Cross-Creativity: To dance in order to make great art by Carol Clouse
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If you want to write better, try painting a picture. I don’t mean paint the scene with expressive words, I mean get out the brushes and literally splash some color on a canvas. Dance, paint, or play the piano. Create a new recipe or make some music. Do anything other than the media in which you are accustomed to working within.
In my college days I did a lot of oil painting. I then set that medium aside for many assorted other art aspirations, for many years. Time was spent spinning clay for cups, working in watercolors, and sketching architectural angles for building consideration. Yet somehow I managed to improve in oil painting without ever getting out the turpentine. I play the drums, I dance, and I do leather work, and somehow my writing improves.
A palette can hold an array of colorful pigments or colorful words. The medium might be sounds, smells, or body movement, but it is all an orchestration of frequency and time: movement and matter. Light frequencies and sound frequencies are interpreted by our eyes and ears as colors and notes. Rhythms dance in our hearts and tastes dance on our tongues. It is our individual expression of how we put all the “colors” together that results in artistic creation.
Creativity is an opening. It is an expansion and expression of the light that is ‘you’ waiting to shine. The more relaxed and comfortable you become with your creative energy, the more easily it releases in an unencumbered expression of the best of you. Athletes know well that a state of relaxation, relates to a peak performance.
If you’re feeling stuck or stagnant in your craft, then perhaps try stepping away and doing something completely different. If you’re a musician, try gardening. If you’re a gardener try writing. If you’re a writer try painting. If you’re a painter, try … dancing. You get the idea.
Step out of your comfort zone and explore all the possibilities!