Process Archived

Updated: Jan 10

Intuition, inspiration and exploration shed light on creative possibilities. Understanding how to visually communicate and playing around with options provide exponential solutions and approach sets the stage. Creativity can be abundantly exciting, even overwhelming! Process is the first real move from hypothetical to critique -able and therefor this step can be filled with trepidation. Creativity is best when the journey is comfortable so go slow at first and give this new idea regular time and attention. There will be many process-decisions to make: composition, media, approach, technical aptitude and function are a few broad categories within process. While the first phases of creativity feel like an expanding cumulous cloud, process feels like a raindrop. And then another. While there are no rules, the transition from all-inclusive brainstorming to do-able steps are just that - doable, comfortable solutions that sustain the journey by keeping the journey enjoyable.

Below, a funky flipped print - a detail of original masterwork Surreal Rocky Mountain Picnic. 10x10" giclee on panel ready to hang. See this and other flipped prints under Funky Prints.

Pivoting is creativity's the most important trick. The creative process thus far has encouraged a mindset of all-inclusive brainstorming. Now, to pivot is to edit. My best advise here begins with a general commitment of time. 1 hour a week is vastly different than 20 or 40. Creative projects need to be fed consistent time. If there are long spaces between, it may feel like starting over again and again. If this is all new to you, give your creative aspirations a chance to find a place in your life. Be flexible. Morning, afternoon, evening, weekend. Experiment and find a doable, comfortable solution. Begin by creating the time.

Negotiating time is the most important pivot. I taught full time at a local public High School, raised a family, remodeled a house (and on and on) but I managed to sit in front of my easel about 10-20 hours a week for most of my career (and this was during the school year). The pace of improvement was slow to begin with but over time I could see how my skills matured, as did my ideas. Certainly in some months - like December - the amount of time devoted to painting dwindled to almost nothing but then January showed up and the holiday decorations came down and I found that time again. Early in my creative career I wobbled into doubt when I did not have the time but I learned to be content with short and infrequent studio sessions and I grew ever more confident knowing there would be waves of time and waves of distractions.

My best advice here is know yourself, know what you are comfortable with when you have an abundance of time and know what you are comfortable with when you do not. I never wanted to be a tortured artist so I took time to be with family, friends, holiday adventures. Creativity includes living a creative life. This is a journey that is meant to be enjoyed, all of it.

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