How to Free Your Imprisoned Artist

Chloe Pink for blog post Sept 4 2014

Artist and author Sharna Fulton shattered a myth I’ve been carrying around.

Sharna is the creator of Chloe Pink™ , the 7-year old character who inspires and motivates girls to be independent, adventurous, and believe in themselves. In our conversation, I’d been bubbling over with adoration for artists, specifically Sharna’s uber-cute illustrations paired with super empowering messages. How deeply and abidingly jealous I am of artists!

She stopped me, “But Jone, you are an artist.”Really? No, I don’t think so. “I’ve read your work—that’s art,” Sharna said, “don’t you see that?

I found myself blurting out how, in 5th grade, I’d won every single “top student” award—except in art. While telling this old-but-not-buried story, I could even picture my (losing) 5th grade art project. It involved a good deal of seriously manipulated paper-maché and oil paint that took several days to dry.

At age 11, I was no fool. I got the message loud and clear: I’m no good at art. I’m not and never will be an artist. I’d better stick to what I am good at.

Are you holding onto any messages, any myths about what you’re able to create?

If you are, here’s one absolutely fool-proof way to rediscover and unleash the creativity, the “artist” in you: Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages.

Cameron’s best-selling book, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, has enabled millions to realize their creative dreams. In fact, a dear friend gave me the book years ago (thank you again, Maureen), but it’s been gathering dust until Sharna recently exposed my “I-am-not-and-never-will-be-an-artist-because-my-5th-grade-self-tells-me-so” myth.

Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages is a daily practice. The best part? According to Cameron, “There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages.” What a relief and oh how so very right she is.

How To Do “Morning Pages”

How to do Morning Pages excerpt from Cameron’s resource-rich website:

Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*– they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page…and then do three more pages tomorrow.

I’m doing Morning Pages as a daily practice. I feel different. I’m thinking differently. I see a difference in how I write—and that’s in just two weeks.

Create and Be Free

Dear readers, let’s not wait to be Grandma Moses. Don’t allow any myths about your creative potential dampen even one more day. Bertrand Russell said it best: “There’s an artist imprisoned in each one of us. Let him loose to spread joy everywhere.”

As Chloe Pink reminds us: “When I create, I am free.” 

Gratitude to Sharna and to all you amazing, creative souls out there!

ABOUT SHARNA FULTONSharna Fulton is a communications professional and artist who encourages girls to believe in themselves through Chloe Pink™.  Check out the award-winning Chloe Pink and connect with @chloepink.

Want to learn more about Julia Cameron? Read this wonderful article by Maria Popova:  “Julia Cameron on How to Get Out of Your Own Way.”



  1. Nice post, Jone. This is a great reminder for those days of self-dobut.

    You are, indeed, an artist.

  2. Jone Bosworth, thank you for this post. Its very inspiring.

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