Owning The Artist In All Of Us

July 28, 2014 at 4:33 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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“When I say artist I mean the one who is building things … some with a brush – some with a shovel – some choose a pen.” – Jackson Pollock

Last week I once again heard the two extremes of owning the artist in all of us from students I was working with. One girl enthusiastically exclaimed that she was an artist, listing all the creative endeavours that she enjoys, while the other girl, cold faced, despaired at how ‘bad’ she was at art. One of these outlooks owns and celebrates the process of creating, while the other judges and stifles an expressive contribution before it has even begun.

”Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” – Steven Pressfield

Too often we sell out our creativity and all the gifts it provides us and others in our lives. I’m just not creative! I don’t have time for that stuff! I like things to be and look perfect! It’s just too messy! But whether we like it or not, we are all creative beings. It is not about comparing or judging our expressive contribution against another, it is about owning and celebrating the artist that lives inside and letting it speak through empowered thoughts, words and actions that make a difference in our own or others lives.

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” – Neil Gaiman

Do you find the idea of creativity freeing? confining? vital? a luxury? who you are? leave it for someone else? What about the idea that you are an artist, regardless of how your expressive contribution shows up in your life? How many ‘things’ in your life have you assigned meaning to that if they were looked at in a different way could make a difference in how you interact with self, others and the world around you?

“Art is not a thing, it is a way.” – Elbert Hubbard

So as you consider your own canvas that is life, what choices are you making about where your brushstrokes touch and leave their mark? Enjoy becoming more mindful this week about where creativity is showing up in your days and exploring ways that you can open yourself up to hear and act on a truly human calling to express ourselves fully.

“Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.” – Terri Guillemets

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