Creating a Muse – a first step in the creative cycle

23 Apr

Coming up for air after several months of intense work optimizing my website, I find myself looking for the impetus to get back into composition.  I have been thinking about some of the discussions and sharing I have had with artists over the past year or so about writing music for their work.

There is a great graphic artist who specializes in airbrush art, a man named John Shook, out of Pittsburgh, PA, who has expressed an openness to my writing for him.  I think he will be first up on the project priority list.  His work his mostly lighthearted, fun and often funny. But as usual with the really good artists, the simplicity and lightheartedness of much of his work belies the awesome technique and artistic sense which underlies.

There is a wonderful artist out of Oklahoma, named Julie Fain, who specializes in digital art, and specifically, silhouette art.  I’m not sure if she has branched away from this specialty area recently.  Nevertheless, she allowed me and a colleague to come up with music for some wonderful fairy images that she created.  I have an unfinished  commitment to her for some additional fairy pieces.  This is a top of the list project as well.

The intense work on site optimization has given me some welcome clarity in terms of project focus going forward with my composition.  Specifically, I need to build content on the site which leverages the keywords against which I am optimizing.  In order to be competitive on the web with other art sites that show fairy art, for example, I need to show more fairy art.  Same goes with mask and monster art, which is another area where I plan to compete.

These musings create a foundation for action.  They take something abstract – the artist’s need to return to his work, the gnawing from inside that can only be resolved through creative engagement – and convert that something to concrete goals and action steps.  That is – I will create music for another fairy silhouette.  I will follow through on my commitment to an artist, at the same time leveraging on his portfolio of mask and monster art to enhance my website optimization.

This process of musing – of transition from the abstract to the concrete – is creative.  We are creating a muse.  The muse functions to stimulate creative thought and moves us to process that thought into physical action.  As such, we already have taken a basic step to relieve that gnawing inside that speaks of need for creative activity.  We are caring for ourselves.  We have taken a baby step that leads us firmly and in a focused manner to our new project.

And we are full of hope, and excitement, and awe at the new discoveries, and learning, and professional development, and yes, even recognition, that await us.

spark on


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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in creative cycle


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