Quite frequently, I am asked why I like to do “all of the things.” I think it’s come up a bit more often within the contexts of conversations about creativity that I am having as I record interviews for my upcoming podcast, “The Art We Make” which will debut at the end of April! (stay tuned)
Anyhow, I find myself sputtering inadequate responses, because I am unsure myself why I do all of the things. I feel a certain embarrassment or maybe shame around it. Like, perhaps I should be satisfied with less and that the trying lots of different things is connected to a baseline feeling of lack. In other words, it’s an addiction.
But then I get defensive of my basket full of creative pursuits. Why can’t I be interested in a lot of things? So many of us are these days. We are a population of multi-passionates, who are adapting within an era of rapid change and uncertainty. Having many tools and skills at our disposal is smart.
It is fair to say that I have a fear that I am not going to be as developed in any one medium or area because I keep switching amongst my interests, but then I think about artists like Leonardo da Vinci and so many like him. No one thinks, “Geez, I wish Leo wasn’t interested in so many different things. I mean pick just one, already, gosh.” (BTW, I am in no way comparing my art to da Vinci - just our multi-passionate-ness).
Another thing, I feel that all of the things that I do are connected and feed into each other. Painting informs weaving. Writing inspires illustrations. Dyeing deepens my interest in nature and kindles new quilt designs.
I often think it would be easier to pick one thing because of marketing, but I just love all of my children and want to continue to grow in my creative power and knowledge with all of them in tow.
In short, I follow my curiosity and in doing so learn more about myself and what I can offer the world. Why impose limits?
Are you a multi-passionate? What drives your creative interests and pursuits?
PS Thank you for enduring my Andy Rooney style rant here. Not sure who I am yelling this at - probably myself.
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.