I am a mother, a grandmother and a contemporary realist painter currently living in Montana. I was encouraged to be an artist when I was younger due to some sad events in my life. Through this experience I started to learn and understand how much of an impact being an artist and the art world in general could have on a person if given a chance. Later, I wanted to be a seascape painter and went to school where I received my Associates in Fine Art/Humanities (2007) and have been able to continue my artistic education through books, the internet and personal experiences. Today I do not just paint the ocean but I paint anything that inspires me. Through my artwork, I want to encourage happy thoughts, happy memories and positive perspectives in order to stimulate a happy heart within my viewer whether it be from a nature scene to something as simple as a favorite coffee cup. - Frankie Stockman 2021

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I was reading a little bit this morning and I wanted to share with you - Creativity....  "The true gold behind it is that it breaks down all walls & dissolves fear. " Francisco Garcia. 
©Frankie Stockman

Sometimes I think that people are stuck in the belief that "to be creative" means you have to be an artist. I don't think that is what being creative is. There is no specific group of people that carry that  label. If you don't feel like you can or want to craft, draw, sculpt, play the guitar or even sew clothes - there are many other ways you can bring out your creative side. For example:  I have a cousin who swears swears swears she doesn't have a creative bone in her body. One day I was at her house and she was getting ready for the day. She gets out of the shower - with her towel on her head to keep her wet hair out of her face - and starts putting down all these different brushes and colors of makeup. She looks at her face - then looks down at her makeup - thinks for a second - then begins.  You would think with that much makeup she would look like a clown. I just watched in amazement  as she put herself together. I really did feel like I was watching someone paint a picture. It was wonderful to watch! She does such a great job! But she doesn't think she is creative at all. She doesn't recognize her talents. She doesn't think she is worth much. 
I read this list of what "creative people" are like - 
David’s List of Behaviors that Lead to Being More Creative
"I came up with a list of traits some time ago that seem to be common among the creative people I knew. Take a look at my list below. Highlight those that seem to apply to you, and consider those that do not. Note those that you might want to incorporate yourself. The list is in no particular order, so go and explore. Just reading them over may prove instructive, for these are the characteristics I feel that leads to being  more creative."
• Creative people love putting things together .
• Creative people are curious,
Creative people are different,
Creative people are playful and childlike.
• Creative people love to put things together--
• Creative people do not play by the rules.
• Creative people want to keep inventing,
• Creative people are adventurous.
• Creative people have trouble being accurate,
• Creative people are spontaneous.
• Creative people are funny,
• Creative people are independent. 
• Creative people are sensitive
• Creative people are enthusiastic,
• Creative people are bold,
• Creative people see things
• Creative people take action.
• Creative people push beyond,
• Creative people are constantly stretching,
• Creative people are driven;
• Creative people are not content with the obvious,
 • Creative people know when to let go
• Creative people are impatient.
• Creative people don't mind being lost. 
• Creativity requires faith,
• Creativity requires courage and willpower
• Creativity requires the ability to concentration,
• A word of warning. Creative People can be a Pain in the you know where . . .
• Creative people can be inconsiderate
• Creative people are unpredictable,
• Creative people are usually late
• Creative people are irrational,
• Creative people may appear irreverent,
• Creative people may appear absent minded

If you would like to read the entire article please go to: The Creative Personality

Now that you have read the list of what its like to be a creative person - why would you want to ignore that in yourself. 
I read all the time that we should keep the arts programs in the schools because we need to teach our children to appreciate art. That is not why we need to keep it in school. We need to keep it in school so that the children learn at a young age that they can appreciate themselves. There are so many ways to be creative. Writing (blogging) organizing (events etc), taking pictures, decorating, cooking, teaching kids (takes a lot of creativity!)  Please - pick one! Or two. I have a few! And one thing you will never hear me say is "get your creative juices flowing" EW! GROSS! ;)
 Just think about where your creative side is... and find yourself! :) 
XOXO - Frankie 
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