Creative thought is at the heart of our existence as artists. Our growth as artists is wrapped up with our capacity to imagine something brand new, and to nurture and coax the new idea, the new conception into existence, to create something from nothing.
That new idea can be a very shy and skittish creature. It is like a newborn puppy, eager to play but a little nervous and gun shy for lack of experience, lack of strength. So like a puppy, we have to nurture gently our new creative conception.
The elusive quality of new thinking stands in a rather sharp contrast to the emotions that may be associated with the idea. Our Composer recently completed a powerful bit of audio which evokes native american spirit. She began her search for an appropriate piece of art with great enthusiasm and passion – perhaps a bit too much passion. Her mind was clouded with the excitement of the anticipated pairing. She was not yet listening to the creative voice of reason within her, or to her beloved Deuce the Canine Muse. She was not yet refining her concept, nurturing it into a form which might practically take shape. So she beat her head against the wall for a few weeks in terms of finding an image.
But as in all things, the fullness of time brings wisdom, reveals truth and answers. And so it was with our Girl in her quest for that “perfect” image. She needed to re-learn a lesson she had learned before with respect to pairing her music with imagery. She should not be looking for the perfect image to complement her music, but rather for the image which her music enhances. In this case, she discovered a beautiful painting of a solitary, humble Sioux native, head bowed, fully absorbed in his spiritual dance. And the music offered energy, spirit, insight to this simple portrait of a dancer in motion.
When we successfully make the transition from raw concept to refined practical concept, we often ask ourselves what we are trying to convey to our audience, what we are trying to give. When we think in terms of what we hope to give, solutions begin to appear.
Those very first moments of new conception are exciting. Relish them, be grateful for them. The gift of them is unique to the artist. But take greater satisfaction in the process of translating these conceptions into practical forms rooted in the hope of conveying meaning, enriching experience, for others. And you will be full of satisfaction with all the opportunities to share, to be connected, to climb ever higher to new creative heights.