What does it take for me to be creative?
- Perseverance. Persistance. A little perseveration.
- Perspective. New perspective.
- For my specific work: Pencils, Pens, Pastels, Paper.
- Curiosity and commitment.
I’ve been working with two different coaches lately: a drawing coach/teacher, and an art- marketing coach. Both, in essence, have been saying the same thing: know your authentic self and know where you want to be.
Steven, my drawing teacher, introduced the term “teleology” in class the other day: the doctrine of design and final determination, knowing the connection between means and the ends . . . and that it is the ends that have determined the means. We drew feelings in class: sadness, joy, bliss, curiosity, femininity, possibilities. It is an exercise I have been experimenting with every time before starting a new painting, and an exercise I’m beginning to incorporate every day when I wake up. Keeping the end in mind . . . in part by starting with the end itself. A fabulous idea to incorporate into my coaching . . . and to suggest to those I coach.
Cory, my art-marketing coach, talks about knowing your audience: Who do you want to appeal to, sell to, attract? How do your core beliefs relate to the people you interact with? Turning it around, teleologically, how do their core beliefs affect what you do . . . the designs you make in your own life? Who do you really want to “sell yourself” to? What relationships and events do you want to create in your life?
Of course, this goes way beyond being an artist . . . has nothing to do with being an artist, but everything to do with leading a creative life.
Try this: take a piece of paper and divide it into eight squares: choose 8 feelings and draw each of those feelings using no figures, no symbols, no preconceived ideas. Go to a memory of that feeling and put it on paper using a pencil or a piece of charcoal. See what appears on the paper. Find out what you see. Find out how quickly you can shift. How quickly you can go from dense and dark to light and free. And find out how going straight to that memory then touching that memory can shift that memory and open space for something new.
Create what happens; create what will happen.
(A fox just ran across my yard: bliss! Now, what can I do with that?)