Creative Cycle: Isolation

12 Dec

There is an important artist – lives across the river from Deuce and Lolita – by the name of Chris Mackie.  Chris is extremely versatile and produces in a variety of genres – including abstract, celebrity portrait, and figurative.  One of the themes that Chris has developed in a number of works is that of man walking alone, very small in a big and sometimes foreboding world, bent with the struggle, but not broken – pushing heroically on.  You can enjoy browsing Chris’ works at his professional site on Facebook.  voici le “link”

This experience of the lonely struggle is a familiar one to the artist.

After all the study, all the formal influence and learning from the master, and all the informal influences of a lifetime, we put all of that aside, and dig deeply within ourselves to discover how it has all integrated and we pull out something new that is uniquely from the self.  And more often than not, we need to do that on our own, alone, in isolation.

Reconciling with another round of self-imposed isolation is part of the commitment process that marks the very beginning of the artist’s creative cycle.  Even in collaborations, like rock bands, where it seems there is a spontaneous group create – much of what happens in that group session is the result of what individual musicians brought to the table from their own hours of creative solitude.

Lolita, a social girl, always needs to push past a natural reluctance to take a break from her beloved Facebook, Twitter, not to mention her lovers, Lizard King, and others, for the sake of getting into the work of project conception and initial execution.  But she is reminded by Deuce, surprisingly the more spiritual of the two, that there is a very special bond with the “silent” Partner in these initial stages.  The Creator of the Universe partners with the artist in Her ongoing renewal of the world, and She holds the artist in Her arms when he accepts his fate, his destiny, to make sacrifices for the sake of creating something new – something that will bring more light to the world.

So our blessed Composer of Music for Art once again accepts the challenge, renews her commitment to creative life generally, and to a new project specifically – and begins to THINK!

In your evolution through many iterations of the creative cycle, you have come to appreciate the special bond you feel with the Creator at that very initial point when you once more pick up the yoke and voluntarily bear the necessary “exile” from the world for the sake of creating something new.  And you can look forward to those moments in the endgame – when it will be all about sharing, and celebration, and rejoining your communities with a new gift for them!

spark on!



Posted by on December 12, 2012 in creative cycle


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2 responses to “Creative Cycle: Isolation

  1. J.H. White

    December 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I like your blog….it reminds me that even though I’ve taken a three year hiatus from painting and other activities that have informed my life for so many years to pursue something entirely out of the parameters of my experience, the creative process remains the same. Thanks!

    • midisparks

      December 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      interesting. i had a similar break. returned with some perspective, a little more patience perhaps, a little more “right” brain to just think through the problems without the drama! thanks very much for having a read. stay in touch. regards, Dan


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