Creative Process: Organization

11 Jun

Such a romantic life you lead, as a full-time artist.  Get up late, have a leisurely cup of coffee.  Crank up the tunes and dive into your project.  Right?  No?

For most of us engaging seriously, and ongoing, in a creative process, each day, especially at the beginning of the day’s creative work, is about organization.  Our Composer, our Lady of Writing and Fitting Music for Visual art, discovered recently a very on point image that speaks to this process of organization.  Essentially the sharing artist put up a picture of his palette for the day.  This notion of creating the day’s palette, of developing and establishing the colors for the day, essentially the toolbox for the day, extends beyond painting.  Each of us, in our daily work, establishes the day’s palette. The composer describes and refines the harmonic system he commits to in the composition at hand.  He commits to motivic material, to limits and parameters – orchestration, style, acoustic or electronic.

Allow yourself a great luxury – the luxury of getting organized.  Allow yourself to think what you want to achieve today, how you hope to achieve it.  What tools do you need?  Get everything in order.  Spend some time, maybe more than usual, stepping out how you will go and where you will go.  Sharpen your pencil a little more carefully, write in your notebook a little more before poking it out on the computer.  Remember this is very much you steeping yourself  in the creative process, very much opening and refining your creative channels to ensure a smooth flow of your work in the hours and

visual analogies for organizing your creative day

the palette – a visual analogy for organizing your daily creative work

days ahead.

Spark on.


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