The first quality of creativity I believe is raw talent and it seems to be either gifted or its not. While I acknowledge everyone is special in their own way, and we all have gifts, it seems that recognising just where the talent lies is the answer. Many talented people have fallen by the wayside from lack of motivation, but those who really know where their passions lie seem to be very determined and persistence. Is true talent, if it then exists, an aspect of knowing that which can’t be taught? It is what the ancient Chinese philosophers pondered. They came to acknowledge this as the sensitive, intuitive, heart of creative mankind. I believe it is that part of us that manages to find all the answers at just the right time. I look forward to hearing others comments on this topic. Below is my painting from 2009, Pools of Light.