Monday, April 27, 2009

Creative Talents

Lately, I’ve been learning to crochet. I don’t know why, but I just had the urge to try it. So, it got me to thinking, are you creative in other ways than writing? I’ve always heard that creative people usually enjoy many different types of art forms. Although, I do enjoy many different types of arts, I can’t say that I’m really good at them. I’ve always enjoyed doing crafts of different forms, but I’ve never excelled in any of them. They were okay, but not great. 

I know there are lots of people out there who both write and draw. I wish I had that talent, but unfortunately, I don’t. At least, I don’t think I do. I’ve never had any art classes, so I couldn’t really say that. But, I do know I don’t have a natural talent for it. What pictures I have tried drawing in the past haven’t been that great. I have a nephew that can draw anything, and he’s never had any real art classes. That’s what I consider natural talent. If you can do it without even being taught, then you’re born with it.

The same goes for singers and actors. Many of them work in both fields. Some of them even write their own songs or plays. The different types of art work synergistically together. That’s great! If you’re capable of doing those things, it’s wonderful. And I’m completely jealous. :D

Personally, I love music. I would give anything to be able to sing. That will never be one of my talents, I’m afraid. I’ll have to stick with singing along with the radio, which I do on a regular basis. It’s one of my favorite pastimes. One day, I’d love to learn how to write songs. Of course, I’ll have to learn how to play an instrument and read music, but you never know. Maybe someday I’ll accomplish that goal. But, for now, I’ll have to stick with learning to crochet. One thing at a time.

So, how about you? Do you enjoy more than one creative activity? Are you a writer and singer, or artist, or…? Leave a comment and let me know. I’d love to hear what you enjoy.

7 comments:

Margay said...

Not only do I love to write, I love to knit and crochet, too. But the one thing I want to learn to do is paint. I used to draw all the time when I was younger. Lately, I've had the urge to learn to do watercolors because I love the Impressionist type paintings.
Margay

Tierney said...

Hi Sierra and Margay,

I am somewhat an artist. :D Watercolor is my medium.Painted several and gave them all to my brothers. (Better than chucking my hard work in the trash can.)It is a good pastime albeit expensive.

Carrie said...

Hi Sierra!

Nice blog topic. Yes, I too crochet and have been for about 30 years now. I'm not a great artist, but, if I focus, I can weakly get my idea on paper.

If you want to take up an instrument, start with learning how to drum. My brother-in-law is a rhythm facilitator and he has a weekly drumming circle. The biggest thing he works on with people is, well, rhythm. What I mean is that drumming is about the beat and learning how to "play" together. It's neat how he can take a group of 30-40 people and get them to sound somewhat harmonious, even if it can be loud!

My point here is that you can learn this too. Whatever you learn, you need to practice!

Carrie

Sierra Wolfe said...

Thanks everyone. I'm glad you liked my topic.

I always wondered about the drums, Carrie. They look so hard, LOL. I bet they'd be a blast to play though. I might have to try that.

Carrie said...

I have played African-style drums and a Celtic-style drum without having had any prior experience or taking a ton of classes. Sure, I'd probably get better with more practice, but it was enough to satisfy my need.

Let me know if you're ever going to be in Wisconsin, and I can try to get you hooked up with him on one of his free (no gigs) days. Working with him is truly an experience.

Plus, whoever put the link on your site to "make your own slide show," thanks a heap for that because I know Gracen and Margay would like something similar on Moonlight, Lace and Mayhem!

Carrie

Sierra Wolfe said...

I'll definitely let you know if I get to your neck of the woods. That would be so fun!

I'm glad the link was helpful to you.

Dana Fredsti said...

Great topic!

I love to write, draw, make things out of driftwood and sea glass, do flamenco and swordfight. I used to be in a band and also did some bad movies as an actress. The moral of this story is it took me years to finally focus as a writer (with arts and crafts on the side) and stop trying to be a Renaissance woman 24/7. I still love doing all of the above, though...

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