Creativity is the Only Way to Go

This is the time of year for New Year’s Everythings — New Year’s Resolutions, New Year’s Blogs, New Year’s Toasts, New Year’s Texts.

I’ve given up on the resolutions part — I make new ones year-round. Keep some, forget some. 

But in reading my friend Judith at Artistcoveries‘ end-of-the-year blog named Toast, I find the kind of resolution we all can make. It just makes me feel anything is possible.

A bit of her advice:

So, how can I apply this to my art? For me the answer is in the idea of celebration. Over the next 12 months, I hope to honor myself as an artist, to welcome myself to the studio each morning, and to celebrate each new thing I learn, each new experience, and each success I have. This all means being more accepting of who I am and the art I create. I will no doubt make a lot of bad art in 2022. I’ve learned that bad art is a necessary part of my personal art process. I’ve found that making bad art has helped me immensely. Through bad art I’ve learned that it’s all right to make mistakes — everyone does — and I’ve found an incredible new sense of freedom. This, in turn, has led me more toward finding my own unique style.

This is the kind of inspiration we all need. It is a combination of self-healing, acceptance, and change. It’s letting go and holding on. It’s trying and failing and trying and succeeding. 

Let us all make a commitment to celebrate every day, for every day is an opportunity to learn something new. To teach someone something new. To feel something new. To accept the now and change the now. 

Here is Judith at Artistcoveries‘ entire blog, Toast. Give it a read if you have time!






9 thoughts on “Creativity is the Only Way to Go

  1. Oh yes!! It doesn’t matter if our work winds up in an art gallery or in someone’s home or in the recycle bin. It’s the energy we use, the lessons we learn, that make us true artists. And it’s awesome therapy!

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  2. A motivating message for the first Monday of the new year! Messages that encourage us to make art, in all of its glorious forms, and to accept “failure” as part of the process is a strong one!


  3. I, too, am planning on publishing a number of things this year too. I might just start for free. It’s not the money anymore – it’s getting the story out there so others can (hopefully) enjoy them. You keep it going!

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  4. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions either. I do it kinda like you do, just put my mind to something and keep plunking away at it till it’s done. I told myself I would publish my first book of poetry in 2022 and that’s exactly what I did. Although I surprized myself with the fact that it was only one day into the year when I finally pulled it off it was a long time coming(you know what I mean). And I must tell you that your blog has been an inspiration all along the way. Thank you for your wonderful thoughts!


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