Are You too Sensitive to be an Artist?

Are You too Sensitive to be an Artist?

Artists are inherently sensitive. They see things that others often don't. They feel things more than the average bear (on average). The irony is that many artists are actually too sensitive to be successful artists. 

Let's assume that success equates with popularity of your work and financial gain. (Not the ever-elusive posthumous fame that we naturally think of when it comes to artists). Being a successful artist of any kind requires...

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Hitting the Pause Button

Hitting the Pause Button

Busy. Life is busy.

I'm in the busiest years of my life. Being busy is a privilege. I totally get that. (Although sometimes it feels like a giant anvil living invisibly on your chest).

Right now, I am busy.

Don't get me wrong, I am NOT complaining. But in my general state of busy there isn't a whole lot of room for the art that I have been so passionate about.

I've been making...

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Watching (and Loving) Your Dance

Watching (and Loving) Your Dance

I am not a big fan of pictures of myself. Videos are even worse. In the age of selfies and social media this seems totally counterintuitive. I love pictures of my family, but I am usually the one taking them so I can stay comfortably out of the way.


First and foremost let me be clear that this is not about false modesty or backhandedly seeking out compliments from people. I literally, quite honestly don't like looking at myself. I think a lot of people are in this boat. 


It stems from multiple sources. When I was a kid my...

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The Tale of the Magical Flute Player

The Tale of the Magical Flute Player

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, I attended a concert. The opening band had a person playing that I lovingly refer to as "The Magical Flute Player". (Stay with me here. This is serious. Even though my dark side totally wants to crack an inappropriate joke, I will refrain... )

At first I was taken aback that this particular band had a flute player at all, but after suspending my disbelief, I realized that I couldn't take my eyes (and ears) off this person. He was so many things: odd, enchanting, totally out of place but also totally in the right place. He was totally at home, totally exquisite, totally wonderful and totally... HIMSELF. In that moment I realized very clearly...

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Careful the Things You Say...

Careful the Things You Say...

“Careful the things you say, children will listen…” - Stephen Sondheim

One of the most lasting memories from my childhood was when I got a part in my first community theater show when I was 8. My mom sat me down and very seriously told me that I should not brag about being in this show because it would make other people feel bad (that may not have been the exact wording, but it was something close).

Mom was doing her best to keep me humble and polite.

It worked.

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I'm Not Feeling Particularly Artistic Today

I'm Not Feeling Particularly Artistic Today

Some days I don't feel artistic. Some days I barely feel human. Today I woke up early and worked, and now I am sitting with my coffee and a gluten-filled muffin and contemplating the ebb and flow of my artistic self.

Some days I work in a caffeine fueled, inspired, artistic high. The world is my oyster and I am a super-artist-mom-wife-workerbee-blogger-bestdaughterever. The house is clean and I've created something worthwhile and my kids are happy and well fed. Some days the...

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Creating Even When You Feel Good

Creating Even When You Feel Good

Angst (n.) (ängkst) 

1. A German word referring to "an acute but nonspecific sense of anxiety or remorse". Intense emotional strife. (Collins English Dictionary, 10th ed)

2. (Specific to existential psychology) A normal existential experience; "Angst is...my becoming aware that my existence can become lost, that I can lose myself and my world, that I can become nothing." - Psychologist Rollo May


I have always found it much easier to be creative when going through a period of dark angst. When life is joyful and things are humming along and I'm feeling great - who has the time? When there is sunshine and there are bike rides and happiness abounds, who wants to carve out the time to make something meaningful? I'm sure, like many creative people, my muse tends to visit more and linger longer when...

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Feeling Ashamed of Your Art (or Lack Thereof)

Feeling Ashamed of Your Art (or Lack Thereof)

I want to talk a little bit about artists of all kinds who feel bad about stepping off the artistic path (or on again and off again and on again...). I think that as artists we often feel like we have to justify our choices to leave or take a break from our artistic fields. Whether we leave the path to care for a sick parent, or support a family, or simply because we want to, I think we often feel like we owe the world a "why". I think there is a general sense of shame about not having been able to "make it" as a consistent artist, even if you are still quietly incorporating your art into your daily life or the lives of those around you. There is a feeling that you have to explain...

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