Mark on Walking the Creative Tightrope

The creative personality has quite a tightrope to walk.  On one side, there is the solitary artist who longs to create alone and in introspection, only longing to bring their art to the planet. On the other side is the natural curiosity and wanderlust of the artist, craving like a hungry beast, the inspiration and energy of the world through communication, travel, research, and experiences.

One is not better than the other, both are equal in scope, and essential.  Yet as we know it is next to impossible to crate in chaos and constant emotional or physical movement.  It is also difficult, if not totally unimaginable, to try to be creative in a work bubble.

How can you create good art, fine work, and indulge peek imagination when you’re constantly at play?  And how does your art and craft get new breath and energy if you’re always at work?   It is striking the balance between your art and your life that will not only make you a better artist and craftsman, but also a better person.

Of course, you must make time for the serious and solitary creation of your art, but not without also making time to find life’s joy.  Find ways to combine the business of your art with the pleasure of your world.  What kind of amusement today will move your art forward tomorrow?   And what have you learned from yesterday’s play that you can integrate into your art”work” today?

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6 Comments on “Mark on Walking the Creative Tightrope”

  1. Zoed Vega
    June 27, 2011 at 3:39 AM #

    After listening to Claude Larson on your show this past Wednesday and now reading this, it kind of helps you put things into perspective. But I do need to take more time in my sewing room or should I say my studio? Will see… 😉
    Thanks Mark.


    • June 27, 2011 at 3:51 AM #

      Just remember all of this is “process” not hard-and-fast goal. There is as much to be learned from the journey as there is in the creation of your creative results. xooxm


  2. June 27, 2011 at 6:23 AM #

    Should I write, transcribe notes into the computer, bead, read or cross-stitch? Heaven forbid, I do dishes or clean! You’re right, there are not enough hours in the day, but isn’t it great that you have so many fun things to do?

    Thanks for your positive thoughts, sweetie. Off to buy some color pencils or markers to draw in my blank books for another distraction!


  3. Linda Kelly
    June 27, 2011 at 7:11 AM #

    On Bark Point Road in Herbster, WI where I live, each August there is an “Art Walk” – much like what Claude talked about on your program. Folks are welcomed into the various artist studios along the road in kindof an open house manner for one day. We’ve lived out here for about 8 years, but I haven’t been able to participate in the walk due to other obligations, but after hearing Claude on your program, I’m going to make it a point to schedule that day for “me” and use the walk to make a connection with the other artists and creative folk in my area!


  4. June 27, 2011 at 7:58 AM #

    Oh, YES, the essential question about creating – how to keep the creative wells filled and still find time to create. 🙂 I love the cartoon – many, many days I end up feeling exactly like that tightrope walker – grounded.

    🙂 Linda


  5. Zoed Vega
    June 27, 2011 at 9:50 AM #

    oh am sure..


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