PERSIST 11: In Praise of the Creative Spirit in a World Gone Mad with Commerce

This is the 11th and final installment in a series of PERSIST: In Praise of the Creative Spirit in a World Gone Mad with Commerce by Peter Clothier.


When confronted with the unknown, different and strange, how does one cope?  Clothier: “I have always had one way to deal with whatever pokes an unwelcome finger into previously unexplored places of the psyche and leaves me outraged or nonplussed: I write about it.”  I draw, paint, write, research, and reflect.  The best path is to stay positive and not get negative or scared.

A unknown factor to artists is money.  It becomes a love/hate relationship between artist and art.  As a result, it’s a duel between devotion and necessity.  For example, a sold painting or acceptance into a show can be validation.  But does it pay the bills?  Clothier: “Not for all, perhaps, but for the vast majority of us, the rewards are anything but financial.”

Perhaps the giveaway is inevitable…


A Final Word

How does one clear the mind’s clutter?  Clothier: “It feels right to conclude with one more that I find to be a useful and reliable way to get back to center, clear the mind of rubbish, and open up the flow of creativity.”  He states the example of meditation as a tool to expand creativity.  For me, it’s taking a long walk near the water, feeling the breeze on my face, and inhaling the fresh air.

The final word?  Breathe.  It might just lead you to bliss.

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