How to keep your creative soul

Keith Richards Acrylic on Canvas

Keith Richards acrylic on canvas

Here is my finished painting of Keith Richards. There are few things that make me happier than splashing paint around on a giant canvas. With a paintbrush in hand I am restricted by nothing other than my imagination. I wanted Keith to have a head scarf and scarf and a turquoise background and that is what he has. (I have just finished a cosmic, Bob Marley; draped in tie dye colours  and surrounded by moons- up soon).

Keith’s wit and wisdom never fails to inspire me, he is man who has lived a life on the edge and blessed with a career that has allowed him a level of freedom of expression that us mere mortals could only dream of. I am a huge stones fan anyway- and adore the 60s and 70s, I mean- what a time have been alive!  I went to see them in concert in 2008 and feel so privileged I got the chance to do so. This is my tribute to the great man. A 5 foot canvas that takes pride of place in our font room. Well…why not?

Keith Richards Acrylic on Canvas Painting

Education and creativity

I  can’t get no satisfaction ‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try

On finishing my paining,  I felt in a reflective mood.

In school we are told are all told we should be a certain way, become a certain someone. This could only be achieved by maintaining a focus on science and mathematics. And so, uninspired by my art class, and a teacher who did nothing to cultivate creative energies, I gave up  painting soon after my A levels.

It is a shame that subjects like art, drama and perhaps even music itself are seen as secondary to the academic subjects. By pursuing them students are restricting their career choices, and sadly this means many students end up in a career that doesn’t make the most of their natural abilities. This is part of a bigger debate, but If creativity is the key to education why don’t schools really embed it?  I am so pleased I have re- discovered my painting, but makes me sad I lost out on years of joy from it. For the record I am happy in my career choice and see painting as a hobby, but I often think – what if my education had squeezed the urge to create out of me for good?

Spend more time doing what you love

A painter’s got a canvas. The writer’s got reams of empty paper. A musician has silence.- Keith Richards

Regardless of whether you like to pick up a paintbrush or not, I am a firm believer that creativity lies in everyone and we should encourage ourselves in our own way to break free of our own creative ruts.

This may be by finding inspiration in everyday things, following fashion, starting a blog, crafting, writing or music, find an outlet where you can be you channel your thoughts and visions, without restriction. Because one day you might look back and wonder- I wish I had spend more time doing what I love.



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