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On being creative

Updated on April 10, 2009

'Wisdom'

Wisdom - Original art by Sharrie69
Wisdom - Original art by Sharrie69

Do you know my soul?

 What is it that drives some of us to create? To write, to paint, to draw, to sculpt? What force in us is so great that it must transmit itself through our very fingertips onto paper or into clay? Are artists and writers more in touch with their own feelings, or is it a special connection to something greater than the sum of us? Why is it if we deny this force we become ill and feel lost, empty and adrift? What is it that makes us seek out other kindered spirits to be in company with others who understand the magic?

Art has been a very powerful force in my life for as long as I can remember. I even smell in colour..and music takes on many hues in my mind's eye. I can create something out of nothing. Many times I surprise myself with the results. It seems that when I am really in tune with my soul that my work takes on a life of its own. I enter the 'zone' where conversation and ordinary every day matters and cares evaporate. My hand moves of its own accord. My work astonishes me as I often do not know where it is going and ultimately what it shall become. Why this curve here or this colour there? What is the science behind it? How does my mind find a balance when I am not conciously looking for one? I am mystified.

My most powerful work comes from times of distress or from feelings of love.  Love and anguish both move the soul. The strong, deep eyes of an elderly woman who I admired greatly the weeping Madonna of loss so great it still makes me cry. Bits of my soul are poured out on to paper - trapped in amber and preserved for all to see and perhaps understand.

Without this release I would surely die. It is why birds sing and why oceans crash. Because they must. It is the essense. The essense of myself and of the universe. It is a gift. A blessing and a curse.

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      Barbara Bethard 

      12 years ago from Tucson, Az

      gorgeous art and wonderful word art as well Sharrie! glad I have found you because now I can use you as another muse of my own!!! promise you I wont abuse the right!!

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      GeneriqueMedia 

      12 years ago from Earth

      This is a good viewpoint on Art...

      " I even smell in colour..and music takes on many hues in my mind's eye." Synthenasia?

      I view most of my art as a curse, though its something I've begun to bare like baby Jesus. ;)

      Sincerely,

      G|M

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      As Seen on Blog 

      12 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Your title caught my attention.

      I think we all have a certain set of gifts, which if left unused, leave us unfulfilled. Artists, construction workers, musicians, plumbers, etc. we all battle finding our path when there are many voices (family, friends, critics) that want us to be their clones or take the safest of paths.

      Gifts are indeed a blessing and a curse. Great work.

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      Jaspal 

      12 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful drawing ... I am envious of your creative spirit. I can appreciate good writing, art and craft but I am not at all creative. Give me a paint brush or a pen, and I go completely blank in the head!

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      Christoph Reilly 

      12 years ago from St. Louis

      Very beautiful drawing, Sharrie. I love that turn of the head. I have seen that so many times in life! Post some more! (AKA the Captain)

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      Feline Prophet 

      12 years ago

      I love the idea of 'smelling in colour'! Beautiful drawing Sharrie - may you never lose your ability to create!

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      C. C. Riter 

      12 years ago

      Sherri, i did same with my parents. come join us at Mays place, it's fun

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      sharrie69 

      12 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

      The drawing is of my friend's grandmother. She was a strong, wise, beautiful woman who left her home in the wilds of Patagonia to live in the island of Trinidad and raise her family. I did this drawing a couple weeks after she passed away. I wanted to hold on to her, to preserve a little piece of her soul for her family, and I think I caught it in her eyes. She was a wonderful writer and a beautiful soul, one I feel very lucky to have met. She lived life to the fullest with great joy and gave much to the people around her and to the earth. Love like that lives on forever.

      Pick up your pencils again May and don't think about what to draw...just let it come from your heart. You might surprise yourself!

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      Cindy Vine 

      12 years ago from Cape Town

      Definitely very creative, Sharrie, liked your pencil sketch!

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      mayhmong 

      12 years ago from North Carolina

      Now what's the story behind this magnificent painting? I use to have that creative imagination for artwork. Until I've reached my 6th art class in HS, and ran out of ideas to draw?!

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      cdub77 

      12 years ago from Portland Or

      well done again mom kid. i love how you have a piece of art for every piece.

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      sharrie69 

      12 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

      I don't think I'd ever want to figure out why we are the way we are..the magic would be lost. :-) Checking out some of your stuff now C.C. -provocative. Since this is hug an artist day I'm sending you an island hug! Thanks for becoming a fan.

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      C. C. Riter 

      12 years ago

      sharrie, I've heard of certain peolple who can smell and or taset color. that's cool. Why we are the way we are is something no one can figure out, but i love it. I'm just wierd and silly, but I have fun. That's a great sketch girl

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      Sheila 

      12 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Oh thank you for the tip -- you're an angel. I will do that. Instant fan!

    • sharrie69 profile imageAUTHOR

      sharrie69 

      12 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

      You can turn off the instant message thing by clicking on the chat link on the lower right hand side of your screen ( icon of the little person with the green dot). Thanks for trying to check them out.

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      Sheila 

      12 years ago from The Other Bangor

      (It isn't a secret -- but don't tell Toad -- I've read it, too.) I went to FaceBook to look for your drawings, but got sidetracked by 18 different things and forgot why I went there and then had to escape before people started that Instant Message thing; so then I remembered I was going to leave you a message here to say at least I liked the one drawing I DID manage to see, the one here. Hi.

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      Tom rubenoff 

      12 years ago from United States

      I would, too. May I, puhleeeeezz?

    • sharrie69 profile imageAUTHOR

      sharrie69 

      12 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

      ;-) They would definately want to read it too

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      goldentoad 

      12 years ago from Free and running....

      the ferris wheel is a secret, don't tell anyone you read it, they might want to read it too

    • sharrie69 profile imageAUTHOR

      sharrie69 

      12 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

      I always vote for the undertoad. Loved your Ferris wheel post Toad.

      Thanks guys (and gal) for all the positive vibes. This will probably give me more inspiration to paint too.

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      Tom rubenoff 

      12 years ago from United States

      Someday you will be, Mr. Golden. Someday.

      Sharrie I like your drawing very much. It's amazing how powerful art is. One can't estimate its effect on those it touches. It's great you have it and it has you.

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      goldentoad 

      12 years ago from Free and running....

      I wish I was creative

    • sharrie69 profile imageAUTHOR

      sharrie69 

      12 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

      Hi Peggy, thank you!

      I don't have an official website as yet, but I do post some of my painting/ drawings on facebook. You can check them out here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=37332147184

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      Peggy Woods 

      12 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I like your drawing. You are blessed with a gift of talent. Do you have a website?

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