Today I read and watched an interview with Marjolein Bastin. She is my most favorite nature watercolorist. To me her work embodies all the energy that nature exudes and after this interview I understand why.
She is in love with nature and her work. She wakes up every day just waiting to put brush to paper. She wants to share her excitement about nature with everyone, thinking about who she would like to excite about the things she’s excited about.
That is what our lives should be about. How can we share what we love and are excited about with others and live a comfortable life while doing it? Not many of us get the opportunity to do just that. We often sideline our deep desires to fulfill our “obligations.” We lose our zest for life and start planning for retirement in the hopes that we’ll have enough energy left to then pursue our now deeply hidden love.
She also talks about community and how much she needs it. The sharing, talking about what you do, and where you want to go. Listening to others share their dreams and aspirations, sometimes picking up a new idea along the way.
My sister also has that very same outlet. A community studio where she can go and work or just to hang out with other creative people and chat, sharing her dreams, concerns, and fears in a safe place. She’s considers it a blessing and a necessity for her creative muse.
That is what Nurturing Our Creativity (NOC) is all about. It is about being that safe haven where we can come together and talk about our dreams, our passions, our fears, our frustrations, whatever is a part of our creative journey. That’s why I decided to start my blog with this interview, because to me Marjolein embodies what every creative dreams of and hopes for. She is living and loving her passion. She is sharing it with the world. She’s excited about every single day of her life.
Even if your passion doesn’t earn you enough money to live on or you don’t even want to earn money from it, because then it would lose some of its charm, having a creative community around you to help is so very important. Friends to commiserate with when the going gets rough or just to be able to hang with when you want some company.
I hope you will take the time to read the interview and watch the embedded videos. They were a source of inspiration for me and a boost to get this web site up and active. Plus I found out her favorite bird is the wren, which is mine also!