|Conclusion of A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver|
I've been a "shadow artist" too long. It wasn't until I began reading The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron last week that I discovered the name for it:
"Artists themselves but ignorant of their true identity, shadow artists are to be found shadowing declared artists."
"Creativity is play, but for shadow artists, learning to allow themselves to play is hard work."
The good news is, I've been working on emerging from the shadows, but I'm not out yet. I still have some work to do. It's one day at a time. Here are some lines from this inspiring book that are helping me to move along in the direction I know I want to go:
"Progress, not perfection, is what we should be asking of ourselves."
Art is faith. I'm a believer.
What is art to you? How have you emerged from the shadows?
P.S. Did you know Poetry's July/August issue is online for free right now? Yes, it is! Go read it! I especially like Tony Hoagland's poem "There Is No Word."