“But nothing important, or meaningful, or beautiful, or interesting, or great, ever came out of imitations. What is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”-Anna Quindlin

Is expressing ourselves creatively essential to our well-being and lives even if we are never famous, never receive recognition? It is great to hear about an artist who continued to create because that was what she had to do. She did not have any formal training but did it anyway. Eventually she was able to receive recognition and some income from her art. This post is dedicated to all of us who want to express our creativity and may never be recognized.

Maud Lewis had rheumatoid arthritis and lived in a small house without indoor plumbing or electricity. “Her pleasure didn’t come from the pride of having done a painting, but the creative act itself and the enjoyment others seemed to get from her work.”-Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

I am sharing a post from Hyperallergic by Olivia Gauthier about the film Maudie.

Some more info about Maud Lewis and her paintings from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. And a story from NPR, Home is Where The Art Is: The Unlikely Story of Folk Artist Maud Lewis.

We Are The World Blogfest is hosted this month by: Belinda WitzenhausenLynn HallbrooksMichelle Wallace, Sylvia McGrath, Sylvia SteinIf you would like to join in this blogfest you can link up here. Featured image of Maud Lewis in front of her home via the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Wikimedia.

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16 thoughts on “Creativity

    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      It is good Maud was able to make some money to support herself but I love what she says about her painting, that it is what made her happy. When we can just express ourselves for ourselves that is the best. Thank you, JoAnna ❤

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  1. BWitzenhausen

    I love this story and as a Canadian am very familiar with Maud Lewis’s work. Her story speaks to me, I am a firm believer that creativity both heals and empowers. Thank you so much for sharing this! #WATWB 🙂

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  2. Mandy

    I love this post. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the money mindset where you are making things with the hope of selling. But with that mindset, it’s hard to put passion into a piece. So then no one wants to purchase it because there is no feeling in it. It’s like they can sense that you were just after money. I love reading stories about people who didn’t give in to greed (or the need to survive, let’s be real) and still managed to become successful for their creativity. Thank you for sharing this story, Deborah. ❤

    With Love,


    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Thank you, Mandy. I love that Maud painted for the joy of it and was truly expressing herself. I am glad that others appreciated her art. I would say try to express yourself first and put it out there.




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