After a three month break and an overdose of real life, I have returned. In part, the motivation came from what Darnell said yesterday about traveling vicariously through my experiences. If only to delight him, it seems like the effort is worthwhile.
Is there a resolution pay off?
Looking back on last year’s resolution to create an art study every day for a year, I am in equal parts amused and amazed. As a cognitive preferences and creativity researcher, the idea of shoehorning creativity into routine is (on the face of it) ludicrous. But, as in most of life, there is duality. Creativity is usually fired by novel circumstances. However, the skill needed for diverse approaches to our ideas is built by mastery which is acquired by routine practice.
The majority of 2015 dedicated to art development had more to do with keeping art and its importance in my life at top of mind. And, though I did not create a fully executed study every day, my thinking was driven everyday by the exercise of a resolution. In short, it was a worthy endeavor.
Ironically, I created many studies at the end of the year that I never got time to post. December was filled with a major writing assignment at work and the usual holiday flurry. In three months, I realize I miss the reflection and interaction of blogging and the creative writing experience. So, with no guilt or expectation, I begin the second year of Art Resolutions resolved to accept unpredictability and still establish milestones to move my creative work forward.
Message in a Bottle
Last night, I spent time looking over the recent art work of one of my closest friends. Judy is a poet, artist, philosopher and all around thoughtful human being. Her work has both overt and subtle messages about her life observations, existential questions, and general commentary. When people look for a purpose in art, its diversity as an elevation of life’s beauty, platform for social commentary, reflections of the deeply buried human experience–these are all manifestations of what makes it powerful and always evolving and personal.
For me, the decorative and profound often meet in the middle. This is how I feel about my recent exercise in painting bottles. Concern for the environment and the transformative experience of reenvisioning an object or material–this was was motivation for designing used bottles.
The journey’s destination?
Unpredictable. All I can offer is that, for the time being, I am tuning in to the muses. They will determine how year 2 will play out. Hope you’ll join me for the ride.