This week's blog post was written by Fiber Artist Sherry Bingaman of Nueva Vida.
My parents were both artists, and all four of their children went into various art fields. My three brothers and I had very interesting childhoods with a lot of craziness, drama, and the usual dysfunction, but most important lots and lots of laughs. In my 30+ years of doing art fairs and teaching art to kids and adults I noticed one thing the most creative people have in common—a full appreciation of funny stuff. Why is it that so many creative people have great senses of humor? In her book InGenius, Stanford Professor Tina Seelig writes "Creative people have apparently mastered the art of turning off parts of the frontal lobes of their brains to let their ideas flow more smoothly, unleashing their imagination.” When you are feeling creative, you tend feel less inhibited and more playful.
I have always tried to find the humor in everything. Life is just more fun that way! I taught art and gifted kids for 19 years, and I tried to inject humor as much as possible daily. As a result, I became pretty accomplished at unleashing the creative talents in my students.
I love art history, but this can be boring to teach. I found the artist series “Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists,” by Mike Venezia, to be a terrific way to teach kids and adults about famous artists. If you have not read any of his books, I highly recommend them all. They are full of great information along with his comic illustrations relating to each artist.
So when you are working on a project and feel stuck, stop and try to find the humor. It is there somewhere, waiting for you to discover it and enjoy the laugh!