I’m happy to announce that I will be hosting another Creative Critique—Live session this coming…
Creativity is an act of courage. If it’s not, then nothing of value is being communicated. At least that’s always how I’ve tried to approach my work as a photographer, a musician (in a past life), and a writer. In fact, it’s what convinced me that it was ok to call myself an artist.
That didn’t come easily. I resisted that term for a long time because it sounded lofty, an ideal I couldn’t possibly live up to. But slowly I learned what it really means to be an artist, something I didn’t fully understand before.
I’ve learned that as an artist, what matters most is not how good the art is, but rather that I’m living a creative life. That’s the thing that keeps me going, keeps me inspired, makes me feel I’m using my precious time wisely.
If an artist must create, then that’s what I am, because it’s been the single driving force in my life. What I create changes, evolves, is sometimes fleeting and other times more permanent. But it’s really irrelevant to the act of creating, which is where the drive continuously leads me.
I think that’s why I write, and photograph, and draw, and teach. Each practice opens another door, or leads me further down the unknown path I must explore. But that’s what I enjoy the most—the surprise, the experience, the knowing that I’m doing exactly what I must do—for myself and more importantly for others.
You could say that an artist is someone who has made creativity a habit. What results from the habit is sometimes good, sometimes disappointing. Every once in a while there’s a spark and a creative fire takes hold.
The habit is where we can discover what it means to be an artist. It’s where your purpose is born. Do you have a creative habit?
“Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.” – John Cleese