I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about how the creative life is one that is not very straightforward and steady for me. Everything seems to go in waves and a little extremely so.
The same happens with my social life. Some days I feel like talking and visiting with everyone I know and then I can go for days just wanting to be in my studio and not talk to a soul aside from Daniel.
When I mentioned this to Anne (El Milagro Studio), she forwarded me a link, which ultimately led me to this post by Juliet Bruce on understanding creative people. Juliet mentions a quote by creativity scholar Mihaly Csikszentmilhalyi that reads:
“If there is one word that makes creative people different from others, it is the word complexity. Instead of being an individual, they are a multitude. Like the color white that includes all colors, they tend to bring together the entire range of human possibilities within themselves. Creativity allows for paradox, light, shadow, inconsistency, even chaos –and creative people experience both extremes with equal intensity.”
Acrylic painting on 12 x 24 inch wrapped canvas
In that spirit, Hope is happily finished and I am already on to the next painting, same long format. If it turns out the way I envision it, it'll be quite beautiful and different yet again.
For now I wish you great creativity in whatever you are doing!!