Friday, January 14, 2011

On Artists Block and Creativity

These are excerpts from The Artists Way Every Day By Julia Cameron, that I found  thought provoking

~Blocked artists are not lazy. They are blocked. Do not call the inability to start laziness.Call it fear.

~A creative recovery is a healing process. You may slide backwards. This is normal. Growth occurs in spurts.

~An Artists Date is an excursion,a play date that you preplan and defend against all interlopers. You do not take anyone on this Artists Date but you and your inner artist, a.k.a. your creative child.  You cannot afford not to find time for Artists Dates.

~Creativity occurs in the moment,and in the moment we are timeless,  We discover that as we engage in a creative recovery.  "I felt like a kid," we may say after a satisfying Artist Date.  Kids are not self conscious, and once we are actually in the flow of our creativity,neither are we.

~It is never too late to start over.  It is never past the point of no return for our artist to recover.

~As artist must have downtime, time to do nothing.  Defending our right to such time take courage,conviction, and resiliency.Such time,space,and quiet will strike our family and friends as a withdrawal from them. It is. For an artist,withdrawal is necessary. Without it,the artist in us feels vexed, angry, out of sorts.  If such deprivation continues, our artist becomes sullen,depressed, hostile.  We expect our artist artist to be able to function without giving it what it needs to do so. An Artist requires the healing of time alone.

That is all for today/tonight/this morning.
Beehave,Bee free, Bee forgiving


  1. Great quotes.

    I have to laugh because people can't believe I have time to scrapbook with all the fiber arts I create. They don't realize that I need that downtime from spinning, knitting, weaving and all around fiber and scrapbooking is how I do it.

    Rock on! Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

  2. ha I read-mostly doll books and doll patterns :} Or I spin knit or dye :} kinda opposite eh ? hugs Hon!!