Saturday, June 27, 2009

why do you love what you create??

(i am playing with typography by painting it....not completely done with this painting yet)

Living where I do I have had to become quite resourceful in connecting with creative people and finding the energy I need to feel sane. Thank god for e-courses. If you have never taken one you are really missing out. They are mostly affordable and I have developed some amazing friendships with some of my fellow classmates. I plan to write a more in depth post soon about e-classes but right now I just wanted to share something I learned from my "In the Fish Bowl" class I am taking from Marisa over at Creative Thursday (love her blog and podcasts).

In the fist podcast of the class Marisa asked us a question (we are all artist who want to sell our work online)....she asked "why do you love what you create?" It took me over a week to fully articulate my answer but now I can see it clearly. I can feel it clearly.

I love to create because my creations reveal things to me....more than anything else in the whole world. They teach me about myself and about my world. They keep me amazed at what I can truly accomplish. We speak a secret language....only to each other. Sometimes onlookers understand and pick up on this language then they join in the conversation. This creates a beautiful experience.... and my personal life statement is to be a creator of beautiful experiences. My creations always bring me what I want most out of life....connection with other human beings and to my real self. My creations form authentic and raw relationships.

I have to create. When I don't my world falls apart. I loose all sense of wonder and curiosity with the world. Peace begins to slip away. I begin to be very mean to myself and sometimes even to those around me. My creations are the best form of psychiatric treatment or drug I have ever encountered (and lord knows I have encountered plenty). As bizarre as it might sound, sometimes I wonder if every person on earth was required to make something every single day if we would even have war and hatred at all. I actually feel that strongly about creativity.

I could literally write about this for hours but I have probably already lost the readers who think they are "not creative".....and you don't want me to get started on how I feel about that way of thinking.

14 comments:

  1. I couldn't have said it any better myself. I totally agree with all of it. I too get very pissy when I waste a whole weekend and not create anything...

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  2. you totally hit the heart of it!
    ...and i almost want to shake people when they tell me they are not creative! (but that wouldn't exactly be a loving and gentle way to convince them that they are creative) i think that everyone holds boundless creativity, it is only the skills you learn and improve to channel that creativity which differentiate you.

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  3. You have articulated into words exactly how I feel about creativity and my artwork. I absolutely love e-courses too! The fishbowl is awesome and I can't wait to learn and connect with even more artistic souls.

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  4. I always love coming over to your blog for a good read! I agree with the need for connecting with our creative source...sometimes it takes major effort on my part to clear all the "stuff" out of the way to create...other days its effortless...

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  5. Thanks for articulating these thoughts so well! I found your Blog through the fishbowl, just loving the class so far. See you there!

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  6. Hello!
    Great blog. Really wonderful!
    Found you through Soule Mama.
    I will be back!
    p.s. I will leave my link here as I can't comment with that account for some reason...
    www.applesforpoppyanne.typepad.com

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  7. love what you have to say. Both my mom and my dad always say "I'm not creative" but how is it that I am and they are not? They are but they are part of a generation that did not put much value in creativity. Value was in money making potential. Hopefully there is a universal shift in thinking now about creativity.

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  8. I am totally with you on this. Great post!

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  9. i would love to add one another as followers and link exchange! you have such a creative blog! let me know if you want to network with me!

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  10. Hi Ashley, I'm loving your blog. Can't wait to read through the archives. Thank you so much for the positive feedback in the fishbowl. That kind of affirmation has really helped this week.

    Your paintings are beautiful and so bold. And I love the free download of the "make peace with the moment" poster. I can really relate to that message.

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  11. creating for me is an appendage of me - if I do not create, then I feel limbless, heartless. wonderful post, i am enjoying the in the fishbowl course.
    pve

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  12. Hi. You translate in english what I totally think in french!!! I will add your blog to my list.

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  13. Thanks for sharing yourself in the fishbowl. I love your style.

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