"Choose One"

"Choose One"

"Choose One"

by Pamelah Landers
Expert Master Hand Analyst

"Choose one," says Maria, exasperated with the endless art supplies strewn about her daughter's bedroom.

"Why?" asks her 15-year-old daughter Cassandra.

"Because otherwise you get distracted. Look at this mess. You have paints over here, a partially completed canvas on the easel, yarn on your bed in a partially completed sweater. Why can't you just do one and finish it?"

"I feel stifled by just one artistic expression! I don't understand why I need to make a choice! I don't always feel like painting. I knit when I'm watching TV."

This is the ongoing conversation - the struggle between somebody else's needs for you and what you are designed to be. Maria's need "to complete" and Cassandra's need to be a multiply expressive creative person.

Why am I sharing this?

This week I just had to "stop writing" for a couple of days. I've been editing a book in creative expression, rewriting marketing copy for my website, updating two e-books...my artist needed another outlet.

After two months of not using my art table, This week I just had to "stop writing" for a couple of days. I've been editing a book in creative expression, rewriting marketing copy for my website, updating two e-books...my artist needed another outlet. I finally chose to take out two canvases and other related art supplies. My hands wanted to paint. So I did. It's not that I NEEDED another painting to hang. I have many that would love some wall space.

What I did feel I needed, was kind of "pushing me," was a different way to express myself artistically. For a while. The writing edits are still there...

As an artist, it's important to honor multiple expressions. There has been a belief that choosing one art form is necessary. It's not. As Cassandra says above, it's stifling. One of the conversations I express in my "currently being prepared for publication" book on creativity focuses on the importance of multiple artistic outlets, expressions, endeavors. Here is an excerpt.

What are your multiple creative expressions? How about making a list, and be generous, about all the ways you are talented? Don’t leave out anything that may feel questionable. Put it down. You can always take it off later. This list is for you. If you feel stumped, ask for help. Ask those around you who know you how they see your creativity expressed. And take it in. Don’t argue with them.

Don’t say that what you do isn’t really creative. That would be you arguing for your limitations.

Give yourself permission to see the possibility that you are creative in many ways, that you could have multiple creative expressions. You’ll feel better and it will put you on the master path.

If you'd like to see others I've created, and are available for purchase, here is the link to my website where the art photos reside. Click here Or you can click on the "shop" tab on this website then click on "art". 

These are "one of a kind" art. My art activates many different things. Everybody's art activates a specific energy. Which is why certain ones might be interesting, attractive and others not so much. 

Love

Pamelah