Ginnie Cappaert's Blog

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

"When it all comes together, a creative life has the nourishing power we normally associate with food, love and faith." - Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit

I'm guilty of having many books in my personal collection, I need more bookshelves.  I consider these a 'need' not a 'want'.  A true necessity in life.  My artist friend, Shan, just reminded me of  one of my all time favorite books by Twyla Tharp, 'The Creative Habit' that she was rereading this winter.  Now I have to tell you,  I have re-read this book at least half a dozen times already, but I immediately retrieved it from my bookshelf to find just the perfect amount of inspiration and topics for art journaling and discussion. 
What I really noticed on my brief glimpse through the book was again the focus on balance in life.  Making time for it all.  Making time for the self care, yoga, reading, exercise, family, friends, and studio time too!  This balance is again a 'need' and so very important as creatives struggle to find time to make their art.  This seems to be a widespread topic with many of my friends and artists all over the globe!
Twyla talks about 'being in a bubble' and how we can relate that to a state of mind. She believes that there are no rules to this bubble theory and that it can exist in peaceful moments and chaotic moments.  After all, we have LIFE, jobs, families, and responsibilities BUT we also have that desire to create and make art.
My best take away and advice to these issues is to treat our life as a bubble and make time within that bubble to fill our needs to create. This may mean saying no to doing certain things or going certain places but knowing to find that 'balance' and saying yes to some things outside of our art life, too.  I think it becomes a habit.  We can create the life we want by developing good habits filled with variety and maximum use of our time as well as taking some much needed 'downtime' as well.  In her book she states that 'being in the bubble does not mean being a hermit.  You can function out in the world, but wherever you go the bubble goes with you."
The last few snowy days I have taken time to practice yoga, read, and stay in my PJ's way longer than I should have!  But you know what, that's ok, I have to keep reminding myself that is all part of living life, a 'bubble style life' as an artist. 
                                           For my solo show in Santa Fe, "Color Snaps"
                                                    8x8" oil and cold wax, framed

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