What Makes Artists Different: Wired to Create, by Wendy DeRaud

We artists can be loners.


We are sometimes a bit weird, and don't always fit in with the crowd. That can be a necessity at times, when it comes to creation. But it can cause difficulties too.


Artists have a reputation. I'm sure you've noticed.


Otto, the draped mannequin and model for Mark's mural 





Flakey. Absent-minded. Flighty. Easily-distracted. ADHD. Angry outbursts.


You've seen those lists on Facebook, what I've learned to be click-bait, the 10 signs of creative genius.


Phew, what a relief knowing that my messiness and forgetfulness is really a sign of genius!


Right now I'm reading a book that I think you would really like, Wired to Create, Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, by Scott Barry Kaufman & Carolyn Gregoire. It goes through a list of Ten Things Highly Creative People Do Differently. https://www.amazon.com/Wired-Create-Unraveling-Mysteries-Creative/dp/0399175660



While you may or may not consider yourself to be highly creative, in the same class as Van Gogh, Picasso, Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Super Mario Bros video games, or Steve Jobs, it's interesting and helpful to understand what neuroscience is discovering about the fascinating way our brains work, mostly so we can feel better about ourselves and encourage those qualities in our brain that can enhance our creativity. That's always a good thing.


So my next few blog posts will be discussing some of these 10 qualities we may find in ourselves:

  1. Imaginative Play
  2. Passion
  3. Daydreaming
  4. Solitude
  5. Intuition
  6. Openness to Experience
  7. Mindfulness
  8. Sensitivity
  9. Turning Adversity into Advantage
  10. Thinking Differently


I am probably going to be touching on some of the reasons I think the church and the culture at large has inadvertently tried to discourage and hinder these qualities in artists, and how we can push through the barriers around us in order to be who we were meant to be, becoming our best creative selves.



Next Week -  What Makes Artists Different: Messy Minds