The Creative Self: Shadows and Sunlight

Thursday, July 7, 2011

leaving Blogit for real

As a result of being very busy with other writing projects (paying gigs!), school, family and the re-vamping of my website, I have decided to quit Blogit. At least for now. I have enjoyed Blogit for many years and appreciate those who have made me feel welcome and showed an interest in my writing. I... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 13, 2011

When being creative isn't fun anymore...

There used to be a time when being creative was fun. Then it became something you did more and more frequently. People wanted your creations and/or you found you could make money with them. Then it turned into a job and became work. "Is it just me?" you ask. No. This happens to everyone with... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Trapping is NOT inhumane

Every creative person has experienced a blockage at some time in their artistic lifespan. It is inevitable. Ideally, you deal with whatever is stopping you and move forward after most of these "bumps in the road." Sometimes there is more to the stoppage than just a hindering event, though.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Join Forces with Your Creative Self and Experience Victory Together!

Using a reasonable amount of caution and combining conscious knowledge with those deep-seated primal energies, you can allow yourself to get down to the level of the inner child and start a dialog of sorts. If it frightens you too much to just dive in, dip your toes into the water first, then work... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Remove the shackles from that child!

Getting back in touch after a long absence is not necessarily going to be an overnight transition and the longer it has been the more challenging it could be. Of course it will begin differently for everyone, with experiences ranging from groping your way up out of a slippery, dimly lit cave, to... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The child as a languishing captive.

So as the free-spirited creative person begins move into young adulthood, the inner child perhaps begins to shrink back and in its place springs up the ‘average,’ ‘normal,’ even ‘righteous’ person. The pressures of ‘fitting in’ and meeting the expectations of parents, peers and society in general... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

the kidnapper revealed

So who kidnapped the inner child? How do you find them? Begin by recalling memories of early school days. So many directions started coming at you, the beginning of being fitted into a particular mold. You must do this or that, you cannot do these things. And many of those instructions were for good... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Wake up and mourn for a lost child

Many years ago, an innocent game of hide and seek turned into a massive manhunt. A bright-eyed, fun-loving innocent, colorfully clever and creative child disappeared. It didn’t happen in an instant though. It was more like the child was absorbed by some insidious process of osmosis into the web of... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 18, 2011

twisting and strrrrretching

One of my newly established creative goals is to get more exercise. That doesn't mean I will jog around while painting though. (Although... hmmm...) What I am talking about and trying to implement is an approach that causes me to reach above and beyond what I know and understand to try to take hold... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Brain Children are People too!

No matter what the medium, a good composition is a must for successful creative expression. It is important then, to understand what good composition means. Composition is an act. It is something that is done. And there is not anything that can be done without a purpose; an act of the will – which... Sign in to see full entry.

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