I can’t do that. I’m not talented enough. If only I was…
As a child you didn’t bring logic into your creative pursuits. You simply played. As responsibility and the governance of life grew, you forgot how to wonder and believe in magic. You were taught by teachers logical thinking, by family proper behavior and your peers how to fit in. Creative thinking was wrong, foolish, and just plain silly.
Although I had never actually seen a professional production, I created lavish theatrical shows as a child. My family garage became the theater. A rolling chock board transformed with paper and crayons into a backdrop. Toys from the playroom toy box were the props and my parents closets served as the costume shop. I wrote fantastical stories and cast the rag tag neighborhood gang. I even created beautiful programs from old construction paper and sold ten cent lemonade at intermission. These shows weren’t logical. They probably didn’t even make sense, but I was unafraid. I believed in possibility.
In Sussical, the Musical, the character of young Jo Jo’s imagination creates a world of beauty in the pool of his bathtub. He builds a land far greater than anyone has ever known. He simply believes anything is feasible. In Cinderella, the title character trusts that a pumpkin can transform into a carriage, and mice her footman. She accepts this solution which allows her to attend the glorious ball.
To be a brilliant artist you must let go of “should” and “must” and expand beyond what the logical mind can fathom. Can you allow yourself to be like Cinderella, Jo Jo and Little Nick?
Exercise: Cut out pictures of items you love from magazines and newspapers and paste them on to a hard cardboard surface. Try a unique flower, an amazing animal, the Rocky Mountains, a tropical island, or anything that inspires you. Perhaps it takes you to a place you’ve never been. Display the creation in a highly visible space and return to it daily. Call on it for expansive guidance.
Exercise: Keep a dream journal. Each morning immediately after you wake, write down your dreams. They become harder to remember later in the day, so straight away is best. Choose one of those dreams and write a poem or story or create an art piece based on the dream. Don’t edit yourself. Allow it to be as fantastical, zany and as nonsensical as your dream.