It is a Saturday morning following a week of exciting sports events, road trips, and final exams. There has not been a lot of time this fall for creativity for anyone in my family.
My husband, who is a woodworker and crafter of fine furniture, has been using his free time to finish restoring an old Ford Unibody Truck. Time consuming? Yes! Challenging? Yes! Exciting for him? Yes. But, not exactly the creative process that he is used to with his furniture making. He has also been busy cleaning up and organizing his wood shop for winter, so he can pursue some more creative ventures when the snow finally flies (as we know it will).
I’ve been mired down in school work, fall gardening, and keeping everyone organized. Since I retrieved my jewelry from the ArtZ Gallery last week, I’ve been busy listing it on Etsy, where I have a shop offering my handmade creations. After all, if it isn’t listed, it won’t sell. It’s a lot of work to list the items, and sometimes, such as now – I get very far behind with this task. It is not the creativity component, but the one that is necessary to keep my hobby afloat and allows me to further create.
I’m trying to balance the listings (most of the jewelry has not been ever listed in my shop before, so that makes it even more of a task that involves photo editing and writing descriptions for each piece), with creating some new pieces.
Last night, I sat down with some lovely blue beads I had just purchased in the afternoon and nearly completed a double stranded necklace! I had a vision when I saw the beads and felt the need to catch up on the creative end of jewelry making.
My soccer player, after arriving home from the state tournament last night, and after studying this morning for some of his courses, is in our barn working on a custom art order. It’s been nearly impossible for him to do any kind of art this fall. So, now that he’s in between fall and spring sports, I expect him to unleash his creative spirit once again. Right now, he is airbrushing cleats and basketball sneakers. Soon, he’ll be painting another portrait or working on a new flow technique. It is fun to watch what he can produce and he can be prolific when time allows, such as this past summer.
We all have the capacity to be creative beings. I know that I suppressed this capacity in my character for years. No longer! There is an innate need for me to create. I miss my jewelry making and photography when I don’t have a chance to work on them. And, I am able to recognize the burning need to create in our son when he’s be unable to make something for a while.
If you are interested in learning more about creativity and how we all have the capacity to be creative beings, I would highly recommend a book by Csikszentmihalyi, called Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention (1996). He offers a chapter on enhancing one’s personal creativity and it is well worth the read.
Photographs of art work used with Permission. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2018.
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