31 May 2013
creativity + the day job
It's not something I talk about a lot here, my day job. Because it doesn't really have anything to do with my art life. It's creative in it's own way but a total 180 from fabric and paint and thread.
But I've been reading a lot online lately about some artists feeling as if they need to defend themselves because they hold full time day jobs in addition to their art careers. As one of them, I'm troubled by this. I wonder at the idea that one artist can feel that another creative isn't fully committed because she doesn't spend her day in her studio. (And for the record, I've never been "accused" of not being a serious artist because I hold a non-art day job. This post is a response to some chatter I've been seeing online.)
Choosing to live a creative life is just that - a choice. How we carry creativity through our days varies from person to person, the key being that we carry it. We hold it around us and let it creep into the forefront at every chance it gets. Day job, family, full time artist - it all waits for those quiet moments when we can connect fully.
Being a creative means seeing the details that make your mind churn with energy.
Like bowling balls in my favorite color:
Or the look of a full moon in the pale morning sky when I leave extra early for work:
Being creative means honoring that last half an hour of my day by shutting off the tv, the computer, the iphone and pulling out my worn out journal to write about whatever I feel like.
Being creative means that I am constantly searching for the new thing that will set my spirit spinning, wanting to make something new and exciting.
Being creative means being present in my life, not letting it just happen to me. But rather standing beside it in collaboration and going along for the ride as best I can.
It has nothing to do with how I earn my money.
No matter what your circumstance may be at this given moment, be creative. In your way. And know that that is all that matters.