Oil on linen - 9x12"
I have pretty much always believed that I am not creative. Technically proficient yes, creative no. A couple of recent conversations got me thinking more about this, and began to lead me to a new perspective.
In pondering what exactly creativity is, I'm starting to think that it isn't some mysterious thing that we have to find within ourselves and draw out, some magical something that rises up from the depths when it's ready to show itself. It's occurring to me that creativity is simply about curiosity.
Focusing on the QuestionsInstead of starting a painting with the intention of getting to the end of it, I'm noticing it's different when I focus on how many things I can get curious about going in. Things like:
- what exactly compels me to paint a certain subject, and why
- what is my specific, unique way of looking at the world
- where does my excitement to tackle a subject come from
- what drives my personal choice about what to leave in and what to take out
- what is my immediate response when I lay one colour, one value, one edge down beside another
- what's it like to really experience, moment by moment, the act of transforming a flat white canvas into bits of colour that tell a cool story
"Art isn't a result; it's a journey. The challenge of our time is to find a journey worthy of our heart and soul." - Seth Godin
PS: A friend suggested I start posting some close-ups of my paintings. Here's a closer look at the detail in this one: