Because I do my work in the gallery and I am here allot, I often hear the phrase "These people are so creative and I'm not". I'm always a bit surprised when I hear this. I think we are all creative in our own distinct ways. Humans since the beginning have 'made' things, produced art and expressed themselves in many different ways. Personally, I believe we are all creative in our own way.
My mother was a quilter. I have watched her piece together materials and arrange the colors and shapes to make a great quilt. Yet if asked, she would have said "I'm not very creative". Personally, I'm not much of a cook, but I've watched people 'create' great meals. So, we are all creative, just our way of expressing it is very different and unique to 'us'. My brother can tear a car apart and put it back together, and I think that requires some creativity.
If you watch or have children, it's always amazing to see their ability to create in any medium, using whatever is at hand to do it. Drawings in the dirt are just as important and acceptable as spur of the moment theater under a shade tree. I read once that we are all extremely creative as children until we are taught not to be, an interesting idea.
So today, go out, create something, explore how you express your inner artist and enjoy the great human ability to assemble something beautiful.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery