Archive for August, 2009
Hello my friend,
Welcome to the 2nd installment of The Creative Journey, the experience of one Charles Yerkes; Eadarian Poet, perpetuator, and otherwise mildly creative personage.
The need for balance in life has taken on new meaning for me over the past few weeks; balancing work, the need for income to pay the bills, life, and the overwhelming need for creative expression.
There are many different types of creativity and just as many ways to express this; as many different ways as there are people on the face of this earth. And everyone is creative in some fashion or the other. Even in ways that may not come to mind when the term “creative” is used. Business driven people are creative in coming up with unique solutions to business problems, scientists are creative in finding solutions to the challenges they face in their fields of study, mothers and fathers are creative in addressing the challenges of raising children. Even in the more traditional sense of the word, “creative” as in art forms, there are varying levels of creative drive and expression, each person who is artistically creative has their own level of drive and need to express. Some are very happy to be artistic occasionally, say in a class setting only, or perhaps as a hobby they participate in once in a while. Others, can no more not be artistic than they can stop breathing. The art form, no matter the medium, has taken hold of them and will not allow them not to be expressive. It will not leave them alone though they try to abandon it, try to pursue other, profitable actions, vocations; it catches them unawares and spins them around, until they once again allow the art to be released through them. Painters, photographers, storytellers, writers… any such artist will tell you the same thing. Somehow they have to be doing their art form or they never do anything at their top level. They cannot even allow it to be just an occasional hobby; though that is better than not at all. I guess a good way to say it is that there is no peace of mind until the art form has found its expression.
This is what I’m finding and have found in the past. Though now with so much potentially falling into place on the creative side, this fact has been magnified for me recently. I have not been able to do anything creative in almost a month, due to work and income requirements and it is taking its toll. Don’t get me wrong, nothing dire here or catastrophically perilous, but I’m finding I’m not running on all cylinders, if you take my meaning. Life just isn’t running as smoothly without the ability to create, write, photograph, and fiddle. I’m more tired than I should be, more… well, just out of sync. I do hope that is clearer than mud.
Balance, that is my goal this week, to get all done I need to and in doing so, find a balanced way to keep the art flowing. And in so doing, find peace of mind.
Well, have other things to do for now.
Thank you for joining me. Until next time my friend.
Live creatively and live well.
In the midst of all that is going on, I think I want to start sharing a little about what is going on. The process, if you will, the ins and the outs of trying to stay creative.
Perhaps some will find this boring. But I hope more will find it interesting, a point of connection or at the very least, a source of encouragement by letting you know that as a creative type, you are not alone.
One of the greatest setbacks in the creative life is that creativity by its very nature is a solitary activity. Whether you write, paint, photograph, act, design, sing, or any other creative pursuit, until the end product is shared, is performed, it is work of one mind isolated and alone. Yes, there are encouragers, inspirations, and people who help us stay focused, but in the raw act of creating- it is the “I” and the “I” alone that generates the art, the end product which is seen, heard, and hopefully appreciated by many.
In my particular case, this creative process has been a 20+ year process. It started as a thought, progressed into a dream, became a passion, and then it left me to grow until I was the person needed to fulfill the dream. That this took 20ish years, is sometimes frustrating, sometimes merely a matter of fact. But now that things are starting to come together for the realization of this dream, I know that really, things could not have developed any other way and the dream still be met. Not that the dream is fully realized yet, but currently I am well on the way. Just a little more patience…
Next time I’ll tell you how it all started, and perhaps we’ll progress to the winding twisting road that the pursuit of this dream has taken me on. Perhaps even touching on why I do it; why I pursue this dream after so long a waiting period.
Until then my friend,
Live creatively; live well.