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Do you subscribe to arts Journal (http://www.artsjournal.com/ )? I get their weekly email posts and find some of the articles quite interesting. You will probably like it, too, if you enjoy reading about issues, etc. in all parts of the arts. There is an article in this weeks postings which caught my eye about how Americans are too happy! Eric G. Wilson writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education an article titled, In Praise of Melancholy.
He seems to indicate in this article that Americans are blissfully happy, they ignore all the problems of the world and this is killing creativity! Now I don't know about you, but like most people I have good days and bad days. Now on my bad days, my creativity seems to shut completely down and my left brain takes over. On my bad days I can clean, balance the checkbook, organize things, etc. ...these are things that normally make me run away kicking and screaming. But on my good days, I can spend lots of time painting, sketching, doodling, writing, cooking and all the things I adore doing! Because I can't "work" (real work) when I am down, does that mean I am not creative enough? Since my work is quite introspective doesn't it seem plausible I have to find the right place within myself in order to find my own creativity? We also know being able to find flow is important to our creativity...and I find my flow when I am happy. So, as you can see, I had a difficult time connecting with the message of this article.
I know there some of the greatest artists have an issue with depression and what Wilson calls melancholy. What I think is we all have out ways of figuring out what works for us. I also feel as though a greater awareness of creativity and the importance of accessing it in our lives has allowed Americans (because this article only addresses this group) to understand their happiness is an individual thing which comes from within as opposed to their external life. Is that so bad? What do you think?
Here is the question of the day...Are you more creative when you are happy or when you are down? Or is there a difference?
Tomorrow...I want to talk about "seeing feelings" as Barbara Wilson at Off The Wall Art (http://www.wilsonart-babs.blogspot.com/ ) brought to my attention.