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Filling the Well

Art is an image-using system. In order to create, we draw from our inner well. This inner well, an artistic reservoir, is ideally like a well-stocked trout pond. We've got big fish, little fish, fat fish, skinny fish-- an abundance of artistic fish to fry. As artists, we must realize that we have to maintain this artistic ecosystem.

If we don't give some attention to upkeep, our well is apt to become depleted, stagnant, or blocked. Any extended period of piece of work draws heavily on our artistic well.

As artists we must learn to be self-nourishing. We must become alert enough to consciously replenish our creative resources as we draw on them-- to restock the trout pond, so to speak. I call this process filling the well. 

11 Comments on "Filling the Well"

  1. I like it. “Filling the well.” But what if we have too many fish and our well is over-crowded? I keep getting distracted from the intimidating Big Fish I’ve been working with for a few years now… 🙂

    I’m glad I found your blog; love your book. “Morning Pages” have been the most wonderful gift I’ve received in many years!

  2. Regarding the “filling”: I find I need to “empty out” at times from the distractions and pressures that build up (from everyday life) before I can fill up again. I have learned (over the years) that for me personally this must be done. I cannot expect my creativity to flourish amidst weeds or a pond filled with debris. It requires patience but is worth it as it honors the working environment which I find enables freshness and focus.

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