Saturday, November 07, 2009

Artistic Expression

We are having a wonderful Fine Arts Market in Winnsboro this weekend and I am signing copies of One Small Victory. Today I was there in the afternoon and will go back tomorrow afternoon from 12 until 4.

One of the neat things about this signing event is that it is at a gallery where a lot of artists are there to greet people. I got to talking to one of the artists and we commented about how one form of art feeds another. That got me to thinking about how important it is to take a break from writing and do something else.

That's probably why I enjoy acting and directing and some of the other artistic pursuits I have. I have always done them because they were fun, but I never really stopped to think about how important they are for my creativity.

The more I thought about that this afternoon, I realized that I know a lot of people who are proficient in several forms of artistic expression.

Writing is my only professional creative endeavor. The acting and directing is all as an amateur, as is my photography, guitar playing, and painting. But they all bring me great pleasure.

What about you? What kinds of artistic expressions do you enjoy? Is one more important than others?


Joholdenhan said...

Sounds like a fun event!

I love all forms of artistic expression, and I agree that they all feed each other. Writing, drawing, singing, dancing, playing guitar, filmmaking...all of these things I do act as inspire for each other. :)

Maryann Miller said...

Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment, Jo. I hope to see some of your writing some time. What kind of films do you do?

Joholdenhan said...

No problem! I love making all different films, especially short films. I've made a few short comedies and short horror films. I'm afraid I'm not very good at it, but it's always fun. :)

Helen Ginger said...

Writing is the only one I do (semi) well. I'd like to be able to sing, dance and/or act. But...I think you have to have actual talent, so...

Straight From Hel

Maryann Miller said...

Helen, I think the point of the other creative endeavors is not necessarily excel at them all, just go into another playground to play for a while. All the other things I do are not as a professional.

Jo, do you post your films on You Tube? And just keep making films. We get better at everything the more we practice. :-)

Janalyn Voigt (WaySinger) said...

Hi Maryann.

We have a lot in common. Like you, I'm an artist in many ways but only write on a professional level. I once tried to start a business doing contracted artwork and just froze up. I couldn't draw, apparently, if I had to do so for money. Funny. I don't have that problem with writing, thank goodness.

Nice post.

Maryann Miller said...

Thanks for stopping by Janalyn. I'm with you, I can't seen to do anything but write on demand. :-) I was recently asked to play my guitar and sing in a small setting and my nerves got the best of me.

Joholdenhan said...

I have a rap video and a video I made with my cat on actual short films unfortunately!