The foundational element of the artistic personality is creativity. But every human being has this capacity for original, creative thought. So what distinguishes the artistic personality? The artist has the unique ability to transform intangibles – feelings, emotions, conditions – into concrete forms. This kind of transformation, or channeling of creative energy, is different from that which produces the new “widget”, the better mousetrap.
Deuce thought some observation of contrasting works of abstract art might shine light on this notion of artistic channeling. Deuce suggests that these two expressionist abstracts convey very different feelings.
Both paintings are non-figurative, so there are no opportunities in the paintings themselves for references to the “real” world. The titles, of course, will influence us. But titles aside, the red painting evokes some tension, some sense of brooding, a condition of concentration. The blue painting achieves a certain tranquility, or openness, passivity or perhaps despondency. Certainly color choices help. But the artists have organized many different physical elements to achieve these very different emotional expressions.
This is the unique gift bestowed upon the artist – to organize physical elements to express what is non-physical. This is not the same as conceiving and producing a better “widget.”, although both processes, that which creates the new functional device, and that which creates the work of art, begin with creative thought.
Lolita understands that her unique gift as a composer is the ability to channel the worlds of emotion, feeling, human condition through her artistic lens to create musical expressions. Lolita has benefited from some heightened awareness of this gift. When she knows what she is about – she spends less time scratching her head (or Deuce’s belly) and more time expressing the world in combinations of rhythm, melody and harmony. Lolita hopes this bit of self-knowledge about your special gifts as an artist will have an equally propitious impact on your daily creative efforts.