Restoring your creative power
Restoring your creative power after losing may seem daunting. You may have allowed someone else to get under your skin, and in turn, you have relinquished your power of creativity.
The revolving door here at the Studios used to bring in all kinds of people every week, many of whom are at odds with their creativity. Many creatives are indeed very angry, and some are deeply depressed. Most of these creatives are affected by what others have said to them or have heard what is being said about them.
What’s the short answer
The simple answer is to stop listening to what others say about you and your work. Just keep forging ahead without paying attention to your surroundings.
Looking for other answers
Many people come to the studios to discover how I have managed to stay the course and keep working in the face of great adversity. I have already survived three periods of economic recession and now Covid -19. You may even assume that I hold some well-guarded secret or assume that I am living off a significant other’s salary because they think an artist cannot make any money.
The truth is that I owe a debt of gratitude to my current significant other, my teachers, mentors, and those who have purchased my work and the people who take my art classes. I hold no secret, and my creativity pays for itself. This life has chosen me. I owe a debt of gratitude to my true friends who have always been there for me, unconditionally, even in the toughest of times.
I believe that the fact that I was on my own at an extremely young age has played a significant part in keeping me at the easel. After all, It is one of the few things in life that I can control. The space in front of my easel is my holy ground. It is where I stand on this planet. As a teenager, I quickly learned not to trust anyone over the age of thirty because inevitably, these individuals wanted something from me that I was unwilling to give.
In the same way, now in my fifties, I have extended the age bracket for me to be wary of. Similarly, some people always seem to be some kind of agenda, some scheme or plan. Many seem to want everything for free. There is an assumption that an artist will give away his or her knowledge, work, and contacts for free. Likewise, some people show up at the studios empty-handed with no intention of paying, sharing or giving anything in return. Their agenda only benefits them, and assume that I am OK with it because, after all, I am blessed with their presence. It happens so frequently that I have become accustomed to these behaviours. Sorry, it won’t happen.
I have learned that you have to protect your creativity at all costs and that I need to focus on my own work. Consequently, I am not interested in what other artists are saying about me. Gossiping doesn’t do anyone any good especially creative people. For example, many artist circles are rife with small-minded individuals with an axe to grind. In the same way, as a very young art student, I learned to keep my head down and keep creating my paintings and drawings.
Most ama-artists believe that they need chaos and drama in their lives to feed their creativity. They do everything in their power to keep their lives in turmoil, thinking that it is suffering and chaos that feeds their work. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Doing the work, the real work, requires peace. Doing the work requires shelter from the storms that rage outside the studio or workspace.
If an artist is continually focused on survival, relationship problems, money problems, nothing good will ever dance from beneath his or her hand. I have learned to ignore the stupidity of others and focus on the work and only the work. Let the work take you away from it all. The work is your salvation.
I frequently tell people that art-making has saved my life. I am *grateful*.
Today’s Inspirational Quote
“When we are angry or depressed in our creativity, we have misplaced our power. We have allowed someone else to determine our worth, and then we are angry at being undervalued.”
~ Julia Cameron ~
About the drawing above
Title: Quick Study
Size: 10.5 x 13.8 inches
Medium: Mixed media on paper