How does our emotional and mental health relate to being creative? How valid is the mythology of the “crazy artist”? Many prominent artists throughout history have had mental health issues, and many are cited as some kind of “proof” that those issues somehow inspire creativity. In his paper The Abnormal Psychology of Creativity, Steven James […]
What can creative expression do for us spiritually and emotionally? How can it be healing? Creative expression as a refuge, even a force for healing, is an experience of many people. One of my favorite quotes on that topic is by author Kurt Vonnegut: “The practice of any art isn’t to make a living, it’s […]
“The artist begins with a vision — a creative operation requiring effort. Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse
What fears and anxieties are holding you back from expressing yourself more creatively? Matisse and many other artists and…
Shirley MacLaine has noted, “Art is about energy, positive and negative. “All art has the power to heal because it helps us see who we are, and what we resist.” From the book Positive Energy by Judith Orloff M.D. The photo is MacLaine as Ouiser Boudreaux in Steel Magnolias (1989). She has a great line in the movie: […]
“Basically, I’d been fairly drunk or high since I was 14.” Colin Farrell
Why do so many creative people use and abuse drugs, often to the point of addiction?
There is of course no easy answer, but one of the factors for many people ma…