Candyss has been writing poetry, songs, and song lyrics since she was a teenager. She has written over forty songs, several short stories, shares a blog about creativity (visit the blog section on this website) and is currently writing two books; one on spirituality and the creative process and the other is a children’s fiction book. She is a huge believer in journaling and writing every day to keep the creative energy ignited and coaches creatives using her writing and meditation experience as a method of connecting to the authentic self and to the creative energy within.

Her book on conscious creativity will be launched in 2021 and she is currently tapping on the keys aiming to finish the fiction book and find a Publishing company before the end of 2021.

A lot of the time I use words in my art journals to describe what it is I’m seeing and what I want to paint. I drift from writing to drawing to painting while journalling and I really love word-craft just as much as painting. I paint what I imagine and write what I see. My characters in my current children’s book were first created from my sketchbooks and paintings. I’m imagining what doesn’t exist already and through imagining and sketching the characters are born.

I feel art and Literature overlap in countless ways and the practice of one strengthens the other. Whether I’m creating a world with pen or a brush – it’s still painting or writing what I imagine, what I feel and hear inside. The creative process is similar in both painting and writing too – staying open, getting into the flow state and stopping before your critic goes wild and wants to change all of it.

The visual arts gave birth to literature in many ways. Cave paintings were our first story telling language. We have evolved from this yet we’re still telling stories and communicating through painting and also creating new worlds and connecting with one another via the written page. Intuition, spontaneity and finding the courage to express what we feel is a brave thing to do – whether it’s art making or writing. I pick up a pen when I don’t feel the urge to paint; and paint when I am not feeling it with my writing. It keeps the creativity alive and energy flowing. My writing process is similar to painting – just make the mess and enjoy it and have the courage to come from the heart and tell the world how I feel and show the world what I see ~ and it will all work out in the end!

I paint what I imagine and write what I see. Whether I’m creating a world with pen or a brush – it’s still painting or writing what I imagine and what I feel and hear inside. The creative process is similar in both painting and writing too – staying open, getting into the flow state and stopping before your critic goes wild and wants to change all of it!

- Candyss Crosby