Today was not about writing but painting.  I am not a painter.  I rarely paint, and I will never show anyone anything that I have painted.  But sometimes I think it’s good for the writer to pick up the brush and probably for the painter to pick up the pen.  Huxley, Vonnegut, Yeats, Sandburg would probably all agree.

I feel no stress when I paint — no pressure, no expectations — nothing but joy.  It reminds me very much how I felt when I was writing Dairy Queen, before I learned something about the business of publishing.  But the really great, wonderful part about painting, when I’m done and return to the written word, I find that joy lingers on the page!

Posted January 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm · 2 comments · Leave a Comment


  1. Leyda Macareno, January 25th, 2010, 9:23 pm

    what a great way to recharge, release and recoup pure inspiration, it sounds like pure joy Susan :).
  2. Susan Cushman, January 26th, 2010, 6:42 pm

    I enjoyed your comments at the Social Media Jam today... so sorry you weren't able to stay for lunch. I'm also a writer--8 published essays so far and 1-2 books in progress--but I also paint, and I know what you mean. It's a different outlet altogether. Hope we meet again!

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