Monday, September 10, 2012

The Creative Process

or How to Make a Mess

By nature, I have a very analytical, logical mind, and the arts such as painting and drawing are not easy for me. I don't seem to have a vision, as many artist do, that I am able to translate into a beautiful creation. But that doesn't mean that I don't like to try.

What works best for me is starting with a group of objects and to create something from them. For example, I sometimes make beaded jewelry and my favorite way to do this is to start with a mixed bag of beads. I then see what combinations of shapes and colors please my eye. Also I need a pattern to knit, but I like to try different colors and textures of yarn. And I think I have mentioned before that my favorite way is to cook is to make something with whatever ingredients are on hand. That is how my creative process works. In other words, I'm not a visionary artist. I'm a make-do-with-what-you-have artist.

The problem with the make-do-with-what-you-have artist, or at least the way I work, is by the time we try out all of the combinations that we want, our work space in is chaos. You might call us the entropy enforcers. Things would probably work better for me if I stopped occasionally, and sorted out and cleaned up my work space. Then I would better know what I'm working with.

But what would be the fun in that? It would be a lot more fun when I'm done because the clean up takes so long. However, I guess all artists have to suffer. Sigh...