Diary of an Artist, The Artist's Way

Confessions of an Artaholic

October 15, 2014
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I have a chronic affliction little understood by scientists, doctors, most parents, people at extended family gatherings, and Centrelink. I am an Artaholic. Totally addicted to the creation of Art to the sacrifice of all else. I am also a spiritual seeker who feeds on free time and the luxury of contemplation and meditation. Which doesn’t mean to say I’m not hard-working and generally busy as fuck. Artists are some of the hardest working people I know. This is my Karma (fate) and my Dharma (path) and I have come to accept it. And I’m learning to ride the rollercoaster with more mastery as time goes on, steering my ship safely through wild and stormy seas in the direction of my dreams.

A few months ago I shifted camp from stunning Currumbin Valley on the bustling Gold Coast to live with my love on a beautiful and slightly boring macadamia farm way out the back of Byron Bay in a village that no-one’s ever heard of. It was a long cold isolated Winter during which I often contemplated boomeranging “home”, but my heart convinced me to stay and perhaps out of that aloneness and yearning for connection this blog was prematurely born. It’s been coming for a while, I just didn’t know it would be now.

I came up with the title Freedom Junkie on my way home from a WordPress workshop, buzzed on a thermos of Chai, winding through the magical forest road from Mullumbimby to the maca farm. It seemed to describe me well. My mind argued with it over a few weeks – the negative connotation, the slight cliché,  but one thing I have learned from years of living and arting and meditating, is to pay attention to my ideas. Like my desires, they are often messages from the Universe, the angels, God, my higher self, showing me the Way. This is the gift of listening. Don’t question your inspiration too much or you can get stuck. Let the ideas flow through you and don’t let fear of making a mistake paralyse you. This is the law of flow.

For the past 5 or 6 years I have also studied and practiced the Artist’s Way in a devoted fashion, and learnt and honed a heap of skills in the Art of being an Artist. I freakin’ LOVE this shit and will be talking about it a lot here at Freedom Junkie. I’ll also be interviewing and showcasing other  artists and people who inspire the hell out of me and asking them about their journeys and their creative processes.

So welcome to my journey, climb aboard. Walk with me as I find my way. Your thoughts are welcome here. Abuse is not! Jump on the email list if you want to get updates of my posts as they go up, and follow me on Bloglovin’, Facebook and Twitter. All the links are on this page and should be easier to find than an intelligent person in Parliament.

Yours truly, madly and oh-so-deeply, in the pursuit of love, happiness, and all things awesome…

Claire xo

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12 Comments

  • Reply Jules October 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Rock on CC!!! I’m in!

  • Reply Claire October 16, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    You rock my world Jules! One of my favourite characters in this unfolding story… my sister and bass player Jules Nimblefingers Bassey! <3

  • Reply Sotto October 16, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Ripper blog … artists need to know the path ahead of them… no good reinventing the wheel…good one CC….pile aboard all you aspiring artists!!!

  • Reply Jason Cheetham October 17, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Superb. Know these feelings deeply. Keep on sharing. Looking forward to more.

    • Reply Claire October 17, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Hey Jason! Thanks for the encouragement in this early stage of the journey… Look forward to sharing more with you. Stay tuned 🙂

  • Reply Becky Henry October 18, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    The Artist’s Way is a fantastic book. I delved into a bit of it years ago, and hope to get my hands on a copy again. 🙂 nice reading about your journey Claire 🙂

    • Reply Claire Cottone October 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks Becky. That book put me on a pretty amazing path that continues here on this blog… Look forward to hearing more from you too. CC x

  • Reply Anando Bharti October 22, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Great blog Claire! I look forward to reading more

    • Reply Claire Cottone October 24, 2014 at 7:16 am

      Thanks Bharti. I look forward to sharing more! Mwah x

  • Reply Emily Anderson October 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Wonderfull CC. Love your style of writing, I am totally amused by your honesty… awaiting more xo

    • Reply Claire Cottone October 24, 2014 at 7:14 am

      And I am totally inspired by you too beautiful Lee… more is coming…

  • Reply DENISE COTTONEI October 24, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    MY COUSIN CLAIRE, LOVELY WORDS
    OF A FREEDOM JUNKIE —A FEW WORDS FOR YOU

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