How to Be Creative

Art isn’t a painting.

One of the ways I like to be creative is to think about the art that fascinates me. And when I say art, I’m referring to the kind Seth Godin talks about. For quotes on Art by Seth, visit this page — > Seth Godin Art Quotations.

But here’s a quote that I like:

Art is frightening. Art isn’t pretty. Art isn’t painting. Art isn’t something you hang on the wall. Art is what we do when we’re truly alive. An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it (all of it, the work, the process, the feedback from those we seek to connect with) personally.

I look at people whose art I love. Not Art that I like a bit, but Art that I have a strong attraction to, makes me think and wonder and examine for longer. For example, Nick Cannon – his old YouTube videos took my fancy. Chat show host Wendy Williams, poet Charles Bukowski, scriptwriter Harlan Ellison, comedian Kevin Hart and business mogul Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson are all some of the artists who intrigue me.  I examine their work, some more than others and my mind is expanded.

There are particular aspects of their art that I like more than other parts. And I am sure that these aspects intrigue me most because they are similar to sleepy gifts, dormant skills and personality traits that I have but have been too afraid to share.

The Highest Potency of Spirit.

One thing I do not do is copy art. Copying someone’s art isn’t creative, but we can learn from them to develop our own.

In the world of social media, many people mimic the artists they admire; they try to be like them, and unless they can do it better, it will always be just an imitation and barely memorable. The originator, or the one who has perfected their craft and delivers with the highest potency of spirit, will be the preferred artist.

Fear is the reason many people are not creative. They submit to their inner and external critics, which berates them, telling them they are not good enough. They believe the voice in their head that says they are not artists. 

It feels better to wait for someone to choose them and tell them that it is ok. Unfortunately, that rarely happens; you must pick yourself first.

How to Be Creative - Bess Obarotimi

How to be Creative

I study the artists I like, and I ask myself, “What is it about them that is like me?” Then, I take what I see and amplify it. The amplifying part is necessary; otherwise, it won’t grab anyone’s attention. 

Whatever I see is only similar to me. Not the same. It’s different because I am me. But I can use the art of accomplished people to recognise my art. Then with my stamp on it, I create something new, which is usually a combination of all the little aspects I like. That’s the way I learnt how to be creative.

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