time for everything young man
And a way it should be done
You've got to show concern for everyone else
For you're not the only one

And she said...
Flowers are red young man, Green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen

But the little boy said...
There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower and I see every one
Well the teacher said.. You're sassy
There's ways that things should be
And you'll paint flowers the way they are
So repeat after me.....

And she said...
Flowers are red young man
Green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen
But the little boy said...
There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower and I see every one
The teacher put him in a corner
She said.. It's for your own good..
And you won't come out 'til you get it right
And all responding like you should
Well finally he got lonely
Frightened thoughts filled his head
And he went up to the teacher
And this is what he said.. and he said

Flowers are red, green leaves are green
There's no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen
Time went by like it always does
And they moved to another town
And the little boy went to another school
And this is what he found
The teacher there was smilin'
She said...Painting should be fun
And there are so many colors in a flower
So let's use every one
But that little boy painted flowers
In neat rows of green and red
And when the teacher asked him why
This is what he said.. and he said
Flowers are red, green leaves are green
there's no need to see flowers any other way
Than the way they always have been seen

This Song has always helped me see things from the child’s eye and allows me to help my children to be creative and open about their creations.  So if approached by a person that wants to rain on my parade, what can I do? FORGETABOUTIT! Be who you are when you are and whenever you wanna tobe! Who are you being creative for? You or THEM? Make a choice and then deal with it! Disarm my buzzkills? Well I do not disarm, I like to plant one right on their lips and make them see that creativity is "in the eyes of the beholder"! Lame quote but true!

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