Creative work flow is it a natural rhythm or pressure relief valve.

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Blog entry by Arthouse posted 04-19-2013 07:49 PM 1411 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Picasso was so prolific. His idea’s for new techniques and new colors stretched the imagination . I read where he would walk thru the front door into a small anti chamber filled with rocks , bones , thumb nail sketches of natures beauty to fire the pistons of creativity . He then would enter a gymnasium size studio with an antique convertible car in the middle of the space. Here he mixed all his paints while surveying in a circle a sea of unfinished paintings. One color on his pallet he would visit each painting using the one color if it needed it. It’s hard to imagine masterpieces painted in an assembly line style production but this is why he was so prolific . The object of my writing today is I just finished a huge show and have another one in one week. I ‘ve been struggling to wrap my brain around new concepts to produce for the new show but can’t seem to get a flow going for the last two weeks. It seems I have a case of the F—- it . Little by little as time dwindles down a self imposed pressure begins to infiltrate my brain. I find the more I touch table saws, jointer , scrap lumber , half completed Idea’s ; the more I feel things in my studio the more I begin to take interest into a sleeping bee hive of creative flow. I keep looking at my studio taking an inventory of what has to be done for the next show but that only produces anxiety . This morning I made a bowl with some funk wood in it . I knew the wood wouldn’t hold but pressure of an impending show said and the need to make money I used it anyway and it flew off smashing into many pieces therefore wasting many good hours . If only I would have listened to my inner thoughts I could have taken the time to do it right and I would have a great piece now. Like Picasso when I feel things I have more of a direct connection to nature and don’t push until I have all the answers . Still learning . I think creative work flow is a natural rhythm stimulated thru contact with nature but it is also stimulated vigorously thru self induced pressure but with different results. I hope some one else has a clearer picture of flow to help me understand the prolific nature to turn it on and off but until then All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#1 posted 04-19-2013 08:34 PM

As for me, Dan, I’ve learned over time that I can’t rush it. At least, I couldn’t push creativity or change the pace. The block of wood that I carved the “Twists n Turns l Life” sat on the shelf for a long long time. I knew I wanted to do something with it, but didn’t know what. Then, one day, I saw it – almost as if I had x-ray vision into the chunk of wood. The rest was easy. I knew where to start, where and how deep to cut and where to stop. Find or develop your own pace . . . never mind Piccaso or anyone else. You’re an artist, not a machine and I seriously doubt that you can do what a machine can to or even want to. Also I don’t think you want to equate quantity to quality or creativity. Above all, as they say, let your creative juice flow – as corny as it may sound – that’s what makes you you. Have fun, enjoy what you do and delight in your accomplishments. I do. LittlePAW

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#2 posted 04-19-2013 08:54 PM

Listen to your inner voice and heed your gut feeling. Every damn time I over ride mine, I regret it. Yes I know about pressure for shows, I’ve got a 2 day show tomorrow and Sunday, I just hope to recoup my expenses and a little more! A lot more would be terrific but every time I hope for that, I barely break even. Got my tent set up today and will wait till morning to set up the displays. Show time starts at 10 but I expect people to start showing up around 8 or so.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 04-19-2013 10:53 PM

I used to plan one project and then execute it before the next one. Now I have 2 or 3 going at once. That is working better ass I have a better chance of having the right idea for at least one of them. If I were to follow your example of Picasso, I think I would need 20-30 active projects. That could be a good idea…

Too bad creative surges don’t match cycle with show schedules…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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