Reawaken the Artist Within or Lost in the Real World

Well, hello there! The cat is back. She’s been out exploring and hanging out at the art museum. Sometimes you just need to immerse yourself in beautiful works of art to awaken your inspiration.

Johann Sebastian Bach, portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann

This blog post is the start of many where I will be talking with you as I work through the book “The Creative Call” by Janice Elsheimer. I read this book a few years back in a time of transition and it seemed like a good time to revisit it as I move my business across town into my first “official” office space. I found that it inspired and challenged me to be more of the artist God wanted me to be. I am excited to hear what He has to this time around.

What exactly is “The Creative Call?”

The Creative call speaks to all levels of artists. Starting with the professional to the beginner, writer, dancer, musician, poet, gardener, cook, photographer – this book addresses how many artists enter the “real world” forgetting about what used to truly bring us joy from within.

Your creativity was meant be used. Whether you are an artist who has already identified your gifts or you believe that you have artistic talent that has never been developed, working through this book will help you grow closer to becoming the person God has designed you to be.

• Think of yourself as an artist.
• Exercise your artistic gift regularly.
• Call on the Holy Spirit as your source of inspiration.
• Develop the habit of journaling as a way to realize unlocked creativity.
• Enter into a closer union with God.
• Develop your artistic gifts.
 

For me, I grew up learning piano and cello at an early age. I pursued and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Cello Performance on a music scholarship. Yet, nearly 20 years later my cello sits facing the corner mainly unplayed like a punished child. (At least it is out of it’s case).

During the day, I work as a graphic designer. This fit with my other passion, art. I chose to follow this career path in order to make more money than I thought I could earn as a musician. It was a hard decision to make! Even though I am what is considered a creative professional, many design jobs have more technical and practical needs than they do unique and creative. I try to be as creative as I can within my client’s budget, by there are many days that the time limitations of budget dictates the level of creativity and freedom.

The book and study, The Creative Call, helps to rekindle the spirit of creativity and awaken your  inner passions. I look forward to take this journey of discovery with you. Please share as you discover what things you have stopped doing because the real world got in the way.

What inspires you? What makes you smile when you do it? I’m lost in the sounds of the Bach Suites For Cello… now I’ve got to leave you here while I go tune up the old cello to play along and find my smile again.

Sincerely, The Cat.

You can purchase your own copy of “The Creative Call” on Amazon.com.

*Please note: I am not getting any commissions from Amazon, but am simply recommending a known source to purchase the book. Please feel free to find elsewhere online or in your local book store.
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  • blackhat

    I would like to voice my gratitude for your generosity giving support to folks who require guidance on in this study. Your real commitment to getting the message across had been unbelievably interesting and has usually encouraged guys much like me to get to their ambitions. Your own interesting guide means a great deal to me and extremely more to my colleagues. Warm regards; from each one of us.

    • lisa

      Thanks for your comment “gscraper,” please tell me more about yourself and what you do. What kind of artist are you?

  • Pamela Grover

    Thank you for inviting me to participate in your discussion, Lisa!

    I’m in a summer Bible Study right now and trying to understand how to surrender myself to God and all that He has planned for me. As you know, I love photography and digital scrapbooking. With my business I can pursue both passions but I want to see how God wants me to use these passions for His glory and furthering His kingdom.

    I’ll get the book and read along with you. Keep me posted.

    • lisa

      Thanks for stopping by Pam and sharing some of your story. You will really enjoy this book and I think it will add to (re) discovering more of those talents you have and encourage you through journaling and digging within to learn what MORE GOOD THINGS God has in store for you. It was inspirational the first time through for me and I am anxious to let the exercises encourage me again through prayer and contemplation. Here’s your first assignment, look up the definition of artist and then write your own definition in YOUR NEW CREATIVE CALL JOURNAL tracking this journey. Elsheimer encourages us to write first thing in the morning while we are still sleepy for about 10-20 minutes – where we listen to what God has to say to us in the stillness of the morning before kids are up and about. Words for inspiration, “When I’m operating at my best, my work is my prayer. It comes out of the same place that prayer comes out of – the center, the heart.” by Mathhew Fox, PhD. I love that quote. I think it would be great as something to hang in my office – scrap it with photos…. enjoy the journey. It’s a blessing to have you along with me. Chat with you soon!

  • Lisa

    What a cool post, Lisa! Though I’m not necessarily a Christian, I have found a call in my artistic passions. I’m a professional musician of 30+ years who has been pretty successful for the past 6 years since leaving the corporate ties. I started my own business, LyricalBiz, to help me supplement my career as a musician and recently started “Websites for a Song”, a business dedicated to helping small businesses, artists of all walks, solopreneurs find their place on the web with an affordable website solution. I found that working in WordPress, people can manage their own websites effectively and creatively. I customize and help brand their image, sometimes with the help of talented graphic designers like you. Working with people helps serve my creative call in both music and web development. Wishing you every success in all your endeavors!

  • Tracy

    Great blog post, Lisa! I am looking forward to reading all of them as you travel through this book. Just reading this inspired me. There is so much beauty around us and within us when we practice our skills and have faith. :-)

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