Albert Einstein quipped that "imagination is more important than knowledge". It now dawned on whoever cared to listen that this power of imagination is similar to creativity. The purpose of this article is not to enlighten you on why imagination is more important than knowledge, neither is it to tell you how to be creative or harness creativity.
            This write-up focuses the lens on artists who are creative and on the would-be-creative artists. Creativity is a pre-requisite or requirement of every visual artist. Do you know why? It is because artists are supposed to be ideators. They're meant to be creators and originators of unique ideas and elements. In so doing, artists are second creators beside God. This is not to equal mere artists' creativity to the divine and supernatural creative power of God.
             Artists who are creative usually invents and re-creates things that are not in nature, as well as those that are in nature. What this imply is either invention or innovation.
             Without mincing words, below are the advantages of creativity to an artist:-

1. IT ADDS VALUE TO EVERYTHING: Wouldn't you enjoy a limitless reservoir of ideas that you could draw upon at any time? That is what creativity gives you. For that reason, no matter what you're currently able to do, creativity can increase your capabilities. Creativity is being able to see what everybody else has seen and think what nobody else has thought so that you can do what nobody else has done.

2. IT INCREASES ONE'S CREATIVE ABILITY: Creativity builds on itself and increases the creativity of the thinker. Poet Maya Angelou observed, "you can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have".

3. CREATIVITY DRAWS PEOPLE TO YOU AND YOUR IDEAS: Creativity is intelligence having fun. People admire intelligence, and they are always attracted to fun. If anyone could be said to have fun with his intelligence, it was Leonardo Da Vinci. The diversity of his ideas and expertise staggers the mind. He was a painter, sculptor, anatomist, musician, inventor and engineer. The term Renaissance man was coined because of him. Just as people were drawn to Da Vinci and his ideas during the renaissance, they are drawn to creative people today.

4. CREATIVITY HELPS YOU LEARN MORE: Being creative is being able to see or imagine a great deal of opportunity to life's problems. Creativity is having options. It almost seems too obvious to say, but if you're always actively seeking new ideas, you will learn. Creativity is teachability. It is seeing more solutions than problems. The greater the quantity of thoughts, the greater the chance for learning something new.

5. IT CHALLENGES THE STATUS QUO: If you desire to improve your world_ or even your own situation, then creativity will help you. The status quo and creativity are incompatible. Creativity and innovation always walk hand in hand.

                Other advantages of creativity to an artist are:-
  • Become a better problem solver.
  • Save money.
  • Expanded sense of time.
  • Self awareness and expression.
  • Freedom.
  • Stress Relief. etc.
What other advantages of creativity to an artist do you know? feel free to share it in the comment section below. Thanks for reading!