When was the last time you painted?

[caption id="attachment_751" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="San Francisco based Artist & CEO"]San Francisco based Artist & CEO[/caption] It’s not just us artists who are able to access creativity.  Anyone who desires to express him or herself can find their medium of expression. Many people say to me that they envy my creative talent and that they wish they too were creative.  I appreciate their comments but I wish that they knew that they too could access creativity. It’s my experience that we are often placed in one of two buckets.  The right brain, creatives, and left-brain, linear or logical thinkers. In reality, very few of us can be stuffed neatly into either bucket.  I consider myself a very right brain left brain kind of gal. I think our educational system issues these labels based on what we study.  The label is arbitrary yet it sticks and it forms our adult identity. Many have just lost or abandoned their creative interests.  And I think that’s why my collaborative painting events are so popular. Collaborative paintings are hosted at exclusive luxury venues with people who, for the most part, meet all the conventional definitions of success.  When I ask, “When was the last time you painted?” I often hear “kindergarten.”  Sad really.  Because they've waited so long to express themselves. These are confident folks are often initially rather intimidated and they remark, “I don’t want to ruin the painting.” As they trust themselves they transform and say “this is so much fun.” Anyone can access his or her creativity, it’s just a matter of doing it. Just try to flip your creative switch.  It could be writing, cooking, sewing, building a tree house, or decorating. The reason that writers, painters, and actors pursue their craft, against many odds, is because there is such satisfaction in creating.  What will you create?
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