Tag Archives: Pain

Making Art In Dark Times

I think the thing I struggle with most is making art when my heart is aching. Unfortunately, the list of things that can make somebody pre-disposed to being an artist (a modicum of sensitivity and a heightened aesthetic sense, for … Continue reading

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How Fragile We Are

Most people persist in believing two utterly discredited falsehoods.  The first is that punishment is necessary; ultimately good for the people punished and that it works effectively.  Further, we believe that people that “need” punishment, the application of various sorts … Continue reading

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Which Struggle Do You Live For?

Struggle is not incidental and avoidable.  It is essential.  If you want to be happy or to achieve a dream, then struggle and suffering comes with the deal.  There’s no way around it.  If you want to live a life … Continue reading

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Resentful Admiration

I read something that surprised me, recently.  It was this: that people who are jealous of another person (which, let’s face it, is something we regrettably see quite a lot, among the artist community) are actually expressing their insecurities, because … Continue reading

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I’m Still Not What I Had in Mind

Many artists, myself especially included, live life with a peculiar, pestilent dissatisfaction.  It’s the feeling that all is not as you would wish it to be.  Essentially, the feeling can best be described as not yet being the artist you … Continue reading

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Focus, Insight, Creativity and Depression

What’s the use of melancholy and melancholic feelings?  If depression and negative thoughts are so bad, you would have thought that evolution would have selected those prone to it out of the gene pool, by now.  After all, there’s an … Continue reading

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The Emotional Pain of Creating

There are many things that inspire us to create art.  Often, they’re positive and happy things, rooted in wonderment and amazement at the world we live in.  However, there are darker motivations, rooted in sadness, pain and frustration.  These motivations … Continue reading

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