by Helen C. Read | Posted 1/13/09 | Updated 7/1/21
"You must never think you will fail." —Georgia O'Keeffe
In a season when difficulties are breeding a sense of fear that seems to permeate our culture, the artist may well ask, "how can I continue to create and to grow and to sustain my creative spirit?" I suspect that many of us face this as we look at the reality of current challenges, and it's easy to find ourselves being swept up by the energy that surrounds us.
What can we do, as artists, to maintain a creative spirit and continue to create and grow in our craft? The creative spirit within cannot be allowed to atrophy or to disappear; it is essential to how we have been created!
When surrounded by gloomy news, I have taken a few steps that have been essential to my artistic spirit. Perhaps they will be of help to others, as well. I have also found that the following order of steps is significant.
Then, continue the cycle! Recommit. Continue to pray. Keep thinking of new ideas. Don't stop trying!
Who knows what might be? None of us knows what the future might hold. However, we all have the choice of seeing the glass half-empty or half-full. For myself, I'm choosing to see the glass half-full, waiting for the other half to be filled with new ideas, new possibilities, new creative works that are waiting to take form.
This attitude of "what might be" takes us much farther down the road of adventure and success than being stuck in the reality of "what is." Perhaps another word for this could be faith. As artists, we need this quality of spirit. But just as significantly, in this particular time, our culture needs this from us as well.
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Helen Read graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in art and received a Masters of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University. She lives in the Midwest where she is an artist, writer, parent, and high school teacher. ...