Everybody is a Potential Genius

Hello Readers,

Creativity is a celebration of one’s grandeur: one’s sense of making anything possible. Creativity is a celebration of life – my celebration of life. It is a bold statement: I am here! I love life! I love me! I can be anything! I can do anything!” so said Joseph Zinker, a therapist, painter, sculptor and poet.

I want to start by emphasising that what’s important in creativity is the very joy derived in the creating rather than the achievement of the result. “It’s more about participating in the wonder of life than the business of creating a picture,” said Artist/Teacher Robert Henri.

As an artist myself, it has been my experience that those pieces I create enthusiastically and with utter joy in the making, are the paintings that immediately capture the eye of the viewer. They can sense the energy in them, regardless of the subject, and the viewer responds to this emotion also, which eventually urges them to purchase the piece.

Yes, skills build confidence and these also appeal to the viewer, but we are all gifted with an inbuilt instinct, namely our Intuition. When we learn to trust our own intuition and go with the flow of what feels right while we play and explore the endless possibilities in Art, and marry them with our learned skills, we then produce original and exciting works.

When it comes to creating a piece of art, there are essentially 5 levels of creativity:

  1. The 1st level is Primitive & Intuitive: This is found in all children and those adults who have not yet trained in Art. These artists create naively, and for the sheer joy of it. Their work appears innocent and sensitive.
  2. The 2nd level is Academic & Technical: The artist learns techniques and skills, developing means to express their creative ideas. The better they master their skills, the stronger their control and influence in the work.
  3. The 3rd level is Invention: The artist here experiments with a variety of different tools and media to see what happens. Inventive artists use skills they learned as a basis but break boundaries to explore and experiment.
  4. The 4th level is Innovation: Here the artist becomes highly original, guided subconsciously by their academic skills. These artists can break boundaries by using ordinary materials out of context in original methods.
  5. The 5th level is Genius: Genius is when certain individual’s ideas and accomplishments in Art & Science defy explanation. Genius is somewhat inexplicable and possibly a level most feel is out of reach. Some argue that one is born with it, but experts debate that it is a combination of extraordinary genetics and one’s immediate environment.
So although we would all like to be considered genius, it still comes down to what we have learned and how we apply our skills. The environment is important to this stimulation, as it is here we have observed through history, when something lacking is created to fulfill a need. The saying, “necessity is the mother of invention,” explains this: that is why Penicillin was discovered for example because in the environment of thousands dying of illness, a cure needed to be found. Even the Internet is such a necessity as we moved into an age of growing and instant communication and there was the need to find an alternative to paper usage, for we had destroyed our ozone by chopping down so many trees.

Therefore, we all have the potential to be genius – but this doesn’t just happen – we have to do something! We have to act! We have to get our creative juices flowing and that comes by starting a project, tackling a task – regardless of the outcome.

So START something today – a sketch, a collage, a painting, write a poem, build a treehouse or whatever gets you excited. And please let me know what you did! I want to interact with you…

Until next time Creativejoyriders , I leave you with Albert Einstein’s words as inspiration: “I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent. Curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance combined with self-criticism have brought me my ideas.”

Albert Einstein
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