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THIS ARTIST's WAY - Part 4




This chapter of The Artist’s Way is about recovering a sense of power.

 Julia Cameron talks about anger as a tool. Anger is an emotion that I am overly familiar with, so I like her take on it. Anger is a positive force – it’s the fuel that propels us to act. Unlike apathy and despair, anger is motivating. Channeled anger is powerful. Getting all fired up can be a good thing.

 This chapter provides helpful tips for dealing with criticism. It’s important to learn to distinguish between useful (illuminating) feedback and useless (bludgeoning) criticism. Cameron urges us to get right back on the horse as creativity is the only cure for criticism.

 

I especially liked the section on growth. “A creative recovery is a healing process.” It can be erratic – two steps forward, then one step back. Don’t be discouraged. Don’t be hard on yourself.

 

“Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.”
            -           Eugene Delacroix

 Easy does it. That works for me.

 For my artist date this week I hauled out my ceramic paints and decorated a wooden birdhouse. It’ll end up looking something like my user pic.



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kellyrfineman
Aug. 4th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
I like her take on anger as well. I will try to see it as a positive force - all too often it doesn't feel that way.
angeladegroot
Aug. 5th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. Too much anger is toxic. That's why we should use it to channel a change, rather than going around in the same old circles.
writerjenn
Aug. 4th, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
When I want to stir up some anger, all I have to do is watch the news.
angeladegroot
Aug. 5th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
Driving is a good one, too. Serenity now!
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