No Shortcuts

There are no shortcuts to producing a body of work with depth and breadth. You cannot fake or finesse this. It requires sustained, engaged attention (and intention).

You simply have to keep making art, following your heart and mind, trusting that your voice and vision are going forth into the world and touching others in ways that are needed. My job is to envision, create, and envision again. I can dream, but I cannot force that dream into reality. I envision it until it becomes reality.

Creativity is an imperative in my life. I must make art, and lesser things fall by the wayside, because my energy does not feed them.

That is as it should be. No guilt, no explanations, no regrets.


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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5 Responses to No Shortcuts

  1. This needs to be my daily mantra! As always, you’ve expressed something that resonates deeply within me…thank you.

  2. tammy vitale says:

    No short cuts on individual works either (though I often try to see if maybe I can find one). “…because my energy does not feed them.” What a marvelous way to decide what to do with one’s day. Am agreeing with “Sweetest” above: this needs to be my mantra, too!

  3. Jeane says:

    perfect! “I envision it until it become reality” this has been said many different ways by many people, but I love the simplicity of your words-thanks Carol, this is such an important statement :)

  4. Deb Sims says:


  5. True. True, and challenging.

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