Sunday, August 07, 2011

Inspiration all around me

I take so much for granted, that did not exist when I was growing up 50 years ago - I've been watching Hubble telescope footage, a show about the biography of the earth - with lots of subtle and realistic computer graphics that help to explain complex ideas. 

How can I complain about lack of ideas to start up my own creativity?  It is easier to become discouraged by the volume of other people's past creativity, and question the worth of your own ideas.  I have amazing access to so many images and ideas, from all of history and nature, information from many cultures other than the one I grew up in... wow!  How easy it is to become numb to the bombardment of information, and how difficult it can be to see that one's own creativity is a contribution to something, rather than just a re-iteration of what has already been done.  Even the commercials are so complex, artistic in many ways, and culturally revealing.  How do you start, when you feel like what you may have to say is insignificant?

My own answer is probably different than everyone else's... but also much the same?  You make something that comes out of yourself, or helps you understand something new.  It's your own view on the world, or something that just feels good to your inside self, or a reaction to events you are watching around you.

I don't know why I'm drawn to a number of different methods of creativity, but I seem to have a hard time resisting something new that intrigues me.  I know that some of my beadwork is really a form of meditation, with repetition, color, and tactile factors.  I know that some of my painting and drawing is a way of expressing emotions that I don't seem to be able to vent as well in any other way.  I used to use singing for healing, and I find myself doing that again, even though I'm no longer singing in public at all. 

I love the tactile nature of quilting, and the results are useful, usually, and color and form allow a lot of self expression.  I used to enjoy short story writing, and I still like to write if I have something I want to say in a clear or careful way.  I find fabric dye and paint a joyful medium, and later I get to cut it up and use it in something wonderful.  It can be hard to make myself cut some pieces up, though, because I like them too much.  I'll admit to a weakness for costuming (playing dress up for adults! lol!), and I sometimes don't know when to stop with the beading.

So, what to do with all this?  How do I prioritize, choose what I'll enjoy doing the most, or what I'll be happy with when I have a result?  I need this place to work out my journey, maybe a bit at a time is the best way to approach it all.

I just need to be cognitive and patient.  NOT my best talents, but that's part of my process, it seems.


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