|Recent collage postcard on Gelli print background|
Reading just a tad further in Eric Maisel's Fearless Creating, he essentially says that creating art of any kind is a balancing act of one's tolerance for anxiety.
Artists who are actively working and/or deeply engaged in the creative process experience more anxiety when they're NOT working. The anxiety of not working keeps these artists moving forward.
People who are in fallow periods, those who are blocked in some way, folks who spend more time thinking about making art than actually making it, experience more anxiety when they DO work. It's simply less anxiety-producing to not work.
So it's a trade off. How much anxiety do you feel comfortable with? I know I don't handle anxiety well in my life in general. Which is why I shy away from working unless I'm experiencing some out-of-the-blue streak of mojo. Which is rare these days.
I have a feeling the trait of personally handling anxiety goes way back in our lives. I think it's a skill we learn early on, or we don't...depending on a lot of things. Not that we can't nurture the ability; I do believe we can. The questions become ~ "Do I need to? "Do I want to?" "Is it important enough for me to do to put myself through the anxiety of taming my anxiety?"
Today, I don't think so. But tomorrow's another day.