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Quotes from “The Artist’s Way” Introduction

I’m going through The Artist’s Way for a second time this summer, and I thought it may be useful for myself and others to gather up all my underlines in one place as a handy reference. It’s truly an amazing and potentially life-changing book which I can not recommend more highly. Check it out for yourself here. This week post is on the very beginning of the book, the introduction.

Introduction

Allow yourself to experiment with the idea that there might be a Great Creator and you might get some kind of use from it in freeing your own creativity.” (xi)

You do not need to understand electricity to use it.” (xii)

No matter what your age or your life path, where making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.” (xii)

In short, the theory doesn’t matter as much as the practice itself does.” (xiii)

Once you agree to clearing these pathways, your creativity emerges.” (xiii)

I learned to get out of the way and let that creative force work through me. I learned to just show up at the page and write down what I heard.” (xiv)

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Quotes from “The Artist’s Way” Week 1

I’m going through The Artist’s Way for a second time this summer, and I thought it may be useful for myself and others to gather up all my underlines in one place as a handy reference. It’s truly an amazing and potentially life-changing book which I can not recommend more highly. Check it out for yourself here. This post is focuses on the first chapter, Week 1.

Week 1 – Recovering a Sense of Safety

Shadow Artists

“It takes a great deal of ego strength to say to a well-meaning but domineering parent or a just plain domineering one, “Wait a minute! I am too an artist!” The dread response may come back, “How do you know?” And, of course, the fledgling artist not know. There is just this dream, this feeling, this urge, this desire. There is seldom any real proof, but the dream lives on.” (28)

“It takes nurturing to make an artist. Shadow artists did not receive sufficient nurturing. They blame themselves.” (28)

“they must nurture their artist child. Creativity is play, but for shadow artists, learning to allow themselves to play is hard work.” (29)

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