|An artist feels vulnerable to begin with; and yet the only|
answer is to recklessly discard more armour. - Eric Maisel
I am not tired of the above quote by creativity coach Eric Maisel, but sometimes I do become weary of the truth it expresses. The fact that being an artist requires me to be vulnerable is definitely something I struggle with. However, when I read this quote I realize that resisting it is futile and off the "armour" goes which, though scary, is also liberating.
|Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.|
- Erich Fromm
I love this Erich Fromm quote because I actually find it a huge relief to realize I don't have to have everything figured out all the time. In fact, not knowing what the hell I'm doing can sometimes be an asset to my creativity if I just have the courage to experiment and let go of the outcome.
|The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt. - Sylvia Plath|
|The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful|
state which makes art inevitable. - Robert Henri
|The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. - Julia Cameron|
Why am I not tired of this quote? Let me answer that question with another one: Why do I keep forgetting this? Really, I can't be reminded enough of this simple but transformative bit of wisdom. Thank you Julia Cameron!
Do you have a favorite quote on art or creativity? Please feel to share in the comments below.
Thanks for reading and happy creating!
Peace, Love and Art,