creative personality: Compulsion

18 Jun

This morning our Composer of Music for Art was revved up to do some final refinements of a low brass loop which she hopes will be a welcome contribution to a recent collaboration.  She was also looking forward to building on some good tweeting from the night before.  Having returned from her morning walk with Deuce the gentle canine muse, our Girl cranked up Her old Toshiba laptop and checked her e-mails as usual, her hit stats for the website (  Before She knew it, she was happily involved in some additional tweeting.

She recognized after a few minutes that the tweeting was becoming a little addictive.  And it was not even a bad thing – because she was enjoying the process of being interested and commenting on the work and comments of others – of supporting others – and this is really at the heart of effective social networking.

But she caught herself a bit, and remembered that this morning she was ready to share out two beautiful new abstract paintings which just started showing on her art website.

an fun abstract suggesting alien invasion

Van Evan Fuller paints a tongue in cheek abstract of alien invasions

So brilliantly checking herself from her more compulsive tendencies, she successfully switched gears and focused on preparing a couple of tweets to share out the beautiful art.  and share out she did.

Then, in a smart move, she tested out the link embedded in the tweet.  Much to her chagrine, the page came up with a bunch of giant white boxes scattered all over the place.  Either her website or her computer had a virus.  Of course she was not happy.

What to do – Well – if this problem was on the website and all her viewers were going to see this virus result, she needed to take immediate action.  So with a cool head (so far) she contacted her web host customer service.  She determined the virus was local to her computer.  RELIEF.

The clock was ticking on her morning creative session.  She was already approaching her 7:00 a.m. deadline to get working on her blog.  But she was stressing the virus on her computer.  Her heart was beginning to pound a little  harder, her brow was furrowed.  The artist’s tendency to compulsive behavior was kicking in (“I must solve this NOW!”).  She was not good with this virus.

She was past her deadline now, struggling mightily against the temptation to bag her morning blog session and fight the virus.

The end of the story here is that she fought against this impulse.  She recognized that it would be better to come back tonight cool headed to the virus issue.  That it was not harming her work or business as far as her public face went.  And that she would be nurtured and balanced by her blogging.

As an artist, you are full of passion to move ahead with your work, to see and share results.  When life throws a curveball, such as our Lady’s computer virus, something inside of us becomes enraged.  How dare life get in the way of my work like this.  How dare people treat other people this way.  How dare!  How dare!  But you will be wise and recognize that you are still in control.  Whatever is thrown your way is nothing in comparison to your strong engagement in the magical partnership with the Creator – in the creative process to which you have so fully committed.  Your roots  are deep.  You know that there is plenty of low hanging fruit for you to gather.  You know that in the fullness of time, even a day, you will come back to the hard problems with a clear, calm head.  You will keep on course and be stronger for the temporary roadblock that you overcame.

Spark on!


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