In 2010 a series of survey questions were posted on my blog as a means of ‘taking the pulse’ of the online art community. More than 40 questions were posed and the results of the survey were presented as sidebars in my book The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed. The survey tapped into a range of issues, both practical and psychological, related to being an artist today.
In Pulse Points, my newest series continuing today on Create Mixed Media, select survey questions from the book were presented to several different groups of artists working in mixed media and beyond.
Today's rockstar panel includes: Quinn McDonald, Carla Sonheim, Sue Bleiweiss, Christine Mason Miller, and Jill K. Berry.
Today's questions and original survey results from The Pulse of Mixed Media:
How do you feel if you don't tap into your creative ability regularly?
Doesn't affect me at all...3%
N/A - I always tap into my creativity...12%
Do you think of art as therapeutic?
Yes, art is my form of therapy…45%
Sometimes art can be therapeutic for me…49%
No, art is just art…6%
And a taste of what our panel members had to say:
Jill K. Berry: "If I go days without being in my studio I feel like I am neglecting one of my senses."
Carla Sonheim: "When feeling good, expressing myself creatively is where I go first."
Sue Bleiweiss: "Tapping into my creative energy is just as important to my well being as eating and sleeping."
Quinn McDonald: "Creativity is the sharpened point of the pencil, rather than the eraser."
Christine Mason Miller: "I have used art to process, work through and express all kinds of emotions, struggles and issues in my life."