or as my boss says “a creative”… I came across an excellent article written by one of my favorite singer songwriters Christine Kane. I am posting part of it here, with her permission, because I cant believe how it sums things up. She has captured the essence of what it is like to be creative and how the process works. I feel like it accurately describes the way I am creative too…

Canine Creativity Class

When I found my dog, she’d been badly abused. I was walking on a gravel road, and she was watching me from a mound of dirt in an old churchyard where she’d been dumped.

She started to follow me.

Each time I turned around, she’d stop dead in her tracks.

When I tried to walk towards her, she’d tuck her tail under her butt and slink away from me.

But when I just continued along my way, she followed me. She eventually got closer and closer. Ultimately she followed me home.

This is how I experience Creativity.

If I try to turn around and catch it, it turns away. Living Creative is not about willing it or grabbing it. In fact, Creativity rarely takes to announcements like, “Today I’m gonna be Creative! I’m gonna write a novel!”

It’s a process. It’s a way of being. And though it can’t be forced, it can be cultivated and allowed. It thrives when you’re already open, and your mind is receptive and quiet. There’s almost a joyful laziness to it.

I really like the last two paragraphs. I never really thought about it but while I am doing my job as a photographer Creativity is something I cant think about or it doesn’t happen. I will start trying to copy things I have seen other do or purposely incorporate things I have done in the past that worked. Ultimately it kills my creativity and the images suffer. It is the times when I am very calm and flowing, thinking about but not analyzing everything, in my shooting that I get the best images. Anyway I thought it was worth sharing. Have a great week!

Performer, songwriter, and creativity consultant Christine Kane publishes her ‘LiveCreative’ weekly ezine with more than 4,000 subscribers. If you want to be the artist of your life and create authentic and lasting success, you can sign up for a FRE*E subscription to LiveCreative at www.christinekane.com.