The Path to a Creative Life

Picture by Alison Masniuk

Picture by Alison Masniuk

The ‘gap’ between the work we create as a beginner and the work we want to be creating is huge. I think that gap is actually invaluable not just as a route from A to B, but because of what we learn on that journey and how we learn it.

Trying new things is fun, but can be frustrating. It can be easy to become disheartened, especially if we fall into traps of comparison or shoulds, and in my experience, the nature of the journey will reflect the nature of the outcome. A miserable route will not lead to a joyful destination.

In any creative endeavour, you have to give yourself permission to create junk. There is no way around it. Sometimes you have to do 4 terrible paintings just to discover that you painted one good idea that can be developed. Sometimes creating something useful and compelling is like being a gold miner. You have to sift through pounds of dirt and rock and silt just to find a speck of gold in the middle of it all. Bits and pieces of genius will find their way to you if you give yourself permission to let the muse flow.

So be patient, keep practicing and enjoy the journey!

Maya Corona