I am not comfortable with the general consensus that artistry & anguish like creativity & suffering go hand-in-hand.
I don’t believe that all creative work must come from the internalized torment of the modern contemporary artist.
I believe the myth of the “struggling” artist is simply that- a dangerous assumption.
Creative minds are alive and vibrant and charged with energy.
The Hard Easy.
The creative process unveiled.
– creativity rarely behaves rationally but it does take discipline
– inspiration can spark at the strangest moments
– it can sometimes feel downright paranormal
– sometimes it comes like a thunderous train of error
– and often we sweat, labor and barrel through it awkwardly
– at times our sources sometimes are completely unidentifiable
– inspiration can shock in an elusive and tantalizing way, sprinkled with anxiety.
– the (creative) work can be as dark as ever
– it can be the strange external thing that speaks to you from the sky or lit from within –something impossible, magical and a glimpse of God.
The most extraordinary aspects of your being are not coming from you, they are flowing through you.
Inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of The Signature of All Things: A Novel
Read The War of Art for more understanding about struggling through the creative process.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles