"I wish I could create more"

"My shot of La Convesacion", in the Plaza San Francisco de Assisi, old town Havana, Cuba. They're talking about creativity, don't you think?

"My shot of La Convesacion", in the Plaza San Francisco de Assisi, old town Havana, Cuba. They're talking about creativity, don't you think?

Why is it so difficult to make art and creativity a priority in our lives?

I can’t tell you how many times different people come to the studio, create in a flurry of absolute glee—hours go by like minutes around here—and then as they’re packing up, I hear a big sigh.

“I wish I could create more…”

They don’t even have to finish their sentence.  I know. I had that wish just sitting in the back of my life for years, too.

As someone who finally gave in and made creativity a priority —and then everything changed—I am here to tell you:

Listen up. That need to create is coming from a deep place inside you. It is your wisest self, the part of you that is trying to tell you: you have something to make in this world.

Investing time and money into your creative practice is not self-indulgent, extravagant or inessential (despite social messages to the contrary). 

Creativity is not a luxury.

And most importantly—and this is the hardest truth for women, especially: 

your creativity is not less important than the people you love.

Someone once told me that not everyone has that wish to create and express. I couldn’t believe it. Of course everyone does! Isn’t that need I feel so strongly—and neglected for so long—a human impulse?

Over time, as a student and as a teacher, I’ve come to understand that that desire to create, to express and invent, is in fact special.

It is not common among all humans.

Yes, all people are creative. That is so evident to me I can’t believe anyone could think otherwise! But just as there are so many varieties of flowers in the natural world, there are just as many varieties of creative people in the world.

Your desire for a visual creative practice is a special and not so common human varietal.

Don’t squander your essential self.

Now, we can talk later about how to make creativity a priority in your life in the face of scarce time and limited financial resources (hint: no matter your circumstances, it can be done). And you will hear more from me about why creativity is a necessity rather than a luxury (and how easily we fall victim to the insidious messages of our work-driven society).

But for now, listen to that voice inside you: Create more. Invest time and money into your creative practice.  Ask the ones you love to support you.

Make your wish come true.