creative process: ready to learn

31 Oct

Our Composer of Music for Art, Lolita, finds herself prepared to embark on a new project this morning.  Although not as essential to the nurturing of her creative soul as her composing, she derives great satisfaction from developing her website,  The site seeks to pair custom audio with for-sale contemporary art, to create a unique and deep experience of the art for the viewer, and hopefully to transform a viewer into an art buyer!

Recently Lol discovered that once the viewer clicks on the link to the artist’s selling site, that viewer has effectively left her own audiosparks website.  Although the viewer can always “back arrow” into her website again, the more efficient solution to keeping viewers in her site is to insert code which opens the links to artist sites in new windows.

So among several “to-do’s” with respect to polishing up her website this week, our Girl needs to learn the code which makes links open as new windows.

This requirement for some new learning in connection with new projects and problem solving has been typical in Lolita’s creative process, and especially at the outset of her creative cycle.  And she has come to understand, over time, some of the issues involved with engaging successfully in new learning.  On top of the list of issues is that of readiness.  In the case of the relatively straight-forward bit of learning needed for the problem she is facing now, the challenge is not so much discovering the correct code, but rather having the time and the will to incorporate that code globally on her website.  So readiness in this case is mostly wrapped up with the availability of time to execute (project execution).

Readiness in our Girl’s situation also involves her facing, at least partially, a requirement for a more significant bit of learning, which may involve an even greater amount of time, both in the study and the execution.  As her site expands, she needs some more efficient way to make global revisions.  Every time Lolita goes through this routine of making global revisions one page at a time, she is coming closer to readiness to seek out, with some study, that global solution, which she believes involves something called “libraries”.

So part of the resistance to new learning is that we typically open up “a can of worms”.  We may find a workable solution, perhaps a stopgap.  But with the requisite self-honesty involved in true learning, we inevitably come face to face with the deeper levels of learning required for the most efficient, masterful solutions.  This learning will take more effort, more time, will offer more resistance and create more frustration.

Having gone around this block a few times in your creative life, you remind yourself regularly that the quality of final results stand in direct positive relationship to the quality of the creative inputs.  Armed with that knowledge, you dive with all your creative passion into some challenging learning this morning!

spark on!



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