creative process: showing your warts

11 Jul

Creating in a vacuum is no fun.  Of course we want to put our best stuff forward.  But don’t let that natural impulse to show one’s best hang you up from showing anything at all.  As creative personalities, we are self-critical – and sometimes to a fault.  We lose site of the forest for the trees.  We have a beautiful painting, and interesting audio effect, a significant concept to share – but we keep dusting it off and tweaking it in our dark little corners where nobody can see.  Maybe the problem that holds us back is not so important to others.  Maybe the solution is not in our dark corner but in somebody’s feedback.

Lolita is working on the extension of a bit of audio she developed several months ago called Galactic Foreboding.  It is posted under her alias at:

Although this bit is unrefined, the concept unfinished, Lolita sensed there was some value in sharing something raw, in process.

In this case there was a nice dividend.  To Lolita’s surprise, her loop was picked up by an awesome guitarist who put a guitar solo over it.  That mix can be heard at the Audio Sparks for Art website:

Find a forum to share and start sharing.  The process of creation, and artistic growth, is iterative.  We return to the project each day with new eyes and ears and a brain receptive to new learning, to formulating new ideas.  But there is value sooner than we think in what is created already – and great satisfaction and encouragement from sharing – great learning from feedback.  Not to mention you will enhance your reputation as a producer and you will hold and build the interest of your fans.

spark on!


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