I’d like to introduce you to Susan Seitz. I met Susan in my Kaizen Muse Creativity Coach class. In class, we were paired off so that we could each practice coaching and Susan was my coach. Susan has such a joyful spirit – she constantly brought a smile to my face. Her answers give you a glimpse into her jubilant personality. Enjoy!
How do you define creativity?
An expressive moment in time ~ where you get to witness and experience a transformation and share it with yourself and/or the World.
Do you think you’re born with it or can it be taught?
In my humble opinion: Creativity is found in our DNA. I’m pretty sure if we were to invent a microscope that could look closer into our DNA, we would find little tiny paintings filled with magical swirls of the rainbow. How do I know this? My creativity just told me so … and she never lies!
What is your favorite medium to express your creativity and why?
I’m smiling. One … because I really don’t have favorites, I love them all, two … if I thought I had a favorite, it would be changing in the exact moment I thought it, three … refer to number one. Currently working in acrylics, but love photography, watercolors, writing, dancing and singing … although dancing and singing in the super market with my children is never favorable!
What other ways do you like to express your creativity?
Every way possible … writing, speaking, playing, dancing, the way I look at the world, the way I view life internally, in conversation … every moment I can express creatively, is a gift to self.
What are you working on now?
Answering this questionnaire … it’s very entertaining! I’m also working on some new paintings for an art show coming up in May, marketing for my Creativity Coaching, marketing for my summer workshops, and art camps, planning for new shows this year, website awareness, graphics for new business cards & posters … it is endless Fun!!!
Summer Joy by Susan Seitz
Are you self taught or do you have formal training?
Don’t get me started!!! LOL … Well … since I believe creativity is found in our DNA, I believe we can do whatever it is our soul desires … as long as you believe. So I just pick up the paint brush … and paint. I just pick up my camera … and take a picture; I just listen to the words in my head and type. I create for me. It’s really cool that others enjoy my work, but everything I create is for me and from me. Therefore, no training needed. And yes, along the way, I observed other artists, attended workshops, read books, watched videos and inhaled galleries ~ none of which I wore a tuxedo too!
Any pivotal moments in your creative journey?
Each and every day I experience one. Each and every day I am in awe of how life unfolds in ways that are sometimes undesirable and somehow, I understand that it’s because of these moments that my creativity is fueled for another day. On the flow side to ebb, there is much to be grateful for. And it is in these moments that encourage and support and fill my wellspring with “ah yes, I am exactly where I need to be!” These moments, each and every day ARE pivotal for me … as I embrace the process and experience my journey … one day at a time.
Did/do you have any mentors?
As much as great artists have influence my work, my most favorite is working with children. They have such a gift to share … the ability to be free in their moment of creation ~ without judgment, without hesitation … a pure sense of Joy can be felt and witnessed when a young child adds color to paper. They teach me so much.
How would you describe your creative process?
Along the Line by Susan Seitz
Standing naked in a meadow, on top of a hill, surrounded by a mixed forest filled with sounds that sooth the soul, smells that enhance the mind, tastes that entice the lips, sights that inspire the spirit and touch that reminds me of who and where I am … in this moment … the dance of all my being, ever present ~ without judgment ~ without expectations … unfolds … one small brush stroke at a time. When I am in this space with my process … great things unfold as magical wonder!
What’s your favorite part and why?
I’m smiling … again! Every part is my favorite … without each and every step … it wouldn’t be whole.
What is your least favorite part?
I am in Love with every morsel of it. Seriously. Without the perceived struggles, I wouldn’t experience the perceived highs. It’s all a part of the dance and feels complete with all the twists and turns and twirlybirds.
How do you get through a block?
I walk up to it. Introduce myself ~ and walk straight through. The introductory part has a variety of lengths, depending of the block and the stage … but sure enough, as the path I leave behind me can contest … I eventually walk straight through. I have found, it’s the only way to get to the other side.
Do you work on one thing at a time or do you have several projects going at once?
Oh most definitely working on several pieces at once. And sometimes … on rare occasions … I will even eat a piece of cake at the same time!
Where do you look for ideas/inspiration?
Where ever my eyes take me … nature, mother earth, dust bunnies … they all have a little something to share in the creative process. I just have to open my eyes and allow the journey to begin.
Oh to be Rooted by Susan Seitz
How do you celebrate the completion of a project (or the start of a project)?
The completion IS the celebration ~ the start IS the celebration ~ and all the inbetweenies. To be in a creative moment in any given time IS the celebration. Be with the moment … be with the process and inhale all that that moment has to offer … celebrating moment by moment is what this creative journey is all about.
How do you handle criticism and judgment?
I create a sound proof wall with a little peep window that has a sign hanging outside “Do Not Enter”. The window is so I can stick my tongue at the “outside judgment world” once in a while … why? Cause it’s a very cool, naughty creative thing to do!
What are your future plans?
I’m not the planning type … but I have this enormous intuitive ability that senses there is something really super duper juicyfruit explosively exciting waiting around the next field of daisy’s … I’m tempted to run to catch up to it … but then my creative soul reminds me of this moment that I am in … and all that really matters is now … and that in itself is very juicyfruit delicious!
Anything else you would like to add to the conversation?
Yes. When you feel like life is getting you down, or you don’t know which way to turn. Or things are thrown at you in such a way that you just can’t tuck and roll anymore. Take a moment, and look inside. There is a little voice that has been whispering … and sometimes we just have to be in silent in order to hear her magic. We are all creative beings … it just might be your day to make a change ~ a creative change. That is what I did. That is how it all began for me.
You can find out more about Susan at www.susanseitz.ca