While surfing about this morning, I happened upon a great list of quotes on art, artists, and creativity. I selected some of my faves for you here. Many creative people struggle with their fit in society, whether socially, career-wise, or in terms of their values versus what they see as the predominant cultural values. Maybe these quotes can offer a little reassurance and encouragement.
"Becoming an artist is about developing a dialogue between what you are communicating and what you’re absorbing from your surroundings." - John Ferrie
I have also thought of creativity as my own conversation with life. It's how I talk to myself about what I think life is about, what questions I have, what the view looks like from here, what I believe. The actual process of that creation opens my eyes and ears more, as in a conversation.
You get something out of your head that you are sure you believe in, or sure you feel. As you put it on the page, very often something shifts. You become less certain of the certainties and more clear-headed where you had doubts before. You reply to that, creatively, after it's steeped a bit inside you and alchemy has happened. Then you put that out on the page, canvas, or some other medium. Eventually, the process repeats itself. Every time you go through the cycle it gets deeper and more interesting.
"Poets and painters are outside the class system, or rather they constitute a special class of their own, like the circus people and the Gipsies." - Gerald Brenan
Ah! Someone has finally explained a mystery to me! A few years ago, my husband Scott and I were in a grocery store picking up something for an office party. It was about 7:30 a.m. and we were dressed for work (hospital psychologists). A man in the checkout line turned around and said, "I'm sorry, but I just have to ask. Are you members of a theatre troupe or something?"