A Zebra's Thoughts on Creativity

Updated: Sep 5



As a retired scientist who has morphed into a creative person, I have a fairly open view on #creativity. Science to artistic pursuits is not an unusual transition, I suspect that piles of very serious papers have been written on the subject of the similarity of the relevant neurological pathways and other very learned subjects. Other claims to artistic knowledge stem from my exposure to all things artistic as a child and unexpectedly becoming the "Gallerista" owning and directing a series of galleries in Canada, Mexico and the US. The last has certainly given me a very intimate view of artists and artisans. Oh My, now that will be the controversial subject of many future discussions!

But back to the more gentle subject of my childhood artistic influences, my beloved Mother appeared to effortlessly create magnificent floral displays, often reading a book or conducting several conversations at the same time. She would have been beautifully dressed and bejeweled, hair-do immaculate and never got messy. Come to think of it she created a huge and gorgeous garden from scratch in the same garb, her only concession being wearing a pair of gardening gloves. We lived in a home surrounded by beautiful things, nothing was off limits, we grew up eating at a dining table from beautiful china, glassware and silver and handling exquisite things as a matter or course. Actually I have fond memories of my nanny admonishing me for digging in my sandbox using a huge solid silver serving spoon. It worked really well, I have no idea why she thought it was a problem!

From around 3 years of age, hand drawing and painting one's own Christmas cards and gift tags was considered de rigueur, it was simply expected and considered normal. I could read, write, draw and paint pretty well by that time, having been very indulged by an entire herd of adoring Grandparents and Great Aunts and Uncles, but I wasn't very good with scissors. Having given myself an interesting hair-cut a tad earlier I think scissors were pretty much absent from my art box.

However, now you that you have a whiff of my thought process, look forward to discussions on what I think are interesting subjects, things like "are all artists really crazy?" to "artist v artisan and all the bits in between" and many other fun things!

If you like what you have read so far, post a comment, I'd love to hear from you:)

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