The Craft Of Creating – thoughts on the processes of creativity and art making.

Much has been written on the processes of creativity and painting.  About both the more esoteric and the technical skills that we need to acquire along the way. What do I mean by esoteric skills? These are those things which extend beyond the range of what brush to use or how to manipulate your materials. Rather they are those unseen gremlins that litter the creative path, whether you are a writer, painter, sculptor or film maker.

These are the demons of :

  • Resistance
  • Lack of self-worth
  • Perfectionism

There are probably many more, however many other things fall under the umbrella of these, which I like to call, The Big Three. So lets take a look at them individually. One of the really important things about being on the creative journey is that we

A. Recognize that we are on it and

B. Having recognized it, we Embrace it.

Even if you are only attending an art class or going to a creative writing group, stop and think for a moment – WHY are you doing that?

the craft of creating

Taking a Workshop

Most people will rationalize that away by saying something like “It’s just a hobby” or “it’s my time out away from the kids, spouse or whatever.”  However my question to you is,  WHY have you chosen to do that particular thing? Why didn’t you feel called to be an athlete or a deep-sea diver or anything else you might care to name? Well the reason is that you have felt the inner calling of your creative self. We are all called to do something in this world. We have a unique raison d’etre as the French say.  A reason for being that no one else can fulfill because they are not us.

Your turning up at an art class or a creative writing weekend is no accident. You have taken your first steps on the journey. The next post on this topic, will look at Resistance and how we do that.  What kind of behaviours can we identify as coming from Resistance? Check back in two weeks to find answers to these thoughts.

This Week’s Question: How then can you grab hold of your creative fledgling and bring it up to be the beautiful swan it was meant to be?

Next Thursday’s Post:The Dance of  Life Continued

Next Monday’s Post: Colour Mixing – Yellows

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

“Our own worth is measured by what we devote our energy to.” – Marcus Aurelius

This is an interesting way of looking at our life’s value and our own self worth.

Marcus was a remarkably wise man. “Marcus Aurelius’ work Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration.” – Wikipedia.

Bust of Marcus Aurelius

Bust of Marcus Aurelius

Surprisingly the thoughts and principles expounded in his work are as relevant in the 21st century as they were in C170. If our worth is judged by the amount of energy we devote to something it follows that this is also a measure of what is important to us.  Or more precisely the back story of why we do that activity is what is important. I would suggest that this is in all likelihood something we don’t spend a great deal of conscious though on.

For example, are you doing work that sits some where on the scale between, hate and indifference? If so why do you stay there? What is your back story about that?

Of course there are many, many reasons we use to justify this state of affairs, staying in a bad situation way beyond time we might have moved on, and I am no stranger to that particular story.

In light of this, when was the last time you took half a day out on your own to look insight-fully at your life and what you are doing with it? The important thing to recognize is, how precious each and every moment is, and to then ask yourself the following questions –

#   How could I make this moment better?

#   Thus far – how has my life been measured?

#   What have I devoted my energy to?

#    How is my creativity showing up?

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