Creativity is a state of mind. This message ties into every post, every lesson, every activity related to The Artist's Kayak. As I learned it from my teachers (in my day, referred to as the spirit of inquiry at the University of Oregon), the matter at hand - is to foster a set of values, attitudes, and beliefs - a school of thought - that can generate revolutionary thinking, true invention, and a renewed perspective of age old questions and ideas. Creativity is a state of mind but it certainly can be taught.
Albert Einstein has been quoted as follows: “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Einstein said it. But we practice it. We model it. We live it. It is our enthusiasm for asking and pursing questions and the counterpart excitement of discovering something unexpected - this is the underpinning and framework of all transformative learning and the stimulus of imagination.
What really is valuable about The Artist's Kayak? It is valuable when we come away from it with a revitalized sense of curiosity and motivation for our projects and for our creative life. How can we expect others to look upon our efforts with enthusiasm if we are not enthusiastic ourselves?
For us, there should be no self doubt or self rejection. We should be at peace with ourselves and what we do. We should love our work, our community of artist friends, and ourselves. Our work should be this very human experience in growth, learning, and building momentum in practicing and knowing what is fullfilling to our soul and what connects us to this life. We need to appreciate our breakthroughs no matter how small. We need to have greater confidence that we will discover and adopt a myriad of tools and ideas that help us push to the next level of personal growth and accomplishment.
We should never doubt our resourcefulness to rekindle our creative spirit for our questions, our projects, and our connection to life.
The Artist's Kayak