Every Great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm ~ Emerson
Where was I when they passed out the roadmaps to creative success? If that happened in Art School, I missed it because I was in the other building learning about statistics, debits and credits. I’m not complaining. In fact I feel fortunate that I wasn’t programmed with artistic shortcuts and principles as I was in business school. “Pick one thing that you like, do it well and you will succeed”. The next time somebody hears me give that advise to one of my kids, I hope they slap me because I wouldn’t be walking the talk. At times I feel so scattered, I don’t know what to do next.
As a blogger, I spend a lot of time reading the posts of others, looking for insights and inspiration. Last week I read a post by JoDee Luna, the author of an innovative book called Refrain From The Identical. Almost immediately, I picked up on her description of the “Creative Eclectic” and I knew that she had coined a name for my affliction.
I am a Creative Eclectic. About five years ago, I found myself enthusiastically pursuing a plethora of ambitions that I had neither the training nor the time for. Sketching, painting, writing, producing videos and even making music on garage band began filling my free time and taking priority over getting a good night sleep. Today, as you might gather from a visit to my websites and blogs, I’m like a kid in a candy store. You might also realize that like a confident (or cocky) gambler, I’ve left behind my day job and I’m now “All In”. I do have moments when I catch myself saying out-loud, “Am I Crazy? This is never going to work!” But somehow, some way, I know that it will all come together. After all, the most beautiful symphonies have roots in madness.
As of late, I have a half dozen or so unfinished paintings hanging haphazardly in the studio and I’m excited to finish them. But as life goes, you can only peel one potato at a time, and right now I’m working on my video business. My wife and I together, have created a new blog called The Local Tourist – Colorado. It is all about finding adventure in our own backyard and documenting those adventures through our video production enterprise. We would love it if you would check it out.