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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).

nature’s positive ways

3 Aug

20130803-143105.jpg20130803-143129.jpg20130803-143209.jpgIf you read this post a few days ago, or have been recently watching my instagram feed, you’d know I’ve been in the Windermere Valley at my parent’s cabin for several days now. My mother usually listens to the CBC radio, and yesterday they were interviewing psychologists about the positive effects of nature and how spending more time outdoors is very beneficial to both our bodies and minds. The funny part is, I never really needed someone with a fancy science degree to tell me that being outdoors makes you automatically happier… I know this because I live it. There are so many structured and mechanical things that are an automatic part of our everyday society, it makes sense that the animals within us would seek the solace of open air. The openness of the wilderness provides clarity and calm, birds and small creatures like squirrels remind of the beauty in simplicity, while breathing fresh air and releasing endorphins while you walk, literally boosts the brain’s chemistry. So what are you waiting for? Stop reading this, and get outside for a bit of refreshment, invigoration and happiness! (above are some of the places I’ve recently been recharging).

in the palm of my hand

25 Jun

20130625-183214.jpgBeen noticing a trend on my Instagram. So many tangible beauties.