How can you be creative in the kitchen? When you are chopping vegetables, for example, do you arrange them by color? Do you see an arrangement for a painting sometimes? Do you arrange your food so that it is colorful? If there is yes to any of these questions, you are already being creative in the kitchen. Now you just need to step up the activities you are doing. There are several ways to do this:
- When you are cooking – add flourishes or details. For example, instead of putting the cooking pot on the table when everything is cooked, transfer it to your favorite platter. Add a garnish. Make it look good.
- When you see the potential for a good painting while preparing your meal, photograph it. Build up you references for your painting and then keep chopping. Some of my best paintings, in the early days of my painting, came about this way. If you are a photographer, just shoot yourself a photo. Pay attention to your everyday life. There are opportunities you may not realize are there.
- Add some of your kitchen paintings (or photos) to your kitchen wall. Decorate with your inspirations. Put up unfinished paintings on your wall too. This is a way for you to look at the work in a different light and see potential next steps. This also allows the rest of your family to realize how serious you are about painting (or other interest). They might even have noticed that you are interested. Remember that most people live in their own bubble and rarely move out of that sphere. Putting your work on display will make them notice. Eventually, they may even start helping you with ideas. My son was playing with carrots one time, arranging and rearranging them. Look Mom, he said, I made the carrots look good like you. Children notice details you don’t ever think about.
What is the worst thing that can happen if you do this? Nobody will notice…. Maybe. You will get unasked-for advice. Being creative feels good and the idea is to start now. After you decorated your dish with that fancy radish, did it feel good? Is it a good memory? Will it be a good memory in 5 months? In 5 years that radish will be forgotten but it will have been the start of a creative movement in your brain, a creativity that is still there. Minutes lead to hours that lead to days and soon there is a path towards a career.
Start today towards your goal to be an artist.
Doris’ website: www.dorischarest.ca
I have creativity courses and art courses online at: https://www.udemy.com/user/dorischarest/
All photography and artwork by Doris Charest
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* I adapted Zat Rana idea about the10/10/10 concept to make it work for me and my creative moments. The concept is that for personal growth, it is important to examine your actions and how they affect you. Rana’s article is from: https://medium.com/personal-growth/the-10-10-10-method-make-decisions-like-warren-buffett-and-ray-dalio-99e4857d05e3