Creative time has become a natural part of my daily routine. I probably take this for granted. When I taught a class this past week to a group of students, it reminded me of the value of this instinctual exercise and how creative time is important for everyone to practice.
For me, hours disappear when I am in the studio. I get caught up in the clay process so ideas flow and the natural stresses and strains of daily life melt away. The relaxed atmosphere helps me problem solve a unique clay problem and often translates to challenges I encounter outside the studio.
I’ve read about the resurgence and popularity of ‘adult coloring books’ lately. There are all kinds of theories about why and what this means. I think it shows the universal importance of art and creativity for everyone. Creative time develops personal expression; it gives the brain time to reboot; it provides meditative qualities helping a person live in the present moment; it allows time to think, time to forget and time to remember.
Creativity is personal and can be expressed in limitless ways. Writing, knitting, playing music, singing, woodworking, puzzle assembly and yes -- filling in a coloring page, are all ways to access imagination. There is no right or wrong way here and you don't even have to stay 'within the lines' to let creativity flow. Make time to create.