8 creative insights I only uncovered after being interviewed
I recently did an interview with the lovely folks over at Crush magazine (who by the way create drool worthy recipe shoots) about my miniature painting journey, the 365 challenge and what it means to be creative daily.
I was surprised to discover that being interviewed can open up a lot of clarity about your own process. Questions you never ask yourself reveal aspects of the deeper ‘why’ in your journey that were, up until that moment, even hidden from you.
Here are my eight quick take aways from the interview that taught me something I didn’t know I had learnt through the process of painting daily.
1. Everything is far richer and more effortless to create and sustain if we cultivate a symbiosis.
2. Your art doesn’t have to please everyone. There are literally different (brush) strokes for different folks.
3. Making it as an artist will be tough but I would rather climb this mountain than sit behind a desk never having even tried. I have to believe that my hiking boots are made of the right stuff to climb my own mountains. If we have innate talents, then we also have the innate strengths to see those into fruition.
Photography by Ashly Newell
4. Nature is it. It’s the beginning and the end of us. She’s our greatest teacher. A silent and all-knowing one at that, who waits for us to find her.
“As they say – no mud no lotus. So even the lows become highs if you’re accepting of what is.“
5. Having a sense of momentum and purpose was powerfully focusing.
6. A self-belief in what you can accomplish if you do it mindfully and constantly looking for the learning curve – that’s been invaluable.
7. The people in your life who love and care for you, really do want to support you. They get reward out of helping you achieve your thing.
8. I know the painting is done when it’s looking back at me. It reaches a place when it suddenly has a little life of its own.
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