OCEAN GIRL Where would you be without creativity?
Creativity is what keeps me grounded and also delights me and
challenges me. I cannot imagine my life without it. I used to resist it
at times but I never will again. It makes my soul happy and I like to
make and do things that make my soul happy.
OCEAN GIRL Do you think that everybody is creative?
Yes, I really do, whether it is music, dancing, drawing, painting,
poetry or writing. I believe we all have hidden treasures and a lifetime
to figure them out and share them.
OCEAN GIRL Do you or did you have a creative mentor? If so, tell us about this person.
I have many people that are wonderful influences.
Julie Saltzburg encouraged me to keep going and has always been there
for me. My older sister, Ann, was bravely exhibiting her art and I
thought, "I want to do that too". Wyanne Thompson knocks my socks off
with her creativity. She is a bad ass. And, I love Stacha Prazak
Conboy’s watercolor art. Meghan Cleary and Genevieve Cline inspire and
gently push me, as needed.
OCEAN GIRL How do you calm the inner critic?
My inner critics are mean, ooh eee! The “Who Do You Think You Are”
critic? and the “Isn’t This a Waste of Time” critic? I call them my
Monsters. I have little rubber monsters that I got out of a vending
machine that sit on my art table. I have learned that when the critics
show up, I listen and thank them for showing up. I tell them, “I am
safe. Thank you for the warning,” and continue on.
OCEAN GIRL How do you think social media has affected creativity?
I think social media is both great and awful. The great aspect is that
it allows for connection to people all over the world. You can share
classes and ideas and become friends. The downside is that if you
compare your art work to others or if you compare where you are to
people that have been creating all of their lives... enter those Critical
OCEAN GIRL Julia Cameron from the Artist’s Way says
that as creatives, we need to fill our creative well in order to draw
from it, how do you do this?
MPC I try to go on Artist Dates
with myself. They can be as simple as watching a great movie, going out
for a walk, researching a poet, walking in a cute town and visiting
shops, going to the dollar store or sitting on a bench in a mall and
OCEAN GIRL Are there certain circumstances that need to be in place before you create or can you just create any time?
I prefer a clean work space. I get so excited creating sometimes that I
get a lot of things out and make it messy. When I start anew I like to
put things back and start over.
OCEAN GIRL Do you have any advice for someone who doesn't think they are creative but wants to be?
Get curious, try things and keep trying. Everyone has to start at the
beginning. Allow yourself time to play. I also gave myself permission
to make crappy art.
OCEAN GIRL Is there anything else about creativity that you would like to add?
I think we need more creativity in the world. I think we need to
develop our imagination as it is critical for inventions. I think
creativity and play should be encouraged; we seem to be in a scarcity,
fear rut. Less judgement, more acceptance, more play, more creativity,
more love. OK, stepping off my soapbox.
I would like to thank Mary Pressel Cline for her time and for her
wonderful insights. You can find her sprinkling her sunshine and
stardust at the following places online: