Creative Process: Arriving at Baby Steps

28 Jun

Our Composer of Music for Art is steeped lately in the work of refreshing her website design.  What fun this is.  To be prepared for learning some HTML code, some CSS code.  To conceive engaging visual design.  To formulate content and the  logical flow of content which will draw and hold viewers.

Inevitably, arrival at this point of joyful productivity is is the result of a winnowing process.  Our girl started with the grand vision – “time to update this sad little website of mine,” she said.  Ahh – how about some new pages devoted to the Artist and to the Art Lovers.  Ahh – what shall the content be?  How shall we connect from the homepage to the new pages?  At this point of “grand vision” there is some elation, some exuberance.  These emotions are understandable.  After all, we have created something new!  We have something special to share out.  We have vision and we are engaged in the dramatic unfolding of bringing something from “nothing”.  So we can afford  to relish these ecstatic feelings for a little bit.  Don’t hold back!

Nevertheless, these feelings are not particularly useful when the time arrives, which it has, to break down the grand vision into executable chunks.  Now we need to think about components of the new creation.  Then we need to focus on the details of each component and what it will take to execute those details – to transform conception, creative thought, into the concrete.  This is the project production phase of the creative cycle.

At this point, frequently, we must catch our breath and acknowledge the necessity of some new learning.  This can be a frustrating moment – because we feel taken away from our project.  We may need a day or several days of reading, of experimenting, research, to formulate the appropriate questions and discover the answers necessary for successful project production, for the effective execution of the details of our project.  It may be helpful to consider how vital this learning point in the creative cycle is to artistic growth.  You are evolving, expanding your creative pallet, mastering technique which will enable stronger, more effective work.  These are great moments for you.

Likewise, upon return from the learning journey to your project – you find yourself challenged by some feelings of frustration.  For now you are at the ultimate hands on point in your creative cycle.  And this point is all about baby steps.  It is all about a flow of decisions about the next stroke on the canvas, the color from the pallet, choices of subjects, attention to little details.  We are applying new learning and we are not fast yet, not so adept yet with the new techniques.

So again our girl reminds herself that this very engagement in the heart of the execution of her creative concept is her ultimate purpose in life.  Sure she looks forward to the result – but it is this very process which is life itself for her.  So she breathes deeply, and you breathe deeply, and you are thankful for the privilege of being engaged every day in this special work, this special partnership with the Creator.  And the deeper you breathe, and the more you relish each baby step, the shinier your new creation becomes.  And you look forward, with the fullness of time, to sharing something new, something special, something which will illuminate for your audience what was secret before to them.

spark on!


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