Art Explorations, Life Inspirations

Creative expression

Green summer greenWe had an enjoyable dinner with some new friends last night and the bulk of our conversation centered around our individual struggles with creative expression.  All four of us are self-employed successfully working our cerebral professions – and feeling happy that we have them – yet we each have a form of art that we are longing to create.  We each are practicing the art, more or less, yet still there is this deep longing and a confusion of time & money management that hangs over our heads.  Ultimately D said it best, that creative expression is not fully realized until it is shared.

In that spirit, let me share a link on this topic.  It arrived in my in-box this AM and I think it is one of the most profound articles on the creative process that I have read, describing the artistic need to create and how to balance it against a culture that tells us we need to monetize everything.  From “On money, fear, and the artist”for you D – enjoy!

Sharing my art work above: painted, printed, stitched and stretched cotton.  SOLD in private collection.  Jane Balshaw

2 thoughts on “Creative expression”

  1. Great dinner, great company! I love the link, Jane. The audit scenario gave me a chuckle. So much to mull over — tension between fear and fearlessness; being in motion is what matters; creative expression as a free gift; etc. I feel like I’m so new at this dance of being an artist, I’m just nibbling around the edges. I wonder what it would look and feel like to really dive in, head first, no hesitation.


    1. I think you again said it well that being in motion is what matters. I like the analogy that my mother coined of “keeping my tap shoes on” so I can be prepared to do that dance. What would it look like? When I have been there I look a mess because I am so out of body!! “crazy artist”. 🙂 I highly recommend it!


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