Prayer for Bhutan (Heather Bishop)
Heather Bishop never stops. She's been creating and sharing her music and art for over 40 years.
Between writing, performing, the recent release of her
new book, her art that is selling faster then she can paint, and her work as
a keynote speaker, her career is busier than ever.
Heather has been invited to be the Distinguished Artist at St. Norbert
Arts Centre this summer and is hanging a one woman show, her first in
In the midst of getting ready for the show, Heather paused--just for a moment--to share a few secrets of her success.
When I began my journey as an artist over 40 years ago, I had a plan. And as I now teach the artists I mentor - goals and plans must be written down - in pencil. I have learned that the only thing that doesn't change, is that everything always changes.
I started out as a visual artist. And then music took over and I went on the road for 35 years, promising myself I would return to my easel when I got sick of touring. A few years ago I came off the road and began retiring from performing and speaking. Happily, I began painting again.
But as life would have it, my career is on an upward swing again and I have been forced to be most circumspect with my creative time. The little time I do have to paint now is so precious that I am drawn ever closer to the essence of why I paint.
Our faces are maps of our time here and I am inextricably drawn to capture that richness of a life well lived.
The state of being creative is an unfathomable gift and privilege. Perhaps a glimpse into the ultimate Creator. Mostly certainly a glimpse into one's own centre wherein lies that connection to all.
I have learned to trust the call of that Muse. I cherished her as a child, followed her with wild abandon through art school in the 60's - a most powerful time on this planet - and followed her from the canvas to the stage and now back again.
Among many things it has taught me this. The gratitude of the moment.
The process of being creative is truly a time of worshipping the divine and marvelling that we mere mortals have access to that energy. Truly giving over of oneself to the state of being creative is to sink into that place, on your knees, heart and hands outstretched in awe to receive such gifts.
And then the real world begins to put bar codes on it and package it and market it and pay people to judge it. But the miracle has already been and gone. The state of being creative is, at the genesis of any creation, a very private moment. I feel as privileged peeking in as I do peeking out.
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