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Creating Your World

A few days ago my daughter called and said she found an outlet for some of my jewelry. Lately, painting has taken the place of my jewelry designing because I have a dresser drawer full of necklaces, earrings, and bracelets just lying dormant. So I was excited a tanning salon wanted to take my creations and sell them. Christmas is coming, after all. The store I had my jewelry displayed downtown closed over a year ago, so I pretty much abandoned my jewelry efforts.That is not to say my paintings are flying off the wall. I’ve found one idea leads to another, then another, and another. Before long, my creative endeavors almost move me out of my house!

I may never sell a painting, but I challenge myself by trying new techniques and practice things like perspective, which I really haven’t mastered yet. The best part is when my artist friend Marie critiques my creations and makes suggestions to improve what I’ve done. Constructive criticism is part of the creative process, so grow a thick skin and ask for it.

I’ve always enjoyed crafting but like everything I seem to take on, I am prolific. I’ve written eight novels and many short stories. I’m working on two more books, too. This is my 482nd blog — and I took a year off.

But I have to do these things. Creating is the reason we are all put here. Really. Maybe you don’t create “art” or “literature” but most people pick something to enrich their soul. My creating keeps me thinking. I hate foggy days (not the weather). When I feel sluggish, I pick up one of my creative outlets and just do it. Nobody has to push me to move into the creative side of me, and before I know it, the fog has lifted and I can go on to tackle more mundane activities like cleaning, paying bills, or cooking the evening meal.

If you don’t indulge your creative side, you’re missing the boat. Pick something you might enjoy. Try it. And if you don’t like the activity, try something else. Creating is in human DNA. You need to express this part to make you whole. Tell me about your creative outlets. I’d love to hear about them.

 

When Being “Good” is Enough

Rarely do I watch afternoon talk shows, but yesterday a singer I have long admired appeared on Katie Couric’s TV show.  Barbra Streisand made a rare public appearance, and I wanted to hear what she had to say. Her topic was about heart disease in women. Along with a woman doctor they discussed how the symptoms of heart attack are very different in women than in men. The point was also made that more women die from heart attack than from cancer. Good to know, but that’s not what I really want to discuss today with you.

As the discussion progressed, Barbra talked about a new song that she had written called, “Being Good Isn’t Good Enough.” I wish I had the lyrics to share, but I don’t. Sorry. But the comment struck me sideways.

“Good” is not a word I would use to describe Barbara. Fantastic. Awesome. Phenomenal. Unbelievable. Voice of an Angel. Now those are words I would use to describe this terrific singer, who I tried to emulate when I used to sing on stage. But nobody is as “good” as her.

I found it curious that a woman, who has achieved so much in her life — winning many Grammies, an Oscar and even a Tony award, would see herself only as “good.” And I don’t think this is a case of false pride. I truly think that she thinks shes only “good.”

In a way, her attitude freed me because I’ve always been good at something, not great. I strive and strive to be my best in everything I do, but I only achieve “good.” Perhaps it’s part of the artist soul, huh?

But knowing  Barbra Streisand feels that way, I’m going to relax and just continue to write my blogs, stories and my novels and I’m not going to worry about whether they will shake up the literary world. Or perhaps I’ll try writing a song entitled,  Being Good is Really Good Enough.