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Exploring the topic of creativity and hopefully remembering to play!
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Finding Your Voice

I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to how Creative Play™ can help in discovering your voice as an artist. The experimentation that you do in your play practice can help bring clarity about what you do and do not like and that’s what it takes to find your voice. Your unique voice is a combination of the colors and techniques that you use, the themes you address, and your design style. As you experiment with colors, techniques, themes and designs through Creative Play™, you’ll narrow in on the formula that is distinctly yours.

If you’ve been thinking about your voice, maybe it’s time to do some reflection. Take out the play that you’ve been doing recently. Sort your work quickly into two piles without overthinking it: Like It, Don’t Like It.  Then, look at the items in the first pile. What do you like about them? Did you use some colors consistently?  What techniques did you use? Is there a similar design style (precise, improv, abstract, geometric, realistic, etc.)? Have you tackled some common themes?  Is there a theme that might make a good series? Take a look at the items in the Don’t Like It pile too. It’s just as important in finding your voice to know what you don’t want to do as it is to know what you do.

What Do You Like?

After you've taken a look at your creative play output, take a look at your artwork as well. What do you like? What don't you like? Why? What's similar among the items that you do like?  What do the answers to these questions tell you about what to do next?
I’ve recently filmed a short video series that is an introduction to Creative Play. In this first video, I cover how I found Creative Play. If you have any feedback, please feel free to send me an email; I’d love to know what you think.
 
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