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.