Friday, July 31, 2009

nurturing creativity + everything is really ok

This Ted talk by Elizabeth Gilbert has made the blog-rounds, but i thought i'd share it here just in case you haven't heard it or want to listen again.

I listened to it again today before going out in my studio and it's so wise. i particularly love her story about Tom Waits and message about just showing up and doing the work.

The last week I've been coming down from the excitement from our Little Pink Houses show and Renegade.  I recognize the post-show low as a natural part of my cycle now of the highs of putting so much energy out and receiving so much feedback. Even though it now takes me by less surprise it still is a process to get back into the studio and make new work. 

I really loved reading all the comments about why "Everything is OK". It made everything feel more than ok for me this past week. Thank you. The winner of Britt's awesome print picked randomly by my husband Hugh is Carm who said: 
The print is terrific! I love the sentiment and Brit's style. Thanks for the chance to win! oops... I almost forgot to tell you why everything is okay! It's okay because today my baby sister, who has always struggled with school, is registering for her first semester at the community college and she's ready and she's excited and I'm so glad.

Please get in touch and email me Carm at matimcd(at)hotmail(dot)com with your address! Congrats! For those of you who didn't win the print you can purchase it here.


Carm said...

I'm thrilled. Everyone loves a good giveaway and this one was a GREAT one. Thank you soooo much.

Andi said...

I didn't see this, so I'm glad you posted it. She's so fabulous!!! I know that she'll produce more great works. Thanks for sharing. :)

PixieDust said...


I'm new to your blog and I have to say your artwork is beautiful!


I'm sorry I came upon your blog AFTER your shows, I would have love to attend (I'm here in the bay area as well).

Maybe the next one!


Fiona said...

That Ted Talk is great - I have always felt astonished whenever I have done a bit of really good work, that it had seemed effortless and that someone else had been guiding me.

Leaves and Feathers said...

Thanks you so much for posting this talk, she shares some absolutely brilliant insights into the creative process!

Lori said...

Hi Mati- I'm Lori. I love your work and have seen you around the web :) Just decided to check out your blog. It is great! I will be visiting more often. Thanks for posting this video. I teared up at the end. Just what I needed to hear tonight. Thank you for sharing

gigegy said...

thanks for sharing the ted talk. needed that today.