On the Creative Construction blog, several participants have casually mentioned that they practice multiple means of artistic expression. James McBride, author of Song Yet Sung, one of the books that I am currently reading for review, is both a writer and a musician.
I can’t paint, draw, or play an instrument, but I suppose you could say that dance is another of my creative outlets. I’ve written fiction and poetry since I was a child, but for most of my life, dance was the creative venue I felt better represented my true nature. I’ve studied a variety of dance forms over the years, and I still find that in both my sleeping and waking state, my mind wanders to choreography as often as it does to writing.
Do creative people tend to express themselves in a variety of ways, or more commonly latch onto one definitive medium? Perhaps there is a need to communicate something that burns inside of us that causes us to reach out through whatever mode of expression we can find.
Are you a photographer who also paints? A dancer/musician? A designer and a sculptor? How many of you practice more than one form of art, even if it’s something you just consider a hobby or that you’ve rarely ever shared with anyone else?
Or, in contrast, have you have latched onto one creative outlet and stuck with it, to the exclusion of all others? Are you obsessed with sewing, writing or sketching? Did you ever dabble in anything else, even as a child?
I welcome your thoughts.