Love and Light
There is a choice every creative person makes at some point in their journey, and that is where they want to root their creative energy. Creative energy is the fuel that runs an artist. It is a requirement for any creative person to create. Creativity does not come from thin air.
This energy can be derived in two ways: internally and externally.
Externally, artists seek experiences that stimulate our senses: we read books, visit thrift stores, eat strange foods, go to music shows, travel, spend time in nature. We devour other people's art — in all its forms. We fill up our reservoirs with inspiration, visual candy, we open up our senses.
Internally, I believe that our creativity is derived from emotions. This is where it get's interesting, because this is an energy that is under our control. We choose how we decide to exist in this world, and which emotions we derive our creative energy from is one of those choices.
Creativity can be sourced from either the dark or the light emotional spaces. Dark energy is fueled by feelings of anger, sadness, grief, misery, envy, and hate. Light energy is run on joy, gratitude, delight, play, and happiness.
What I've noticed is that artists tend to gravitate towards one or the other. Dark artists include people like Frances Bacon, Steven Pressfield, and Dmitri Shostakovich. Light artists are people like Paul Klee, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and Henri Rousseau. Just as in the Yin Yang, there is a light in the darkness and a little darkness in the light. But over a lifetime, an artist tends to choose one or the other.
"The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered for hell. He will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt, and humiliation."
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
I've sourced from both energies in my personal work. I had to steep in the dark emotions in order to create — allowing myself to feel sad, angry, or grief. I've made some pieces that stem from these emotions. While it has been necessary to understand those emotions, I believe staying too long in that dark emotional space is unhealthy and unnecessary for any human being. Spending a lot of time rooted in the dark emotions creates a miserable life. It's how tortured artists live out their lives. They are tortured by choice.
I reached out to an artist I admire, Alpha Channeling. He is a nameless artist that creates colorful and playful erotica art. His work resonated with me, and seeing that he was a successful artist I reached out to him for words of wisdom. He said some words that are worth living by:
"Your success, in art, in money, and in life, is directly related to how much joy and play you open yourself to receiving from your art. It's a lifelong relationship and the less demands you make on it, and the more in love you are with it, the bigger it will grow. Let art be your play and your prayer. Treat it more kindly and compassionately then any other relationship. Don't ask it for anything, just receive everything it has to give to you. Keep learning how to play more freely in that space. The more you open yourself up to being free in that space, and in love with it, the more the world will be magnetized towards what you're doing."
Alpha Channeling is an example of a light energy artist — he roots his creative energy in play and joy. He chooses love. And you can see that loving spirit through his colorful and energetic work. It vibrates with light energy.
I choose love. And I invite you to do the same.
Your success, in art, in money, and in life, is directly related to how much joy and play you open yourself to receiving from your art.