I stumbled across the following free-form a week or so ago. I had scribbled it in my notebook this past October, and little did I know it would be the first step toward the creation of this blog and this mission of mine. At the time, I suppose, I was a bit lost. I was looking for a way to document my own process of creation, but I wasn’t sure how or what I was to do. By the end of this somewhat-poetic question-and-answer free-form, I was inspired with the basic concept behind my own “just-be-creativity” philosophy.
How do I inspire creation?
How do I get inspired for my own creation?
Are the year’s seasons enough?
The colors in the trees…
The crunch under my feet…
The increasing quiet and peace…
Words of others provoke me to think;
Ideas flow and questions follow.
Dialogues to be had someday…
Inspirations to be grasped.
Right Brain vs. Left Brain:
Which is the dominant brain?
Right has taken a long vacation, as it seems…
‘But is seeming reality?’ Asks Left.
‘Reality is not logical…’ States Right.
But in this world of creating realities,
Who do I need to please with my creativity?
Who is the audience to my being?
Just me being.
Just being creativity…
When I write, I have a tendency to ask questions — I question my own motives for the lines that I create. Questions provoke thought, and every time I read the above, I think of something different.
I always find it difficult to title my work, so I tend not to. I have learned that my process of creation involves experimentation and personal reflection, yielding more questions or answers to a bigger and overall understanding of my own being. Even in reviewing my work, after a great span of time has passed, I do not receive the same message. I do not expect my viewers (even myself) to approach my creations with any precognition of what will be taken away. Titles do that; titles provide a context within which a creation is to be experienced. So, if this is true, how can I prescribe a context to an evolving process?
It is great for me to look back on a piece like this. I’ve thought about it often since it was written, but I haven’t revisited it. Although the meaning has somewhat changed for me, the inspiration has not.
Thanks for reading — I promise I’ll have fresh material for you soon. It’s been a long week…
2 thoughts on “October Pondering… Only the Beginning.”
Questioning is always good and is the road to true intelligence.
When I get bogged down creatively I have to tell myself to “just do it”!! Sometimes creativity may come in the process when it is not always present in the for-thought. Spreading paint on a canvas with no preconceived ideas and letting the muses direct the flow is liberating and almost spiritual. We are so controlled by those outside voices that it is difficult to allow our inner voice lead the process. The trick is to let it in and let it happen even though it may not always be a masterpiece. By liberating your soul you are allowing the your true self shine through.
I once said to your GreatGrandmother that I sometimes felt that once the concept is created and logically planned out in my mind it wasn’t necessary to act on it. To which she told me that was just a “cop out” and in effect I realized that my way of thinking represented nothing but a sense of laziness. Perhaps what was really going on was that once I had mulled over my concept to such a degree I had dampened my creative impulse. Thus too much planning and thinking can be a hinderance.
Check out the work of Robert Henri, “The Art Spirit” (Philadelphia, 1923).
“It is harder to see than it is to express. The whole value of art rests in the artist’s ability to see well into what is before him.”
“Art cannot be separated from life. It is the expression of the greatest need of which life is capable, and we value art not because of the skilled product, but because of its revelation of a life’s experience.”
“Paint what you feel. Paint what you see. Paint what is real to you.”
“Different men are moved or left cold by lines according to the difference in their natures. What moves you is beautiful to you.”
Keep up the great work!!! I love what you are doing.
Great advice, and excellently put!
Art has a certain infectious spontaneity. Over-thinking tends to create the illusion of removed spontaneity. But, in reality, every process has it’s own unforeseen challenges or bumps along the path. Just as we cannot see the future, we cannot plan the future either. Something unknown is always around the corner, hiding amongst the familiar. So, even if you have the perfect idea for the most spectacular project and know exactly how to go about it, you can’t foresee yourself accidentally spilling lime green paint all over you canvas — as cliche as is sounds: it isn’t about getting there, it is about the journey.
I remember reading about Robert Henri in Art History class in college. Very interesting man, and those quotes are very inspirational. I’ll certainly be looking into that book at the library this week!
Thanks for the recommendation, the inspirational advice and for visiting my blog!