No butterflies in sight on this journal page...this is my entry for this week's theme over at the new Three Muses challenge blog. At Three Muses, they're exploring the theme "doors" and so I chose and slightly altered a quote from Christopher Morley. The actual quote reads "The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness." However, I felt the sentiment was applicable to artists as well (poets are essentially word artists.) I know that I do this dance on a daily basis, trying to harness the fiery emotions and thoughts crowding my brain in any given moment. There's some potent, mad wild stuff going on upstairs, wonderful, inspirational, imaginative stuff if used right...powerful, move mountains kind of stuff if managed with a healthy dose of caution. The trick is determining how far open the door can swing before one has gone from crazy productive to just plain crazy. It is a constant struggle, full of letdowns and rewards, sorrows and joys, failures and triumphs. It can mean the difference between artistic fuel and a house in flames. Personally, if I can manage a bonfire of activity at the easel and in the same moment, a house that's only smoldering, well, that's as successful (and courageous) as it gets.