Friday, April 1, 2011

Claim your Artist

With everyone born human, a poet -- an artist -- is born,
who dies young and who is survived by an adult.
- Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve

This morning I came across this quote in the introduction Julia Cameron's Vein of Gold, the sequel to her amazing book The Artist's Way which I read early in my creative journey. I've had Vein of Gold on my shelf for some time, but it wasn't until this morning that I looked at the shelf and decided to pick the book up. It's time for me to revisit the topic of creativity in more depth.

Within the first few pages, she has already touched on something that I believe at my core: We all have an artist within us. You may not have realized or rediscovered it yet, you may not have claimed it yet, but the artist is there. It's the same artist who approached a new box of crayons with glee when you were 4 years old. The same artist who doodled on your notebooks in junior high. Who brooded over which songs to include to create the perfect mix tapes (er, playlists) as a teenager.

We all create. And a person who creates something, brings something new into the world that wasn't there before, is an artist. I can name you an artist, but that doesn't matter. The only person who can truly name you as an artist is... you.

Julia writes this in the introduction of Vein of Gold: " will reclaim your keys to the creative gifts locked within you. You will discover that the keys have been yours all along. This means, of course, that it is not my place to name you an artist. Such power would be lovely, but it does not reside with me. You are the one who must name yourself. You are the one who must seek - and claim - your creative destiny. No one else can do that for you, but you can do it for yourself."

Are you ready to claim your artist? I did, some time ago here, and it was an amazing, empowering experience that has changed my point of view in so many ways. You can too. Come with me as I explore the "art + creativity" part of my personal equation more here in the future. Maybe, just maybe, you'll be able to claim your artist and find your own personal equation along the way too.


  1. Hi Kat! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your post. I enjoyed reading it and SO agree that you're the only one who can claim your Artistic talent, needs etc. I truly feel that we should do what love. What we love is what we're meant to bring forward in this world, our gifts. NO one can bring froward your gifts but you. One one can do what you're meant to do but you. There is only one you. You are unique and deserve to be, express, celebrate who you are.
    Thanks again for sharing your insight! ~ Stephey

  2. I love the quotes on this beautiful post. Your are totally right. If yopu don't recognize you as an artist no one will. I had a difficult and long time trying to accept and recognized I am an artis. After I finally embraced that I am an artis, my life made a huge turn. I feel free to express myself through my art. Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog, it meant a world to me. That is one of the most important rules in my creative business, to be honest with what I create so that my art can be recognized by all as mine. I I love your writing and your photography. I am so grateful we can connect through art and technology. have a lovely and joyful weekend! Hugs!

  3. I read the Artists Way a while ago but I got completely bogged down in trying to keep up the daily pages and artists dates. They plumped up my daily todo list to an unmanageable level so I'm afraid I put it aside.

  4. "...survived by an adult." The quote you shared from the book really struck me. I have a group of friends that I enjoy creating with about once a month. And in many ways we become little kids again. Each of us regards the other's work as art, but we each individually do not see ourselves as artists. I think that Vein of Gold is coming to my bookshelf very soon.

  5. Wonderful post Kat, and i truly look forward to this!

  6. A tough concept for me still. How does an anal, left-brained girl find herself in a creative place? She just doesn't fit the profile and is wasting her time.
    These conversations are getting further and further apart, yet, are still there. Then I see a photo, write a paragraph and I see it. Now, I just have to believe it. Thanks Miss K!


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