23 Feb Isabelle Lafrance chats about creativity
If you’ve been here for any length of time, you’ve no doubt seen me mention the generous and talented Isabelle Lafrance. I am SO pleased that she is joining in the celebration here this week! I asked Isabelle to chat about her thoughts on creativity, and this is what she had to say …
Okay, so I was asked to write a post about Creativity and though it should be an easy one, it’s actually quite complex. I feel like everyone’s creativity is fueled in different ways, so my perspective can only be a personal one.
I do not believe in creativity as something magical. It is a process that needs nurturing, discipline and a lot of hard work. Talk to the persons that did a 365, their daily photos were the result of discipline, yet somehow managed to be so creative at the same time. The brain needs to be fed in order to be creative. You can be creative while riding the bus or watching tv, music will bring something up, an image you find beautifully composed will urge you to try something. Anything, as long as you keep going at it. I find myself the most stumped when I’ve been neglecting to work on a project, when I’ve been procrastinating. The brain gets rusty.
One of the hardest things about being creative is finding your own style of expression. Do not create something because you’ve seen so many others doing it, because it’s “trendy”. What you create may look similar to what you’ve seen but it has to reflect who you truly are, and sometimes who you truly are may be quite inspired by what others are as well. We’re all different and all similar at the same time, there’s a thin line between being creative and being almost a copycat, but you will feel the difference.
As long as you find joy in what you create, as long as you are not just looking for approbation or success and that you remain who you are at all times, you will keep the creative spark alive. Keep playing, have fun, live life to it’s fullest, just like you did as a child, take some risks. Do not expect perfection, wish for spontaneity. Experiment, try not to see the process as it’s final result but instead as many different creative steps.
Make creativity a conscious decision. Be open to it and it will come to you, naturally.
Isabelle must have the right idea because she is one creative lady. From photography, to photoshop actions and lightroom presets, gorgeous textures and her most recent endeavor, logo design, Isabelle’s creativity knows no bounds.
For one lucky focus 52’r who joins in the link up here this weekend, Isabelle is generously offering her newest release, Soul Glow Light Layers. To be eligible for the giveaway, you must be a member of focus52 (join anytime!), your link must follow the normal focus52 guidelines, and you can only link up once. One lucky winner for this giveaway will be determined next Tuesday, via random.org.
Note that, as always, you do not need to follow this week’s word prompt to be eligible to win.
But it IS my birthday and all ;)
Many, many thanks to Isabelle! It’s been such a pleasure having you here :)