Creating things is a very enlivening process. The nature of making stuff is that it comes from the center — that impassioned internal something — that humans often hide from the rest of the world. Sharing one's creative work is a revealing, an open-hearted act that for some is quite scary. This hiding and revealing can lead to addictions of every sort (anything from too many YouTube video views to illicit drug use) and to inspiration of a massive magnitude.
Some artists (naturally, I count musicians among these) ride these highs and lows of planning for the next piece of art, creating it, its completion, and sometimes the doldrums until the next wave. The expectation and preparation can sometimes be more enthralling than the result. And this in turn leads to the downer once the “product” is ready. Counteracting the negative part of this cycle requires a conscious choice: choosing
A Compass for the Creative
So, the creative process is a vulnerable one. The artist reveals that often-hidden core which is the essence and the curse of the imaginative being.
I know this from experience. I completed a project 17 days ago and only now, I'm beginning to shift into the place of going full-tilt into the next one. These more than two weeks have had plenty of moments of inspiration, creative ideas percolating, and so on. But full throttle commitment to a new creative endeavor has been absent. That requires just the right combination of open-heartedness and intentional focus.
I'll offer one post per day for these last five days of 2012 in order to facilitate my own creative movement and inviting you along for the ride if you choose. I think that if we can grasp this combination of hiding / revealing in a conscious manner and set course for the current project, we can start the new year with a passion for our creativity and ourselves that will keep us on track.
What gets you passionate about your art work? What helps you set course at the beginning of new creative projects? Please share your experiences in the comments.
Hang on tight. Here we go!