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Op-Ed – The Difference Between A Creative vs. An Artist

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What is the difference between being artistic and creative? 

A lot of times we confuse artistic ability with creativity. People use these two terms interchangeably and in doing so they continue to promote a lot of confusion in both themselves and the people around. 

Artistic ability:- includes skills and talent to create fine works of art: painting, drawing, sculpting, musical composition, etc. 

Creative ability:- is the skill and talent to use our imagination to create and solve. 

A better artist is creative. But you don’t have to be an artist to be creative. 

We are all born creative and remain creative throughout life. Your creativity looks different than another person’s and it will manifest itself differently for you depending on your age, environment, and stages of development we go through. 

For most of us, creativity manifests itself in common day to day situations when we face mundane problems that require effective solutions (i.e. if you don’t have a ladder when you need to hang curtains up, creativity emerges and with it different possibilities and solutions that will help you figure out an effective and viable solutions, like using a chair instead). 

Creativity has nothing to do with the arts, although arts are directly influenced by creativity. 

Artists (painters, musicians, dancers) require both creativity and artistic ability –along with other things- in order to complete their endeavor.  

Some artists use their creativity more, others less, however, they possess skills (the artistic ability) necessary to paint or write music, for instance. Creativity in this context is an added touch to the work an artist does and clearly can improve the work dramatically. For a lot of artists to create something requires a mix of artistic ability, talent, technique, personal style, and creativity. 

For creative people (you included) artistic ability is not necessary in order to live creatively. 

Try to consciously embrace your creativity (because no matter who you are, you have it) and experience the powerful positive change (a diversity of solutions and possibilities) it brings with it in your life. 

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