The 1-2-3 of Creativity in my art

My mind tumbling around, like me here!!


Blur the line between work and play:

My mind tumbling around, like me here!!
My mind tumbling around, like I am in this image!! Photo by Nolte Lourens    

You can click on this link to listen to the same music I am listening to while I am writing this blog post, music always helps to get me into my zone while writing, while creating, however, I prefer less relaxed music: Music for writing

About my mind and creativity

I would say my creativity was born when I was very young, already as a “kaalvoet dogtertjie” (barefoot little girl) on a Karoo farm. One of 5 children.  

We did not have a lot of money (I remember on one stage, my dad had to cut open the tip of my shoes when my feet got too big for the shoes! I only wore shoes in winter and on the odd occasion we went to town, until this day, I like to walk barefoot)

At least there was never a lack of initiative and creativity! 

I have my mother to thank for that extra splash of creative input in my life.

She was the one who laid with us on a blanket on the grass and made us identify images in the formations of the clouds.

She filled bottles with different levels of colored water, put it on the kitchen floor and we sat next to it and used spoons as “drumsticks” and found out how the levels of water influenced the sound.

She taught us to do little flower arrangements in small vintage medicine glass bottles (I think that is where my love for anything miniature was born) 

My dad is an eager gardener and we always had the most beautiful gardens, my mom let us create our own small gardens in corners where we used to play. 

Have fun while creating:

Creativity is intelligence having fun - Quote by Albert Einstein
Creativity is intelligence having fun-  Quote by Albert Einstein     

This might be the number one factor when you start creating:

           *  Have fun!

I know when I am on the right track when an unexpected smile jumps on my face. 

10 points to follow to be more creative:

I consulted Ms. Google to find out what points you have to follow to be creative and I can identify with the following:

  • Step out of your comfort zone
  • Listen to music
  • Meditate (I recently started with meditation and I find that I get to a creative zone easier since I get too quiet my mind)
  • (Haha!) I love this one: Don’t tidy your workspace, it’s chaos around me while I am busy with an artwork, references scattered on the floor, I do, however, clean up after the painting is done, only to start all over again, building up chaos to start “building” my new artwork in my mind and on canvas.
  • Drop inhibitions and go with your intuition
  • Step back
  • Drink wine!! (Or beer)
  • Hang out with creative people
  • Make creativity part of your daily routine (as exercising is strengthening your muscles, exercising creativity stretches your thought process) 
  • Welcome bad ideas   😉 
  • To be creative you need to kill your perfectionism (luckily I am not a perfectionist at all!) 

Being creative leads to being more observant, it might also be the other way around (!?)

Being more observant helps you to be more creative.

What do you think?  (it’s a chicken/egg situation)

There are so many interesting posts on creativity on the internet, I found this one by  Emily Johnson  very insightful.

Being creative is not a hobby, it is a way of life
Being creative is not a hobby, it is a way of life

Like a fish in a bowl versus a fish in the ocean:

I must say, I experienced how the area you are working in, have an impact on your creativity. 

I was in Mossel Bay for 3 years, I had a large studio there, and all these creative guys surrounding me who helped me at a snap of a finger to build stuff! 

I was like a fish in the ocean, growing bigger and bigger, now that I am working in a small corner in my living room, I feel restricted and my approach had to change. While I was building large whimsical furniture and did large paintings, everything got smaller. It’s like keeping a fish in a bowl, it will never get to be a large fish.

But I do believe that you have to be able to adapt to your circumstances. You can still be as creative, the kind of art you create only changes. 

Never ever use a lack of space or resources holds you back.

As my hero, Tony Robbins  says, If you do not have the resources, be resourceful… 


Just keep on keeping on, your creativity will start flowing freely out of your mind.

You can't use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have
You can’t use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have


Giant pencils
Giant pencils

These two giant pencils was a commission by a client and I had Willi Fu Visser carved it for me, one of the very creative guys I used in Mosselbay to help me with my projects.

A corner in my studio I had in Mossel Bay
A corner in my studio I had in Mossel Bay

I miss the time and the working space I had in Mossel Bay, oh my word, and the antique shops, the creating process, I loved every moment!!

Painted furniture
Painted furniture

I did paintings on every object I could lay my hands on! 

True creativity often starts were language ends
True creativity often starts were language ends

This Paper Mache chameleon was made by  Township Angles  in Mossel Bay and I finished it off. 

It's not just about creativity...
It’s not just about creativity…

“It is not just about creativity, it is about the person you’re becoming while you’re creating…” 


Be daring, be creative…


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