Dare to Imagine...Dare to Create

Dare to Imagine…Dare to Create

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Everyday I live, I look for inspiration somewhere. When I take a look around, I see all kinds of things. I see color displayed in so many ways…from the way the sun shines on a tree to the tissue paper in assorted colors in a decorative gift bag. You don’t have to be an artist or even a creative person by nature to get inspired.

Reading a book or poem, looking at a play or movie, going out to eat and noticing the design of the restaurant can open your mind to being creative. God gave us all this to enjoy on earth. Historical buildings, even old furniture or that 1966 Cadillac that brings back nostalgia of a simpler time in history.

I really like the video footage and re-enactments on the History channel and I know that if that technology had been around back when I was in school, I would have gotten a better grade in Social Studies. Even old movies make me dream.

I learned this later on that I’m a visual learner. It makes sense why reading was always so hard for me. I wanted to love reading because my mother absolutely adored reading and belonged to book clubs. But, unless the book had illustrations, I just couldn’t stay interested and for a long time I thought something was wrong with me.

Living in the information age, I realized that visual imagery is how I process thoughts, opinions, advice, instructions and art. I write a stories in my head by the images I see and my own imagination. One of the exercises I do is look at photography or imagery and I like Etsy and Pinterest for that. I also love black and white photography because I’m often drawn to “mood” shots.    

God is the best artist there ever was. When hubby and I would go out to a place to take photos, I was always mesmerized by my surroundings. I saw mountains behind me, ocean in front of me, sea life around me, trails to walk, flowers growing all around and most times a beautiful sky that brought a different natural light every time we traveled up and down the coast. Flowers typically is what I like to photograph.    

My hubby has always said that He wanted to capture God’s beauty in every photo he took and I could understand what he meant because when I look at a picture or illustration, even a movie, I want it to move me in some way…to make me think or ponder.

When I create a card or illustration, I want my customer to feel that it was made with a lot of love and care. All of us designers want to convey our thoughts into our work. And again, you don’t have to be an artist to want people to understand how you feel. It is by nature that we want to be accepted and feel wanted.   

On a side note, just remember that God always has and always will understand our deepest desires. Don’t harbor your God-given talents and hide them, share them with others so that everyone around you will benefit from your blessed gifts. God makes us all creative in many different ways and I think it grieves Him when we don’t use our talents to bless others.

Stir up your gifts today! Dare to imagine…dare to create!

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.