7 Creative practices based on quotes by Martin Luther King Jr.

While Martin Luther King Jr. seemed like a political figure, really—he was not. He was a pastor. All his quotes and speeches were based on what he had learned from God. When I ponder that, I think, what creative mentor could be more creative than God?

1. Take the first step:

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

No creative person has ever seen the whole ‘staircase’ before starting a project. Creatives are just regular people taking one step at a time until brilliance happens. Don’t be afraid to take that first step.

2. Hope trumps disappointment:

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Creative people accept failure. We get up and try again. Hope drives one further. Hope gives energy, where disappointment does not.

3. Lack of passion equals a silent creative:

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

What are you passionate about? What matters? Your creativeness should be fueled by what matters to you, to your family, to your friends, to your community and beyond. Don’t be silent. Use your creativity to affect the world around you.

4. Don’t wait for consensus to tell you your creativity matters.

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Use your abilities to shape the world. Meditate on how you can make the world a better place. Creativity is a gift that should be shared and there are many ways to share it. Find your way.

5. Don’t be selfish:

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

As a creative person, we can sometimes hide our art (or ideas) in a closet. Be bold. Share. Let your light shine and those that receive, will be blessed. The rest does not matter.”

6. Make time:

“The time is always right to do what is right.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

If you are creative, you need to make time to produce. Schedule time for yourself to take a walk, ponder, daydream, paint, create. The time is always right, yet if you don’t take the time, you will not produce.

7. Share with others:

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Out of all these quotes, I believe, this is the most important. If you are creative then you MUST share your gift with others. Seven is a special number. Number seven represents perfection and completion. Perfect and complete; who does not want that? I have found that the one thing that makes me feel perfect and complete (in addition to God) is to serve others. Wow, how simple, If you have a gift, please share it.

Creativity can be expressed in many ways. For me generally people see my art as my creative outlet, but really, serving others is my creative outlet. It may be through teaching art or cleaning toilets. Both serve people. A listening ear is another way to serve others. Find your way. As Martin Luther King Jr. said: Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” Make sharing your talents persistent and urgent and I believe you will find creative fulfilment.
Holly Herick: Creative Adventures

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7 Creative Quotes and Practices: Inspired by Thomas A. Edison

When I think of creativity, I love to think of Thomas A. Edison. He was quite possibly, the most creative person who ever lived—and no—he was not an artist.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

Thomas A. Edison

 

Many people are afraid of creativity—thinking of it as a special gift, given at birth to only a few. I believe there are ways to exercise your creativity. Here is my list of seven creative quotes and practices inspired by Thomas A. Edison.

 

1. Never Stop Learning.

Combine your current knowledge with new creative ideas. Pretty much anything you want to learn, you can find on the internet for free these days.

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.”

Thomas A. Edison

 

Kinda cool how he made up a word there
“Stick-to-itiveness.” I gotta love that about Tom.

 

2. Be Curious.

Have you ever heard of Google? I thought so—If you want an answer, go find it. But  be sure to check multiple sources. Not everything you read is factual and there are many ways to go about doing things. Find what works for you.

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”

Thomas A. Edison

3. Trust Your Ideas.

You may be one step away from success.

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Thomas A. Edison

4. Find Creative Friends.

Creative friends will support your crazy ideas and want to do creative activities with you. My friends are happy to listen to my creative adventures. They are also willing to help implement them.

“I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.”

Thomas A. Edison

 

5. Don’t Worry About Other’s Opinions.

If you spend time thinking about what everyone else thinks, you may drive yourself crazy. People will be happy to agree with you. Why? Because if you do whatever you want and fail over and over, people might think you are strange, but you just might create the new light bulb.

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

Thomas A. Edison

 

6. Take a Nature/Photo Walk.

Get outdoors or even just out of your office. I enjoy carrying a camera along to take photos of sidewalk cracks, trees, bark, flowers, clouds etc. Get close up, enjoy things from a different perspective.

“I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”

Thomas A. Edison

 

7. Schedule Creative Time.

Shut off the computer, the cell phone, and the TV. You may leave on your radio. I believe listening to music while working is the only distration that can improve creativity. Schedule time in the studio to create, to write, or practice your creative skills.

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

Thomas A. Edison

 

So there you have it. Thomas A. Edison, one the most inspiring creative people I have ever studied—It would have been fun to know him.

What do you think? Who inspires you?

Sincerely,

Holly Herick: Creative Adventures

 

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I am Super-De-Duper excited about my latest Creative Adventure!

I am in the process of putting together a new Business Plan and I am super excited.

“Every artist is an ENTREPRENEUR and every entrepreneur is an ARTIST.” – Dr. ‘E’ (Dr. Elliot McGucken). It is true, both entrepreneur and artist create. With that being said, I cannot help but start a new business adventure. If you have been following my blog for any time now, you know that I value creativity and that helping people of all abilities create art is a passion of mine. How it all unfolds is in the works. If any of this sounds interesting to you then sign up and be the first to know when my new business launches.   P.S. there will be some free art goodies once I get whole thing rolling.

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Blocking or Unlocking Your Creativity

Blocking or Unlocking Your Creativity:

Block It:

No. 1. Fear of Failure: What if you fail; then what? If you make a mistake, don’t crawl into a hole, learn from it.

No. 2. Fear of Success: What if you could not fail; then what? What if your wildest dreams come true, are you ready to handle it? Remember, No fear?

No. 3. Self Doubt: What story do you tell your self over and over? Is that story reality, or is it a “story” your play over and over in your brain. You may be limiting your own creativity.

No. 4. Too Much on Your Plate: What is more important to you than your creativity? Do you keep yourself busy in order to avoid creative time?

No. 5. Unwillingness to Change: Are you set in your ways, maybe even lazy? Are you willing to move ahead, take the next steps?

Unlock It:

No. 1. Schedule time to create things: Nothing will happen if you do nothing.  Even 15 minutes a day, maybe even two or four hours will make a difference. Schedule it.

No. 2. Set a weekly and monthly goal: Plan ahead with one step goals and long  term goals. What can you do this week? What is attainable in a month?

No. 3. Find an accountability partner: Someone you can relate to will keep you accountable to your goals. You will learn from holding them accountable  to their goals also. It is hard to avoid your goals when your friend  is questioning you about what you accomplished this week.

No. 4. Turn off the TV and turn on the radio. Maybe even dance a little. Enough said.

No. 5. Take a walk: Do you know how your brain reacts to physical activity?  Its like your brain is on drugs. Amp it up with a walk. (or dance)

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Are you a “Scanner” or a “Diver”?

Scanner vs. Diver as referred to by Barbara Sher in “Refuse to Choose”

I had a lightbulb moment today while reading “Refuse to Choose”—I am a Scanner. What is a Scanner you may ask. Well, in order to fully understand you may need to read the book, but I will try to explain.

In our American culture since about 1950, Divers have been valued, Scanners, not so much. (Long story—read the book). Scanners are people who love to learn anything and everything all at once; they find it hard to commit to a specialty. Divers are those that easily commit to a subject and specialize in it, they are the experts in their field.

It is okay to be a Scanner—despite what our culture tells us. I would rather be Scanner of the world than a Diver of one thing. The pressure starts early with, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and “What are you going to major in?” Nobody asks, “Do you want to keep studying your whole life, looking for new opportunities and ideas, inventing things and creating the future?” Even the comment, “Find what you love and make a living at it”—is still asking you to focus on something.

Many Scanners are very creative, example, Leonardo da Vinci. Inventors are often Scanners, example, Ben Franklin. Scanners were never questioned in the past. People were free to discover many things and not criticized for it. Scanners were valued and they will be again in the future. Most entrepreneurs are also Scanners. What would our world be without all the dreamers?

So, now I know why my creative life is so scattered and my blog is about EVERYTHING creative. It is an adventure, a Creative Adventure! I am a Scanner.

Giving credit where credit is due: “Refuse to Choose” by Barbara Sher.

Are you a Scanner? Are you a Diver? Comment below.

Sculpted Paper Watercolor Flower: An Art Lesson #2

A close up:

© Holly Herick Design

© Holly Herick Design

Full watercolor painted flower—pen used for scale.

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© Holly Herick Design

Even our cat Squeaky liked it.

© Holly Herick Design

© Holly Herick Design

One more full size image of the flower.

© Holly Herick Design
© Holly Herick Design

My sculpted paper flower is more than 12 inches across. Check out the process of making this flower in my previous post. I will definitely make more of these. It was a fun process with much guess-work this time around—taking me three full days to cut, shape and build the flower. I used a bit too much watercolor paint so it took a full day for all the layers to dry. After touch up paint, a day later, I felt like it was done. I am going to show this piece on a pedestal at the Studio at Living Opportunities this March 2014 for a month. I am curious to see how it is received. If you would like to see my sculpted paper watercolor flower in person, stop by 32 South Central, Medford, Oregon on March 14, starting a 5:00. There will be a reception and some great art by artists of the Rogue Valley mixed with artist of the Studio at Living Opportunities. I hope to see you there.

ART SUPPLIES: STRATHMORE® 140 LB. COLD PRESS WATERCOLOR PAPER AND DR. PH. MARTIN’S HYDRUS FINE ART WATERCOLORS FROM DICKBLICK.COM.

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