To celebrate the letter “I” I first thought of the word “icky”. Surely you have had fun doing a messy art project? Making a mess comes to mind as being free to experience art materials with no limitations or rules so to speak.
If you’ve ever made a “mud pie” outdoors, you know adding water to dirt has a feeling that can be described as “icky” if you’re not used to the consistency of cold goop. Making a mess when you are not allowed or are not used to doing is a type of freedom that can come from exploring creativity.
When was the last time you created without worrying about a mess to clean up later? Sometimes letting go of one detail frees you up to develop care in another area.
I think it is fitting for me and maybe others with a creative side, to identify with the line: “Too Creative for Clean”. What happens most is that we get wrapped up in the creative process and neatness drops to the weigh side. Neatness doesn’t count.
It is not as important to a creative person to be tidy. I can easily get overwhelmed with the use of the materials at hand and I need to see all of my tools and supplies in front of me. If an item needed is within reach, I know where it is and I can use it faster. That is when the accumulation starts as well.
There are ways to control a messy work space. The invention of a painter’s drop cloth, for example was probably an idea sparked by a messy artist that first attempted to be all neat and clean. Intentions are always good but, it seems much more easy to scatter and splatter. Are you one of the creative minds that is too creative for clean?
While we all discover what organizational skills work best for us to be a less messy artist, we can also celebrate that having a mess and a project going at the same time can be a sign of a creative mind at work. I say there is always time for a clean-up, and organization…later.
When I ran across this photo of the game Twister played with paint, I thought: How cool to try at least once!
Maybe it is true that logic would get in the way of fun but, on one hand, to see what type of creativity comes from an unexpected and unusual activity out of the norm would be interesting to say the least.
Maybe for some, a few alcoholic drinks need to be involved in this game idea but never-the-less…it is for sure a creative TWIST on the old game. What do you think of “messy, icky Twister”?