In talking with you this week, I am much more at peace about my creative style … or should I say variety of styles. I am grateful for your sharing of my journey. I am happy enough for now to stick with my colorful, whimsical and uplifting styles – internally there is a cohesiveness. Painting is the key for me right now.
Abstract Design VI, Digital Â© Diane Clancy
Locally, the CDC (Community Development Corporation) featured a business class for artists last fall. Many types of artists were there – painters, photographers, writers, installation artists, musicians and more. I had been hoping for mostly visual artists because I thought they would be the ones I would have more in common with.
Instead there was an incredible wealth and variety of experience and paths. It was extremely helpful to see that we are each carving out our own path in harmony with our creative needs and practical necessities. We could each share our own ideas, and methods and out of that came an incredibly fertile cross-fertilization.
We discovered in the class that we all had a lot to learn (we already knew that!) but we also realized that we all had valuable insights and experiences. We also found out that there are many resources that can help us but common sense and persistent would take us quite the distance.
My feeling grounded and ok about myself and my own process allow me to hear and absorb others’ help. When I start feeling doubtful and judgemental about myself, my life and my work, it is a distraction from getting on with life. But also part of life – I want to be in balance. The upshot is that once again, I need to listen to the experience and advice of others and listen to my internal intuition.
Thank you for sharing this week’s journey with me as I sorted out how I am and how I want to be in relationship with my painting.
~ Diane Clancy