Have you ever wondered just what makes you creative? What drives you from the inside? Why not everyone wants to a book? (Instead of just most people.)
One of my extra passions is to paint. I’m not very good at it. I don’t practice enough. I spend a lot of time at art museums, but I don’t study systematically. Part of me says, nor should you spend time on art when you should be spending even more time writing—or, since I DO spend lots of time writing—marketing.
However, occasionally I let myself run with the desire to play with color. Last summer I had the chance to teach in Orvieto, Italy. While I was there I was lucky enough to have a terrace. A neighbor’s cat, however, also thought the terrace was his. Very funny. I got revenge on him by taking at least a hundred photos (same cat!). I also started painting him. And when he wasn’t available, I painted the terrace. I painted the clock tower that constantly reminded me of the time. (Yes, a bit annoying to have that constant reminder.)
Even though I only did a few watercolors over the course of the whole five weeks (I had several visitors who came to stay with me—that’s what happens when you have an apartment in Italy), I enjoyed those brief dalliances into another art form.
Now that I’m back in the States, once again I’m juggling writing with the day job. I haven’t given myself the luxury to draw a single thing, much less paint something. But as I was finally putting away the last items from my trip, I was reminded how much I enjoyed this additional creative outlet.
What about yourselves? Do you limit yourself to writing to save time? Do you grant yourself additional creative space? Do you wonder if you should focus your time or if, like a true Leonardo da Vinci, you find that the best way to get better at one thing is to do something complimentary?
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