Life and Art: Art is Balance

randomlychad  —  May 25, 2011 — 4 Comments

>Balancephoto © 2006 Brent Moore | more info (via: Wylio)

In this series, we’ve discussed the intersection of life and art, that art supports, and (at least attempts) to explain life. Art is indeed a support system for life.

And the key to life? Balance. Balance is the key to a successful life.

So it is with art.

We who are creative types must balance our acts of creation with appropriate sustenance. We can only give away what we possess, and to possess we must feed our souls.

We must consume to create. Unlike God, we do not possess an inexhaustible supply of creative energy.

Call it downtime, call it sabbath, call it whatever, but don’t discount the need to recharge your creative dilithium (the crystals that powered the Enterprise’s warp engines).

Because failing to do so is creative kryptonite.

You will run dry. You must replenish your stores.

I don’t know what this looks like for you, but for me it could be:

Reading a book

Watching a film

Appreciating art

Visiting a museum

Attending a play

Or (if you have them) playing with your kids (their imaginations are well nigh boundless)

There is just something so inspiring–almost mystical–in drinking from the well shared by all artists. New ideas are often birthed from this spring.

Take my advice: breath in that you may breath out.

Blessings to you as you follow your dream.

Question: what do you do to replenish your creative reservoir?

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  • Reading is key for me, and lately, watching “I Love Lucy” with my wife.

    • Drink deep from those springs, my friend. Drink deep. 

  • Taking a walk in nature, finding God in the present moment and writing all help me renew my creativity for it helps me enter into the great mystery of life..the God who was and is and is to come.
    My recent post Enjoying the Dance

    • Amen! Embrace the mystery!