artists (aka living paradoxes)

8 Sep

20110713-escher-handsMy creative friend Jessica Mack shared a link to a great article the other day, titled “ten paradoxical traits of creative people.” The piece was quite eye-opening but also made quite a bit of sense: any artist can attest to the constant pushes and pulls that exist during thier creative processes. Balancing all forces and making something well rounded, is usually what turns any piece of art into a GOOD piece of art. Here are the ten traits:

1. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest.

2. Creative people tend to be smart yet naive at the same time.

3. Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.

4. Creative people alternate between imagination and a rooted sense of reality.

5. Creative people tend to be both extroverted and introverted.

6. Creative people are humble and proud at the same time.

7. Creative people, to an extent, escape rigid gender role stereotyping.

8. Creative people are both rebellious and conservative.

9. Most creative people are very passionate about their work, yet can be extremely objective about it as well.

10. Creative people’s openness and sensitivity often exposes them to more suffering and pain, yet they also experience a greater deal of enjoyment.

Surprisingly I am living proof of almost all of these contradictory personality traits. Realizing how much back and forth we do during the creative process, and how (much like life) it is a balancing act, is empowering knowledge. Relishing on both ends of the spectrum will allow you to become well-rounded.

To have these paradoxes further explained, please do read Faisal Hoque’s original article here. (The image at the top of my post is known as “Drawing Hands,” created by one of my favorite artists, and absolutely incredible printmaker, M.C. Escher).

2 Responses to “artists (aka living paradoxes)”

  1. Jax Riley 09/09/2013 at 03:53 #

    Excellent article and so very very true. It’s often not easy to juggle the balance but it is so worth it in the end.

  2. aisforanika 09/09/2013 at 11:14 #

    Cool list! Definitely saw myself in a lot of them as well. An interesting new perspective to consider. Also, M.C. Escher was my first favorite artist. I was obsessed with him when I was 13. I spent hours pouring through a book of his art. I’m pretty sure his tessellation patterns are what first sparked my interest in drawing patterns of my own.

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