words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

The Silence of Creativity

Towards the love within….


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Where does the impetus for creativity come from? Is it a latent form of suppressed
experiences and / or emotions? When is creativity realized, and how is it manifested into what we call art?

As artists it is hard to imagine a world without art and the forces of creativity that fuel it. It is also at times difficult to understand the sensibilities that emerge from the soul when an idea comes into being i.e. its origin and purpose. Perhaps we can conclude with some ambiguity that creativity is indeed either individualistic, universal, or both—governed by the life one has lived or hope to live.

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“The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates”. … Oscar Wilde 1854-1900

“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge
yourself. If you are unhappy with anything…whatever is bringing you down, get
rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity,
your true self comes out”. … Tina Turner b. 1939

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“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You
imagine what you desire you will what you imagine and at last you create what
you will”. … George Bernard Shaw 1856 – 1950

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“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep”. … Scott Adams b. 1957

Sometimes I see things around me that are in part a glimpse of reality. The many “realities” that surround my life often become vehicles for abstraction through the creative process. They are like a multitude of intersections—full of possibilities. As artists we must always ask the question is this the direction I want to go? Will this convey the message I desire to express? But in the end we can only trust in the mystery of what is and what it means to create art and call oneself an artist.

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The Silence of Creativity and the Creative Journey Within

What are your thoughts? As an artist or writer or master of any creative discipline where do you believe creativity arises from? Please share your ideas and what inspires you to follow your imagination.

6 responses

  1. iltana

    Interesting images! Imagination is absolutely the beginning of creation…

    August 8, 2011 at 9:13 am

    • Thank you iltana, for stopping by and commenting. I really appreciate it. I have another series similiar to this one, that you may be interested in called The Silence of Liberation as well. If you like my work please subscribe, your thoughts are welcome. I will stop by your blog and see what you are up to as well.


      August 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm

  2. I agree with your definition of creativity and would only add that it varies from person to person and shown in many ways… 🙂

    August 11, 2011 at 7:34 am

  3. So true Elizabeth, how did I forget that. Creativity does vary from one person to the next and it is a wonderful mystery.

    Glad to see you back commenting 🙂

    August 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm

  4. My creativity arises from the connection between myself and the world around me, and my desire to do something with that connection. This can take the form of seeing something interesting and wanting to capture it, or participating in a conversation that angers me and needing to write about it, or reading a news story that makes me feel blue and wanting to draw something cheerful.

    August 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    • Hi Lisa, I agree with your sentiments indeed. As artists we strive to make sense of the world around us as well as find ourselves. Sometimes it is a political issue or a lack of justice in the world that captures our attention, or a beautiful moment in time. There is always a need to express our views. It is rewarding, I am sure, that you are able to manifest your creativity in the various disciplines you have stated. Keep the creativity flowing and let us support one another’s efforts.


      August 13, 2011 at 2:07 am

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