“Creativity is intelligence having fun” Albert Einstein
“Giant bubbles at sunset” was photographed in Tompkins Square Park, in the East Village of New York City.
Have you ever seen a group of kindergarten age children at play? The constant new ideas, the number of ways they can take the same thing and make it even more fun is inspiring and even a bit crazy. How and why do those abilities fade? Life becomes predictable, demanding and more about fitting in. That same kid who could take a Lego set and make it into a tweeting chicken can’t even come up with a theme for his English paper.
How can we reach back to that childhood time and take with us a little slice of that rich and inspiring energy? If you want to connect with your own creativity, start out by patronizing someone who is actively working with theirs. Support an artist or craftspersons who is making beautiful work.
There is a man in my neighbourhood called Jim Power who creates mosaic designs on the street lights of the East Village. He uses mosaics to tell a story about the neighbourhood with the names of the businesses, the famous artists and highlights all created from broken pieces of cups and plates. He is out working in all kinds of weather. Whenever I see him I donate a dollar and tell him how much I love his work. When I see one of his lampposts with a brilliant design I feel happy that I was helping him to make that work, even in a tiny way.