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Being Creative Through the Silly Season

My festive season tends to be quite hectic, balancing work, family and general year-end celebrations. Even on holiday, we tend to rush around, but fortunately the ‘Silly Season’ gives us a bit of license to experiment creatively in a spirit of goodwill. And if you’re looking for a good creative gift, I’ve also included a list of inspiring books to bump up your Christmas wishlist…

Creative Quotes
Never ask whether you can do something. Say instead that you are going to do it, then fasten your seat belt – Julia Cameron, Author and International Creativity Coach

Life is “trying things to see if they work.” – Ray Bradbury, Novelist

Being Creative Through the Silly Season
We are increasingly beginning to value the truly authentic feel of handmade items over commercial, and appreciating the imperfections that tell us an item is indeed hand crafted – an indication that we are sharing in each others’ creative journeys. But we often struggle to find opportunities where we feel comfortable “risking” a result that isn’t of the highest quality.

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, or are spending this time with a group, alone, or away from home, the year-end festivities give us an abundance of opportunities to put our creative intentions into practice – it’s one time when pretty much anyone can find a place to try out something new.

Creative Activities
Here are some ideas to get you going…

· Drawing & Collage: Handmade cards and decorations provide lots of opportunity to experiment; or frame your work as a gift for a friend…
· Photography: Play with portraits of family and friends, try out innovative subject matter themes, and document your holiday story.
· Cooking: Cooking, baking, savoury and sweet, this is a great foodie time to experiment with recipes.
· Music: Drag out your guitar, sing along or dance your appreciation.
· Writing: communicate your festive wishes in your own words – I have a friend who writes all but an essay in her handmade cards (fronted with her 2½ yr old daughter’s paintings), making each card not only beautiful, but a truly personal and memorable message.
· Events: take in a play, some live music or an art exhibition, and soak in the creative vibe J

Wishing everyone an adventurous silly season… whatever happens, you can always blame it on the festive spirit J

Gift Ideas – 6 Great Creativity Books

Whether you’re treating yourself or a friend, if you’re looking for a good creative gift, here are some of the books that I have found inspiring in focusing and developing creativity and originality:

The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron 1992 – A timeless classic, now republished in workbook format
The Vein of Gold – Julia Cameron 1996 – An excellent follow-on from The Artist’s Way
Keys to Drawing with Imagination – Bert Dodson 2007 – Brilliant ideas for bringing imagination to drawing
The New Creative Artist – Nita Leland 2006 – Experiments with themes in paint and drawing media
The 10 Faces of Innovation – Tom Kelly 2006 – Excellent introduction to recognizing and developing innovation in a business environment
Purple Cow – Seth Godin 2002 Marketing focused book on finding your distinctive, “remarkable” identity