Friday, March 27, 2009


An inquisitive nature is often at the root of controversy. Curiosity leads to questions which can then lead to growth and discovery. Conversely, if misused, curiosity can get us into trouble if it becomes intrusive or meddlesome. Where to find the balance, to draw the line so as not to offend or trespass upon another's privacy? In daily life there is a benefit in simply minding our own business. Do not probe into other's affairs unless directly invited to do so. Of course, there are exceptions to this; in times of peril it may be absolutely necessary to "butt in". However, the type of curiosity I am specifically referring to is of a less personal nature- a creative inquisitiveness. Questions in the creative arena often open new doors of understanding and purpose. For instance, consider these basic questions: "why?", "how?" and "what?". When learning a new art form, asking WHY a particular tool is used, WHY a particular method should be applied, WHY this particular color would work best can lead to amazing technical discoveries, even to the invention of new techniques. Asking why may even cause us to question the validity of always 'following the rules' and force us to find our own maverick solutions. Asking why may even lead you to discover things you never knew about yourself, refine your tastes and talents, alter your values. At some point after the why is satisfied, we move on to WHAT to do with the knowledge we've gained and HOW to do it. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Curiosity can stimulate our growth as artists and keep our passion glowing. Feed the inquisitive beast! It's the only way to keep our curiosity alive.

"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."- Albert Einstein

"Curiosity is the very basis of education and even if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly."- Arnold Edinborough

"Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was the suspect."- Stephen Wright

(Focal bead featured in this post is available in my Etsy shop.)

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