Chapter 4 OVERCOMING OBSTACLES TO CREATING

I've been revisiting portions of my book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics, and am amazed at how relevant the writings are concerning my current creative journey.  Chapter 4 addresses obstacles us creative eclectics often struggle to overcome. I highlight topics such as dealing with depression (typical of the artistic temperament), …

The Creative Calling: 10 Suggestions for Overcoming Self-Doubt

"You were born to create. Never forget it! It brings joy to you and to others." My dear friend, Kristi, Zenno, sent me this encouragement after I sent her a photo of the Christmas card I'd made for my Zazzle Store. Little did she know I was struggling with doubt concerning my creative calling. The …

Depression and the Artistic Temperament

If you’re an artistic soul, then you’ve battled depression, this enemy of soul. You’ve got this light, bright side most people see and admire, and then there’s the dark place only those closest to you know you crawl into at times. Berit Grogard D.M.Sci., Ph.D.’s article, “Positives of Depression on Artistic Expression,” presents a scientific …

Live Towards the Light

Live Towards the Light is a mixed media piece that addresses the artistic soul’s dark side. Those times when cloaks of confusion, anxiety, and despair fall over your heart, mind, and soul. Depression runs in my artistic family, and I know we’re not alone. Over the years, I’ve talked to countless other creative people who struggle …

Full Wings for Full Flight

I wonder whether bouts of depression occur when an artist’s soul goes into creativity’s womb to conceive an artistic expression. Dark, damp places of soul wrap around huddled form, smothering mind with doubts, obstructing hope from filtering through a mood so somber that it makes her flinch. Then in the chrysalis of creativity, she comes to …

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