Since my last post before the hiatus, I have more than accomplished what I set out to do. I finished five paintings, the last edits on the manuscript, a trip home and a trip to the Ozarks. Not bad!
I have learned that, for me, writing and painting are both necessary for creative fulfillment. I seem to get more accomplished when I feed both – although not at the same time! It swings like a pendulum and I try to keep up.
My friend and artist, Anita Stephenson, shared a book with me by the well known author and ‘writing guru’, Natalie Goldberg. The book is called “Living Color, A Writer Paints Her World”. Goldberg talks about how she tried to stop painting in order to focus on mastering her first passion – writing. Through the process she discovers how much her writing is assisted by her other creative outlet and that the expression and tools of art help her to see into her writing.
What both of these occupations have in common is the need to observe – one with the eye, the other with the mind’s eye translated into words.
So I have a question for artists and other creatives out there – musicians, writers, performing artists:
Do you have a single creative passion? Or is your creativity fed like the system of a binary star – with two or more ‘feeds’? (Just to clear up what I mean – do you have more than one creative OUTPUT and do they feed each other?)
So what about this painting? (Hidden, 8×10, acrylic on linen)
This one is of the “White House” in Ufford, Muskoka. Yes, the house in this composition is not white, but I think it is because the porch is missing. The walls above it and all around are white! Ken Veitch grew up in the is house and the story of my visit there is coming up in my book. There is a blog post on the visit from November 2009.