|Art Journal page, May 2014|
I haven't gotten too far in Eric Maisel's Fearless Creating because there's so much "do" involved. I'm not into copious list making these days, pushing through barriers, keeping myself on track, nose to the grindstone. There are other creativity books that haven't worked for me either, Twyla Tharp's The Creative Habit for one. Perhaps these prescriptive tracts are what separate the Big A Artists from the garden variety people living creative lives, folks like me. I just can't get it up these days.
Julia Cameron's The Sound of Paper has suggested tasks with each essay, but I'm not compelled to do them for the most part. Lists, again. Stuff I already did eons ago, at the other end of my adult life. Overall, though, this book takes a much more gentle approach to coddling one's creative soul. And I'm looking a lot more closely at the gestalt of my life as a creative (ad)venture rather than merely focusing on my output of stuff made.
I think I have a more creative mind than I've allowed myself to believe in the past. Call it imagination, I guess. If I can imagine myself doing things, painting for instance, is it really necessary to actually do them?? I don't know.
Anyway, I appreciated your comments on Monday's post about being lazy. Lazy is a judgment, and I'm letting it go. I'm exactly where I am these days, which is exactly where I should be. Whatever happens, happens. All that exists is the life I'm living right now. No complaints.
Have a great day! xo