creative process: the art of feedback

06 Feb
a spaniel lying on a couch

Deuce thinking about artist portfolios

Although an artist often works in isolation, there may be some benefit to stepping out of the sometimes lonely world of creative work to share what’s cooking.  On a couple of levels, this time-out for sharing in-process stuff can be a shot in the arm.  There is some additional motivation, some energy, some impetus lent to the project when we are trying to get a little something ready to show.  Granted we are trying to put some unfinished work out there, we nevertheless want to polish up, solidify as best we can our work at its current stage of development.  The comments we receive restore our sense of community, remind us that we are not alone, that there is an interested world out there.  As importantly, we may receive important feedback with respect to technical or esthetic considerations in our project, which can keep us on track, or put us on a better track.

These time-outs for sharing, in the thick of our own creative process, are also opportunities to offer feedback on the creative work of others.  “Do unto others . . .”  as they say.  We might consider, as we offer up some comments of our own, just how we can best frame our thoughts for the benefit of the other guy.  Especially when we are critical, some care needs to be taken to create a very positive context for that critique, if we have a sincere hope that our concern will touch in a productive way.

Lolita was excited this morning to see that Deuce had posted another article at the Audio Sparks for Art website’s music for art blog.  Here is the link. She thought it might be worth sharing here an example of Deuce’s thoughtful, yet critical style.

spark on!


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