One thing I have learnt over the years from fellow artists and my own work is to always see possibilities in whatever life presents to you. Many times as an artist you are faced with situations that are far from ideal. Maybe you don’t have the right equipment, enough time or your just not feeling that inspired. What artist have to do and many others don’t, is to revaluate the situation again and again. Faced with a bare canvas, an empty studio or a less than inspiring landscape the artist in what ever field has to produce something from nothing. Strip away the top layers of many great ‘masters’ work and you will find a multitude of mistakes?
As Lao-tzu said ‘To see things in the seed, that is genius.’
To be truly creative or even just to truly live you have to see that from nothing and no way, something wonderful will come that will defy conventional thinking. No one truly knows where this inspired spark comes from that births an idea or action, but most honest creative types will know that it is often born from a state of unthinking. For me when the logical mind has exhausted its chatter and found the situations unworkable then is the time when the ‘magic’ happens.
When we view a work of art, watch a movie or look at a photograph, We seldom think on the pain, frustrations, madness, euphoria, laughter and joy, that went into producing this ‘perfection’ before us.
The path of creation to that inspired ‘WOW’ moment is a roller coaster of emotion driven by passion.
Within every situation in life a perfect moment is waiting to be found, this sounds cliched but unless you open your mind to new possibilities, as the artist does you will never change your situation or find that inspired spark that could change your life forever.
“We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do.” Dale Carnegie 1888-1955
‘When you follow the herd all you end up with is other peoples shit on your shoes ‘. -AVoss