Tapping Into Creativity


I was biking along the river with my 4 year old the other day – taking the dog for a good run. It was one of those days where you feel like a walking accident waiting to happen; everything you touch either breaks, falls or doesn’t work. My accompanying state of mind was scattered and irritable. I was ready to get rid of the dog and also the fridge. I hoped it was safe to be on a tandem bike with my child. The bike ride actually was attempt to turn the day around. I packed a picnic and our little sketchbooks.

I lead us to a secluded spot by the river and we sat on a dry blanket and ate our muffins. My son seemed ready to participate in sketching, which was great (and pretty cute), and it gave me a chance to draw too. We drew for about 10 minutes (attention span of my 4 year old). I got instantly involved in drawing this fallen, dragon-like log in the river. In that short time span, the focus on an external point redirected my thoughts and calmed my mind. I am aware of drawing’s affect on me, but was still amazed at how much happier I felt after – like everything shifted back into perspective. My son too seemed extra happy.

It was a reminder also that drawing (for any amount of time) awards us a chance to engage the right hemisphere of the brain, the creative side, which is like tapping into a river of all good things.

05. February 2010 by Tracy Kobus
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  1. I really enjoyed reading your blog, and looking at your website. You have a unique way of expressing ourself through your paintings. I really like it. I liked this blog entry about time spent drwing outside with your little guy. what a nice way to spend time. We draw alot too but I havent taken him outside to draw. I think we will give it a try..

  2. drawing for 10 minutes… sometimes that's all it takes! wonderful :)

  3. Thanks Helen!