On Watercolor Messes
I've been reflecting on what it means to form artistic habits that cultivate creativity.
I want to create good art, to have projects that challenge me, and to be proud of my work. But I am not there yet, because I am out of practice.
When I am out of practice, I lack the foresight to see a project through from beginning to end and the patience to see it through.
I cannot just "be artistic". I want true art to be the end goal of my work, but, in order to get there, I need to dabble in something else first.
I think for me, that thing is creativity.
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." / Scott Adams/
Having an hour to splash paint around and experiment with color brings out my creativity. What is produced in the end is not true art, but it is creative, and it is self expressive. It allows me "get warmed up".
As a teacher, I believe that the best way to introduce mathematics to children and to then help them love and grow in math is to let them play with numbers. I want to give them the freedom to not be tied down to a specific algorithm or formula, but to use their hands and eyes to have fun with tiles and dice and blocks.
I'm learning to love playing with color. Playing with form and strokes and mixtures.
Yes, maybe it's childlike. But it's creative play. As Maya Angelou said, "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."