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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Taking Creative Risks – Win or Lose, It's All Good!

What if you took a small creative risk? What might that look like? How might that feel? We're not talking about a life threatening risk here, simply taking the chance to stretch your creative muscles a bit and experiment with something that sounds fun to try. 

Here's why I say experiment: your creative risk might end up producing something kind of ridiculous. On the other hand, you could create something surprisingly brilliant. Either way, how will you know unless you give yourself permission to go for it?  

If Tony Cragg, the artist who created the above sculpture using thousands of dice, hadn't taken the risk and experimented with using this classic game piece as a medium for sculpture, we'd have been denied several fabulous works of art. Lucky for us, early in his career Cragg took a risk by embracing the use of cheap 'everyday' materials which ultimately led to his sumptuous dice sculptures. I have never in all my museum going years been so tempted to break the rules and touch a piece of art than while viewing his exhibit at the Nasher Sculpture Museum "Seeing Things" in 2011. (Not to worry,  taking the photograph above sufficed.)

Here's to taking creative risks...to painting with splatters rather than strokes...to adding a dash of peanut butter and a chunk of dark chocolate to your next batch of veggie-chili recipe (It's scrumptious!)...to visiting a part of town you've never even driven through before...to writing a haiku in your sweetheart's birthday card...to trying anything that sounds different, interesting and fun! 

How might you roll the dice and take a chance on a new creative experience in the coming week?

Until next time, all the best from my Creative Oasis to yours,