A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 287: Saturday Life Quote – Fisher

Take your broken heart turn it into art

“Take your broken heart, make it into art.” – Carrie Fisher

For today’s Saturday Life Quote I decided to post the final Creative Spirits artwork I did. I used the quote above but now realize I didn’t get it exactly right… and its upside-down… and hard to read… in my messy creation.

A broken heart is not, of course, the only inspiration for art. Sometimes it is a heart full of good things. But Fisher’s statement has more to do with art as therapy. Whatever it is that you do that is creative, lean on that when you are down, discouraged, sad.

I’m not particularly proud of this artwork posted here but it did come from a genuine place. I am not particularly happy right now with the state of my life. But I can make some of that discouragement and disillusionment into art. It is difficult for me to see right now how that works as therapy, but I do know that my brain and spirit are in an entirely different place when I take up a pencil or pen, when I paint or draw, than during the bulk of my day. Art has helped me find some solace and beat back some depression. That is enough.

I want to encourage you all to promote the creative spirit in your own lives, whatever shape that takes. It is not a frivolous or useless thing. It is something in you that can be the means to carry you through all the ridiculous crap life slings at you. That, most certainly, makes it enough.

A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 126: Saturday Life Quotes – Carrie Fisher


“Instant gratification takes too long.”

Carrie Fisher (1956-2016) was sardonic, insightful, caustic, authentic and brutally honest. She was unafraid to skewer herself and the plastic-fantastic world of Hollywood she was born into. So much more than a pretty face and so much more than a movie star princess, she was sharply intelligent and wickedly funny.

I thought it appropriate just a couple of days after May the Fourth to give her a chance to provide us with Life Quotes for this Saturday.

To me, she’s royalty.

“I think that the truth is a really stern taskmistress.”

“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”

“Everything is negotiable. Whether or not the negotiation is easy is another thing.”

“As you get older, the pickings get slimmer, but the people don’t.”

“It’s the most amazing thing to be able to forgive.”

“All of us are looking for an outside ordeal that will internally change us.”

“It creates community when you talk about private things.”

“You get to choose what monsters you want to slay. I’m sorry to say this again, but let’s face it – the Force is with you.”