I am having fun with the metamorphoses of many of my original paintings into a large variety of products. The list is now long so I will name just a few: From what was born as paintings, they have now been reborn as apparel – leggings, (Capri, Yoga, and Unisex Leisure Pants), all manner of tops, headbands, tote bags, pillows, museum quality prints, stationary, duvet covers, blankets, shower curtains, the list goes on.  I find it exciting to witness how one artistic enterprise can evolve into so many different forms!

Custom Apparel by Ellen Palestrant - Leggings & Sports Bras

(View my Custom Art Inspired Apparel HERE.)

I have always felt, however, that we are more than the one career that we happen to have chosen at a particular point in our lives.  We are more than the one creative path on which we have embarked. If we suddenly feel drawn to another creative path, it is a good idea to explore it too. Flexibility of thought is a virtue and veering off in new directions can be exciting and energizing.  

What we pursued in the past is seldom a waste; the accumulated knowledge and experience might well have prepared us for the new areas that we now wish to explore. Having the capacity to be attracted to new ideas is an essential element of creativity. So even though it is important to specialize and become proficient in a particular area, exploring new interests can lead to the discovery of unexpected and novel combinations of the old and the new. Past and present areas of work, often connect and form a greater whole. And that is the excitement for me to see my paintings become so many other things.

So, enjoy entering new areas of interest however expert you might be in what you presently do because “overspecialization … can have a deleterious effect on a person’s thinking. If areas of work are isolated and pigeonholed, they will lack connectivity. This can make an individual narrow and dull. It can also be a disservice to society because diverse subjects and professions, nourish each other and naturally overlap. When people allow themselves only one designation, they cease to try other things… Ideas that do not pertain to their specialization are banished rather than integrated.

But many of us do have the ability to whip up surprisingly creative brews and we should not put boundaries on our interconnecting  ideas. We must give ourselves the freedom to explore our own creativity because not doing so and only permitting ourselves one designation, will make us cease exploring other areas as well. Many abandon other aspects of their ability, their deep interests and potential growth because they do not appear pertinent to their work. We are so much more than the one or the few things that we do well –  even though, it makes sense to specialize and become proficient in a particular area. However, connectivity and freedom from boundaries are essential elements in creativity.

The subject of overspecialization is one to which I have given a great deal of thought and one that I discuss in my book, Have You Ever Had a Hunch?

Have You Ever Had a Hunch book

((Learn more about Have You Ever Had a Hunch? HERE.)

Although categories or labels can be useful in organizing products and placing them in understandable areas, they can also be creativity crunchers. They can limit thoughts to fit particular categories, slots or genres; they impose barriers between subjects that would naturally connect. They prevent the birth of something new because it doesn’t fit conveniently into an existing niche. Ideas and hunches, which cannot be easily compartmentalized are rendered homeless, and real creativity – organic, free-flowing, unique – is prevented from being unleashed. Categories or labels, instead of being constants, should be regarded as useful suggestions.

So I will continue to combine my writing, my painting, videos and other creative areas into which they naturally flow. I will merge them into unexpected new wholes.

The stories of our lives are replete with creative potential. Therefore, many writers go back to their pasts in order for them to move forward. The remembered emotions of long gone occurrences can become reactivated quite suddenly by a variety of stimuli but now staged in a different arena – in the theaters of their minds. The old becomes new and what might have been sparked initially by a sudden memory glimpse, can result in a different story – a product of their ever-changing selves.

Book: The World of Glimpse Hard Cover Book

(Learn more about The World of Glimpse hard cover book HERE.)

For me, many areas of creativity connect in different ways, be it in the books, the paintings, films and art that I have done. And now it is in the products emanating from my art. I never expected to sell shower curtains among so many other things! Take my writing as an example: Although I choose to write fantasy where the major ingredient is of course creativity, within the characters and within their lives, there is also a basis of reality.  Take THE WORLD OF GLIMPSE as an example: Even though it is fantastical, imagined, made up, invented, an escape into other realms of possibility through writing and painting, there are without any predetermination, aspects of society, of politics, and human foibles and certainly, there are aspects in many ways of myself in some of my imagined characters. And that would make sense because, after all, these Glimpsible characters emanated from me.

I am for example, somewhat like the Lunaberry Moths of The World of Glimpse, because I, too, seem to  create from mauve to pink to yellow to blue – when there are no interruptions or other things to which I need to attend. I have found that the more I create… the more I want to create because one thought leads to another and then another and one painting that I have created becomes so many other things.

Painting: A Lunaberry Moth

(Prints available of A Lunaberry Moth HERE.)

The hours, the days, the weeks… the years seem to merge as I delve into my own internal creative resources and discover, with a sense of freedom and joy, the material that beckons to me to create more from its intrinsic potential. Indeed, many creative people can’t stop themselves from creating – and nor do they want to. Between conceiving, daydreaming, imagining, originating and then, producing, they still find enough time to attend to family and to other responsibilities. They are always busy but they do lead fulfilling lives.

Creative people embark on journeys of joyful discovery, of fun and optimism. Optimism, because they have realized that the creative resources within them are abundant and will not dry up; the only thing that might run out, is time, so they seize each moment they have, for further creative exploration. However long it takes to complete what they do, they never give up because of that relentless, gnawing drive within them to discover just what it is that they are compelled to bring to the fore…eventually.

So, I, too, can sing together with the Lunaberry Moths of The World of Glimpse.

We never stop…

Baking and Making,
Shaping and Forming,
Turning out, Churning out,
Decorating, Adorning…
lunaberry ice cream, lunaberry cakes,
lunaberry pancakes and lunaberryshakes.
Lunaberry wafers, lunaberry chips,
lunaberry cookies and lunaberry dips.
Lunaberry hotdogs, lunaberry mustard,
lunaberry trifle and lunaberry custard.
Lunaberry burgers, lunaberry fries,
lunaberry toffies and lunaberry pies.
Lunaberry popsicles,
lunaberry jello,
lunaberry candy
and lunaberry marshmallow.
From mauve to pink to yellow to blue,
We stir, we sprinkle, we barbecue…