Don't You Have to be an Artist to Have a Creative Mind?

"Why do we assume that a rare and special 'artistic' talent is required for drawing? We don't make that assumption about other kinds of abilities."
Author Betty Edwards, known for her book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, goes on to say, "If you can catch a baseball, thread a needle, or hold a pencil and write your name, you can learn to draw skillfully, artistically, and creatively." [From her book Drawing on the Artist Within.]

Maybe one reason people think they are not creative is that we are given so many examples in school and the media of eminent, big name artists and creators who have made notable impacts on the world.

And, not being one of those (at least not yet), we think that means, "I'm not creative."

But we make use of creative thought and problem-solving all the time, even if we are not making "artwork."

Welcome to The Creative Mind

I'm pleased to introduce the blog, The Creative Mind, with Douglas Eby. The Creative Mind will explore some of the main emotional and psychological topics that can affect how well or how freely creative people are able to express themselves. Douglas hopes to cater...