Friday, August 13, 2010

Meanwhile, Creativity Lives!


In case you didn't catch the story about eight-year-old Kieron Williamson, who is dazzling England (his home country) and the rest of the world with his Monet-like paintings, here's the link--proof positive that creativity is alive and well, at least in this little boy! The loveliest aspect of Kieron's story is his parents' concern about keeping his life as normal as possible. They don't want to deny his talent, but neither do they want to see him exploited. Sounds like Kieron is blessed to be in that ideal environment for nurturing creativity: a strong, stable home with supportive parents, access to plenty of tools and supplies to enable his artistic interest, and a good balance of encouragement for his painting but also for other activities.

The truth is, most of us are creative beings if given the opportunity. Our talent may not manifest itself at such an early age as Kieron's has--Grandma Moses was almost eighty when she first picked up a paintbrush--but it's probably there, just waiting for a nudge. In these last few days before school starts, why not take your mind off this ridiculous, energy-sapping heat by launching a "Creativity Camp" at your house? Ask each family member to pick something creative they'd like to do, or come up with a group activity. Gather the necessary tools, declare a temporary moratorium on chores, and let those creative juices flow!
Remember that creativity does not have to be expensive; in fact, brainstorming to come up with alternative, inexpensive supplies could be your most creative act! I remember one summer when my sons occupied themselves for days building a tee-pee in their grandmother's back yard out of fallen sticks and branches and weeds. They had a blast and were justifiably proud of a very fine-looking --and even functional!--structure.
Even if there's just one of you at your house, give yourself permission this weekend to indulge your inner painter, writer, musician, gardener, builder, seamstress, chef, actress, sculptor, filmmaker, photographer, carpenter...you get the picture. Take Kieron Williamson's advice-- "Never give up. Try and keep your buildings straight. And don't do a plain blue sky" --and you might discover a side of yourself you never knew existed!

Photo of Kieron Williamson and his painting are copyrighted by Albanpix.

2 comments:

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Jayne,
This is a wonderful story about this boy. I'm so glad he's expressing his creativity.

Speaking of creativity, a lot of creativity sure was brought out by our outstanding instructor, Jayne, at the John C. Campbell Folk School this week. What a fantastic writing class. I sure enjoyed it and so glad I had the chance to study under you.

We had such talented folks in our class. I'm so glad I got to meet all of them. I sure enjoyed their work.

Thanks for giving us a wonderful, inspiring week and bringing out creativity in us at the Folk School.

I read your poetry book today and loved it. I could not put it down until I read the entire book. Great poetry!!!

Jayne Jaudon Ferrer said...

Thanks, Brenda; I'm glad you enjoyed the class AND the book--wish you had been able to spend more time with us. It was a pleasure to meet your mother and have her join us for the reading.