This morning, feedback from my shoe carving peers got me thinking about “creativity”.
My mind, and Spirit, I guess, are very creative. They really enjoy thinking and envisioning the possibilities. Yesterday, I started feeling comfortable with the carving process, giving me some breathing room, and my creative side kicked into gear. I am now seeing lots of new projects ready to unfold.
This blossoming of creativity, however, gives me another challenge because the shoe carving is about technique, about seeing, and about the details. In one of my first blogs about this experience I talked about the challenge of perfectionism and whether I was a perfectionist avoiding failure. Today, I don’t think that is it at all. Today, looking at the process and the fire inside raring to go, I see the details as roadblocks to my creativity. Having to deal with the details is like stuffing my into a small little box and closing the lid. It feels stifling.
Now, don’t get me wrong, the details are a very important part of the creative process. We can or I should say “I can”, create something for the sake of creating and the end result will be a success for me, but if I want to create art, to create something meaningful, there are rules that have to be followed, which means paying attention to the details.
Relating this to photography, which I know a little bit more about than carving, there are snapshots, there are good photos, and then there is “photo art”. Photo art uses the rules of art and of photography to create something great. It transforms a photo into something bigger than the picture itself. It moves you, it speaks to you, and it challenges you to think and to feel. To create this powerful image, you have to know the rules. The rules are the elements within which you create something great and, also, knowing how to play with the rules and break the rules in an artistic way takes the art to a whole other level.
Dunes ~canoes at a park ~Debbie Pribele, 1999
With carving, before I can create art I have to know the rules, the “how to’s”, including how to see and carve the details. Once I know how to do this and can do this then I am ready to create wood art, “Debbie style”.
And so I use my will power to stay focused on the details, to stick to the process of one step at a time, and to create a copy of my shoe rather than just carving out “a” shoe. Today I am learning the rules and the art of wood carving.
~Debbie, an artist in training
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (http://www.execulink.com/~yohan)