Creative Life: On Momentum, Production and Second Guessing

08 May

When opportunity knocks – answer!  The old adages still ring true.  And the old farts remember the old adages.  The young ones don’t want you to be like them – they want you to be cool with yourself so they can relax and learn from you.

There is a powerful dynamic in which we can creatively engage when the business starts to take off.  The business, presumably, of your art sales, your music commissions.  We need to find ways to produce efficiently and timely, at the same time affording ourselves ongoing opportunity to breathe, and learn, and experience, to simmer new works and concepts.

At first blush, these 2 goals would seem diametrically opposed.  If we are rushing madly to fulfil obligations to our clients and patrons, where do we find the time to create that nurturing space which ensures ongoing creative growth?

There are some strategies.  One that comes to mind is to define rather limited new projects during periods of mad busy production and business management.  And then to define very liberal completion time frames for our new works.  Small projects afford us the opportunity to dig in and wrap our minds around something “bite-sized.”  Times of busy production are not times to write the epoch novel, or paint on the large canvas.  It is a time for miniatures, for “blue period” sketches.

In the case of the Composer for Art, he has found a brilliant set of masks by the Harrisburg artist, Dani Stohe.   These masks suggest short dramatic audio enhancements which tie in to our Composer’s effort to introduce new hardware into his work.

The other strategy that comes to mind is easier in some creative disciplines than others.  The idea is to have a body of work already available that can be responsive when the demand is there.  To the extent possible, rushing to complete commissions – it is nice when we can avoid that.  In the case of our Composer/Website designer, he can engage the work of other composers, or draw on existing works of his own, when artists are expressing opportunity to show with music on his site.  And he can find time to post the audio/visual pairings neatly and carefully – well optimized for search engines – all the while chipping away in a relaxed manner within his recent iteration of the personal creative cycle.

Spark on


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