Tame – Changed from natural wilderness to a manageable state. (American Heritage Dictionary)
The above definition will serve the tone of this post. As creatives we have an abundance of inspiration flowing, and many times, this same flow overwhelms our creative spirit. A person who seems to have many talents, or ways in which this flow of inspiration is expressed may find it difficult to focus on one talent, thus making it challenging to grow or develop a talent further. A multi-creative spirit may find itself in creative chaos at a particular moment becoming a bit confused as where to focus the intention to create. A writer may feel the need to pursue painting or photography, or any other artistic interest, pulling himself/herself away from the writing career that he/she is following. Many times, this burst of creative passion leads to doubt as to what path to follow. A person may be talented in many areas, however as human beings we live within the constrictions of a material world ruled by time and space, making it difficult to create as much as we wish to, and leaving us in creative exhaustion, spreading ourselves too thin, and eventually opening a door to frustration. So, what is a multi-creative spirit to do?
Focus seems to be the answer. Whether you are great at writing or painting or many more creative venues is not the issue here, but how to manage your creative state in a way that leaves you feeling outside of creative chaos, more fulfilled, and with a clear vision. It is fine to love all your talents and feel equally passionate about them, however one of them will need to be placed first in your fulfillment scale. Prioritizing next the rest of your passions. You may want to dedicate more time developing and growing as a writer, while enjoying your painting as a hobby or as a secondary source of income or fulfillment and not necessarily tied to your income, to present an example. This will take the pressure of the need to be “great” at every talent or perform 100 percent in all, at all times. It brings to mind the adage, “Jack of all trades, master of none.”
As we live, we evolve, and so do our interests and passions. Wanting to excel in all our creative passions/interests might feel natural; however, when we learn to tame our multi-creative spirit it might lead to a better use of our talents, less frustration, and peace of mind, thus a more relaxed state of being that becomes fertile ground for inspiration to flow without the natural constraints that we put on it. In the end, it may work to our advantage and facilitate a state of creativity that leads to mindful fulfillment and nourishing of the creator in us. In this way we respect our gifts, as well as our creative self, and ultimately, the Creator and Giver of it all.
As part of today’s celebration, I have a treat for you, a visual treat that is. We are celebrating the art of CGPirate, a blog that will blow your senses. There is something mesmerizing about the artist’s work, as well as captivating, intriguing, and well, awesome. The art that you will find here is full of the unexpected, and I love that.
One of my favorite pieces on the blog is this one called Where is the Boat, and you can see it here . Oddly, the absent of color dominates this one, compared to other work on the website that explodes with color. I love many of the artist’s pieces; his work is full of energy, color, and “suspended movement,” because I have no other phrase to describe it.
I invite you to check out CGPirate for a CG visual feast. It is truly wonderful. Enjoy!
Happy Watercolors Friday!
Today I am very happy to dedicate our celebration to a very special Artist – Anne Rymer. Anne is also the owner of BOOCRAFT, and she resides in Cornwall, UK. I love her paintings and I have acquired some of them. Her watercolors are full of magic, happy days, and I totally love the unexpected whimsical details in them, as well as the colors she uses. One of the things I love about her paintings is that there is always movement in her subjects and landscapes – from cats and witches, to country folk, to seaside and rivers … Her inspiration is the rich history of the lovely Cornwall, a place that seems magical. Her favorite poem is “Warning” by Jenny Joseph. Instead of me telling you her story, I will share with you what she has to say,
“Cornwall is my inspiration. Through my artist’s eye I try to portray the magical atmosphere of this beautiful part of England. A lady from America wrote to me that she wished she could live in one of my paintings! I suppose that is how I feel when I’m being creative, I go into the picture completely and It is an alternative world!
My home is so high up the buzzards fly past level with my window! This is where I paint, in my studio that overlooks the beautiful Tamar valley. There is an old church in the middle distance and patchworks of fields and ancient woodlands that stretch across the valley. Through this the River Tamar winds its way past Morwellham Quay, this is where the “Edwardian Farm” was filmed last year.
I am forever bringing home hurt little creatures. I even once had a large raven with a damaged wing, which eventually flew away. It stayed with me quite happily while it recovered. I think they must know they can trust folk like us.” – Anne Rymer
I want to share with you pictures of some of the paintings I acquired from the Artist. If you want to see more of her work, you may visit her shop BOOCRAFT.
I thank Anne Rymer for her time, and for being my guest today.
Happy Watercolors Friday everyone! I hope that you enjoyed today’s celebration, and please, take a little time to view more of her awesome art. – it is mesmerizing 🙂
Note: Anne’s shop will be shut from next Sunday May 5th until Monday May 13th.