Saturday, June 21, 2008

Courage to Create

A number of years ago I was struck by a comment made by Carole King, the great sixties songwriter. I can't remember it exactly, but it was something along the lines of "to be an artist one has to allow themselves to be vulnerable ... they must be willing to reveal their insides for the world to see."

There seems to be no end to the ways in which an artist/creative can be described. But one thing is certain, the truly creative spirit who is living their life from that vantage point, must be willing to be considered eccentric, daring, outlandish, odd, etc.

Einstein said, "If at first and idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it." Philosopher Bertrand Russell offered this advice: "Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric." And might I add, those "once eccentric" ideas include the wheel, cars, planes, democracy, computers, the list goes on and on.

It takes great courage to express original ideas. Those who dare to be daring are certain to meet with opposition and criticism. The German philosopher Schopenhauer wrote, "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

Artists go where others fear to tread. "It's the artists who find ways to express what the rest of us feel but cannot say or even imagine. If you ever wondered what artists are good for, this is it: they make us fuller and better human beings ... Art answers a basic need to find meaning in our lives ... Words, images and music can move the soul, and when souls are stirred mighty things can happen ... Art speaks of freedom, risk and the triumph of the individual."

- - Matt Schudel, Arts Writer, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

1 comment:

Catherine Behan said...

Hi Susan,

I am so glad to find your blog! I am an artist who didn't even life a brush until I was 48.

I am 55 now and I still struggle to create without the inner critic picking on me to much. At least I can turn the volume down now.

I also know that finding emotional healing from a tumultuous childhood freed my Inner Artist and for that, I am incredibly grateful.

I look forward to being a part of your community as I really do feel like an artist...more every day!

Catherine