I am an artist and also a psychologist-in-training. I have found a clear connection between my emotional state and the artwork I produce. However, it has not necessarily been consistent. For example, under great stress for a number of years I was unable to produce anything, and when eventually freed from the situation I poured forth more good work in 4 years than in my previous lifetime. However, once my life settled down to what I would describe as contentment, the creativity has lessened to a great extent. I also ocassionally write. I find it useless to attempt this unless there is some acute emotion involved - sadness or joy. So I agree with you when you say that an overflowing of emotions have to be reassembled, dealt with and/or put to use - it's great for those of us who can do this creatively. Oh, yes, I do note a correlation between madness and creativity, but not enough to reach a conclusion.
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