Ariana Richards has acted in movies including “Jurassic Park” and now paints landscapes, seascapes, and portraits. She says about her creative work:
“I hope to move people, help them to see the soul and the spirit in the world. I believe art touches the deeper places we live. The spirit and the soul are in the life around us. When our days are filled with beauty, it makes for an abundant life.”
From article “Young Guns” by Vicky Stavig, Art of the West November/December 2009 – posted on Richards’ site galleryariana.com.
Photo from fineartandyou.
“We found that creativity is positively associated with joy and love and negatively associated with anger, fear, and anxiety….”
That is one of the conclusions of a study by Teresa M. Amabile at the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School – reported in the article : The 6 Myths Of Creativity – by Bill Breen, Fast Company, December 2004
Joyce Wycoff [of the InnovationNetwork] writes in her article Are You a Creative Person?, “We create. We are creative beings. We create because it helps us survive and it feels good… it brings us joy. When we don’t create, when we don’t learn and grow, it brings us pain. It deadens us.
“When this innate urge to create is thwarted or stifled, we turn to unhealthy substitutes such as drugs, alcohol, crime, violence, etc. to lessen the pain.”
Bob Baker, in his article Tall, Dark and Brooding: Do You Have to Be Depressed to Be Creative? [from his very helpful and inspiring Artist Empowerment Blog], notes “There’s a notion that the most influential artists, writers and musicians are often plagued with depression, moodiness and other battles with internal demons.
“Some people (many of them artists themselves) think that this mental friction actually fuels their creativity.” Baker refers to the Fast Company article as strong evidence to the contrary.
A related notion is that actors need to be fraught with emotional turmoil to be effective. But that isn’t true either, as a number of very talented actors have admitted.
In his appearance as a guest on The Ellen Show, Colin Farrell said he was finding that he is more creative being sober and happy.
“I was terrified that whatever my capacity was as an actor would disappear when I got sober,” he admitted.
“I ascribed to the notion that to express yourself as an artist, you have to live in perpetual pain.
“And that’s nonsense.”
From Pain and suffering and developing creativity
“I’ve suffered enough. When does my artwork improve?” – Refrigerator magnet
The tortured artist mythology is an ancient and enduring notion.
Bonnie Gillespie, author of the book Self-Management for Actors, points out, “A healthy mindset is perhaps the most important element to a working actor’s ability to self-manage.”
Depth psychologist Carl Jung has commented:
“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”
That kind of play can only be hampered by depression, anxiety and other mood disorders – or perhaps even by too much affection for our dark emotions.
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Regulating Emotions to Develop Creativity
Cheryl Arutt, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in creative artist issues, trauma recovery, and other issues. She writes: “Many creative people carry the belief that their pain is the locus of their creativity, and worry that they will lose their creativity if they work through their inner conflicts or let go of suffering. These artists hold onto their pain as if it were a lifeline…”
Article publié pour la première fois le 06/10/2007