It is sometimes difficult to hear someone say I am not creative or I have no talent. What do they really mean when they say they are not creative? It leads me to ask: What is creativity?

Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that might be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others. It is also that inner drive or vision of self expansion.

To be creative, I am able to view things from a different perspective. I must have that drive or passion for new possibilities and new alternatives. It is the ability to generate alternatives or to see things uniquely from a different perspective. Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality.

When an artist takes a blank canvas and fills it with colors that are a combination of different form, we think that they are really creative. However we are all creative and this is something we cannot deny. Don’t just think of an artist as being creative because we all are. The thing that you might be thinking is, I am not an artist or I am not good at working my hands etc.

Let us take a look at the facts. What are you good at; what do you feel most comfortable doing? Within yourself you will be able to find at least one area wherein you excel. You just name it and you have it; you are creative in your own way. Creativity comes in all form. You do not have to be an artist to be creative. Some folks are creative cooks, speakers, players etc.

I would urge you to try something new and different. First of all stick with the process whatever it is and you will be amaze at how creative you are. Take small steps to creativity and you will develop creative confidence. Never say I am not creative challenge yourself and you will create something new!


When The Sun Goes Down

I was just faced with the question and I wonder what happens when the sun goes down? This is a question that does not seems to demand a great answer. However looking at this from an artist view-point, what really happens when the sun goes down?

We are all fascinated by the setting sun. We look at it with amazement as we gaze at the colors so rich and vibrant. This is what motivates us to capture that time as we engulf ourselves in the art of painting and the wonders of creation.

A sunset is a burst of color that reflects the sun as it reaches the horizon at the end of the day.  It is the daily disappearance of the Sun below the horizon in the west as a result of Earth’s rotation. It is mystifying but where do these colors come from and how are they reflected in this way!

Sunset creates unique atmospheric conditions such as the often intense mauve, orange and red colors of the Sun and the surrounding sky. The ray path of light from the setting Sun is highly distorted near the horizon because of atmospheric refraction, making the sunset seems to occur when the Sun’s disk is already about one diameter below the horizon.

We become fascinated because it brings a certain solitude that charms us with the impact of the moment knowing that the day is ending. It is a moment of rest we seek from a long day and a reminder of the consciousness of times splendor. It is romantic, soothing and redeeming!

When the sun sets we see love in a different light, we feel the charmed and we feel the intense desire for closeness. That’s how I see it when the sun goes down!