Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
I have absolutely no idea WHY I’m driven to express myself – my innermost thoughts and feelings about the world we live in, and my place in it through writing, photography, mixed media and the occasional painting. It’s like I have this empty void inside me that has to be filled via some medium for self expression. I have this constant desire to put pen to paper, camera to my eye and brush to canvas.
Weird thing is, I really don’t know WHY I have this constant itch to communicate through my writing, photography and art. Life would feel incomplete if I didn’t write, photograph and create in some way. It’s something deep down inside of me that screams (begs) to come out – emerge from my innermost being – that artist within me. I can’t keep it from surfacing nor hold it back – it takes on a life of its own and I have to just go with it when that creative tsunami takes hold. I’m not alone though…I’m in good company because artists through the ages like Giotto, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse and Jackson Pollock were also driven to express themselves through art too.
Van Gogh Painting Sunflowers
Jackson Pollock “Jack the Dripper” Action Painting
We are all artists to some extent – everyone wants to leave their mark and/or communicate (express themselves) in some way. It may be through cooking, gardening, painting, writing, scrap booking, pottery, sewing or even home brewing. I can’t imagine not writing, photographing or even blogging for any long period of time. It’s who I am and what I do as a creative being. The creative process challenges me every waking moment because I have to carve TIME around my real “paying” job to do what I love and that is expressing myself through some type of art form. It doesn’t really matter if it is composing an interesting photograph, writing in my journal or blog or working on a new mixed media piece. Its in the conceptual and creative process that feeds and nurtures the artist within me. It’s in the creative journey that brings me joy, not so much the finished work hanging on a wall or published in a book.
What feeds you? What nurtures your creative spirit? I’m interested to know.