Whether you realize this or not, you can be creative.
It’s been a while since I published a new post here on I Am My Imagination.
Life has kept me busy with a variety of different projects, plus, this website was in the process of being redesigned.
If you’re a returning visitor, you can see the changes – and I hope you love them as much as I do.
While this was happening, I’ve been busy designing t-shirts, mugs and other tops. It’s a project I started a few months ago and I’ve been having fun with it.
The funny thing is, I have no prior experience with design or graphic art.
My first (and only) year in community college involved my intent to earn my AA in graphic and commercial art, but I didn’t finish because I couldn’t envision myself making a decent living as an artist. From my perspective, you had to know the right people, rather than simply be talented and capable.
The world of freelancing back then was limited compared to how things are these days. We now have an abundance of tools available at our fingertips since we’re all online. Being self-taught is a lot easier now, and sharing our work and creating opportunities to do something with what we’ve created has a lot more promise.
So with this, I wanted to write something to inspire and encourage YOU to reach within and find your inner-artist, regardless of how you express it.
Maybe you aren’t artistically inclined enough to paint, draw or design websites, but perhaps you have a gift with nature, enjoy taking photographs, writing, speaking – whatever.
Anything can be a form of art – and this includes problem solving.
From my perspective, solutions exist in the imagination. It takes a creative approach to see something that isn’t already in the physical realm. It’s our ability and desire to express into life that doesn’t exist yet that brings about world change.
So, since I’ve already written about creativity being a tool for personal development and inner-peace in this post, today, I’d rather focus on some individuals who inspire me.
I know a few people who do some amazing work, and it makes me happy to know they’re self-taught. Sharing their creations with you is an honor for me – and I hope this motivates you to find whatever makes your heart sing and bring it to life.
You Can Be Creative
These are a few of the individuals who inspire me. I hope they inspire you as well.
1 – Cori Ramos
As I’ve mentioned, Cori designed my website. She’s self-taught, she’s an amazing person and she’s a doll to work with.
I’m so inspired by Cori because she took a huge risk years ago by walking away from her secure, but stressful and unhappy job to create something she truly enjoyed doing. Armed with nothing other than desire, she ventured out and eventually developed Not Now Mom’s Busy, a website that helps people find work from home opportunities.
Recently, Cori realized she loves design. She utilized any and all available online tools to help her learn how to design websites…
…which isn’t easy, by the way.
Websites (and computers in general) seem to involve their own language. It helps to know some form of code, or at least understand the technical aspects of website design if you want to do anything other than set up a basic site.
Even themes that are completely set up by default require code if you want to make a change that isn’t included in the basic settings, so the fact that Cori taught herself the necessary tools to enable her to achieve this skill is nothing short of inspiring.
I’m going to leave a few links here if you want to take a look at some of the websites she’s done.
I, for one, am not only glad I know her as a professional, but since she’s a beautiful person and a damn good friend, I’m blessed to have her in my life.
2 – Jonathan (JDOGG) Lederman
I’ve known Jonathan for several years.
He’s a great guy – passionate about doing whatever he can to help cancer victims get well and have more birthdays.
He also has a fantastic speaking voice – and he uses this talent to help others shine with his radio shows and announcements. He created his blog, The Spiritual Awakening, as a way to motivate others to be positive and live their best lives.
He shared his story about his passion for helping others in Nothing But Good News Magazine. This is what drives him to take leaps into the unknown to create a voice and opportunity.
Jonathan had spent years interviewing guests to share their own messages of inspiration on his radio show. You can listen to the archives on the “Get Motivated with JDOGG” Blog Talk Radio Show page.
3 – Mark Spearman
Mark and my husband are long time friends from their days back in the military.
I became friends with him on social media as well, and since then, I’ve had the pleasure to see some of his work.
Mark takes some of the most beautiful pictures I’ve ever seen. He’s naturally inspired by the beauty that surrounds him, and it’s amazing how the images he captures take on life and meaning.
I’ve noticed he’s drawn toward a variety of different subjects, but what I love the most are the images of the older buildings and scenery from his hometown. It just goes to demonstrate that art is everywhere, even in the places you might be tempted to overlook.
I thought about blowing up an image or two to share with you here, but to be honest, I couldn’t pick just one.
Everything Mark photographs encapsulates character, history and beauty.
I’d encourage you to browse through his work at markspearmanphotography.com.
He even shares some of the lessons he’s learned through his projects over his main website, markspearman.com…so if you’ve ever given any thought to taking your own pictures (regardless of what you want to do with them), you’ll find a wealth of information from someone who walks his own path.
4 – “Doc” Jon Davis
I met Doc Jon several years ago because I’d attended a few of his presentations where he talked about healthy living.
We’ve remained social media friends ever since – and he was kind enough to read and share my exercise safety book.
Over the last several years, I’ve noticed him share his photography on FB. It appears this is something that sort of welled up inside of him.
When you look at Jon’s pictures, it almost seems as though the subjects somehow spring to life not in front of the camera, but because of it. More accurately, because he’s the one taking the pictures.
His photographs are magnificent. Whether you’re seeing a bird, a landscape, or a lightening storm…you are looking at absolute brilliance.
I don’t think Jon has any formal education or experience behind the camera, and this is why I had to include him in this post.
I’m also pretty sure he doesn’t have a website as of yet, but he does have a FB page with his work. I’d encourage you to check out his photos and see what happens when you unleash your creative nature – like he did.
YOU Can Be Creative
The reason I put this together is to show you that you can do anything. All you have to have is an open mind and a desire to bring something to light.
It doesn’t matter whether you have the experience, background or education to support you. You just need to ask yourself what brings you joy and then engage in whatever that is.
It shows up as just about anything, and this includes solving problems. My husband is an excellent example of this because while he may not be artistically inclined, I’ve seen him come up with solutions and remedies to stubborn problems that professionals weren’t able to conceive of.
And, as if by serendipity, I just encountered a technical issue with the featured image of this post.
The website I usually use for my images, for whatever reason, wouldn’t let me download it – although it normally works perfectly. I’d tried one of the other websites I’ve used in the past to recreate it, but that didn’t work either.
Instead, I came up with a creative solution to get what I needed. It took a little finagling, and I may not have the size I wanted originally, but as you can see, I managed to make it happen.
And I’d be willing to bet that the people I mentioned in this post have also encountered issues and obstacles that threatened to get in their way of their efforts, but they probably learned something valuable out of the ordeal and went on to share their light in spite of their challenges.
So whether you enjoy nature, working with a paintbrush or camera, speaking, designing, or just about anything else, just know this:
You CAN be creative.
The solutions to life’s problems lie in creativity.
All you need to do is take the first step toward something.
I’ll leave you with a couple of pieces of art created by someone who inspires me every day.
My mom is a self-taught artist. She creates from her heart.
Whether she’s painting something or spending time in her garden, she finds her joy in bringing color to life.
She’s always reinventing her talents and skills – building off of whatever she’s learned and creating new pieces.
And there’s a lot more where this came from.
I have so many others I could have included here, but it’s time to wrap this up.
I’ll create a follow up to this sometime soon – and of course, if YOU have any work you’d like to share because you’re self-taught and have some inspiring thoughts you want to contribute, let me know in the contact page.
Enjoy your week and remember…
There is an artist that lives inside of you. The “what” doesn’t matter, neither does the “how.”
Only desire matters. That’s where all possibilities lie.