Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Using Your Imagination
What I choose to do with ideas and what someone else chooses to do with the same idea will turn out completely different. Our imagination is at work. When we create something, albeit based on someone else's idea, our idea blossoms based on feedback from our family and peers. I have a memory of an instance which would have fed my artistic leanings from the very beginning.
My brothers had to take summer school in high school, the need for credits to graduate I assume. I didn't want to be left out so I enrolled in a speed reading course and an art class. The art class stays with me to this day, some of the fundamental instruction and the free form projects we accomplished. My drawing was juvenile at best, a page of rain drops colliding - clustered together, so that all you had on the page was a series of tears. It was interesting at best. But Dad looked at it with encouragement. He told me to use my imagination.
With that in mind I built on the idea and created a series of faces. Still juvenile; but the difference was someone encouraged me, saw that I had the potential to create something just a bit unique.
So much from Dad stays with me as a reminder to encourage those around us. His encouragement fed my desire for approval. I will forever be grateful for his perception of what I could do. What we create may not come from an original idea, but our creativity will make the ending results unique. Thank you, Dad.