CREATIVE EXPRESSION IS A REFLECTION OF WHO WE ARE.
BECAUSE WE CHANGE OUR FORM OF CREATIVE EXPRESSION CHANGES.
When I was in college working on my fine arts degree my true identity eluded me. As a result my work was barely competent. I remember one painting professor sitting beside me asking questions: What do you really love? What captures your attention? What colors inspire you? I surprised myself when I had no answers. I was mortified and felt like an empty shell. Here I was, trying to paint from nothingness. Of course it didn't work. It wasn't as though I didn't have a Self buried deep within -- I had merely camouflaged it during my childhood. Now it was time to re-discover it. After a number of years I matured, and was clearer about who I was. Only then was I able then to create from my heart, from my soul and from my spirit. Only then was my artwork honest.
Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, says "The idea flow from the human spirit is absolutely unlimited. All you have to do is tap into that well."
What I now believe is this:
Because the world around me is constantly changing and I am aging, what I create will change.
Because my goals and challenges change from day to day, I must find creative solutions reflecting my soul and spirit. Only then will my artwork and writing be authentic.
If I create from the heart, soul and spirit -- and not my brain -- my artwork, writing and daily choices will reflect my true nature.
That is not to say that my creations can't be improved upon -- they always can. But only after a work has been completed can my evaluation come into play. At that point I can decide how I might make the work better, or what I might do differently the next time I use the same medium and/or technique.
This process is the same with any creative endeavor -- starting a new business, developing a new recipe, inventing a way to raise money for PTA. The list goes on and on.
The musician George Duke (known as the keyboard pioneer) says, "I sincerely hope that each listener will feel the earth, spirit, and aggressive creativity emanating from this album. Isn't that what we all want when we create something?"
I would love to know what you do creatively that touches your heart and spirit. Would you tweet me @carolkwalsh?