When I started out in creativity coaching, I had several clients who were juggling multiple types of creative projects. They wanted to pursue lots of creative outlets – writing, painting, photography, drawing, collage, and on their lists went – toggling back and forth among them, wherever their creative spirit took them. How they could juggle all that? I wondered why they didn’t choose one area and concentrate on that. I think I’ve figured it out.
Three years ago, after trying drawing, ceramics, collage, photography and … well, you get the idea; I decided to give writing a go again. I loved it and happily immersed myself in this, and only this. Until recently.
I am married to an artist, an oil painter of landscapes. Each week, he mixes paint and plays with shadow and light, color and composition, creating a new painting. I wanted to be able to do that. I didn’t have the desire or the skill to paint as he does, but those tubes of paint just kept calling my name. That’s when I decided to paint. After all, what was the worst that could happen? So over the past year, I have played with all those beautiful colors in abstract painting.
But I did feel guilty. Shouldn’t I be concentrating on writing? But, did I want to miss out on something that looked like a lot of fun? End of debate with self. Now I paint AND I write. What I have discovered is that I need the creative mix of them both. Moving back and forth between words and color frees my thinking, allows ideas to flow, provides a fresh perspective and gets the creative synapses firing.
Oh! Now, I understand!
© Lynn Wyvill 2011