Addendum to last week: After I wrote last weekend’s creative calendar post, we went out to dinner and then stopped by a temporary art gallery that had popped up nearby in a former bookstore space, and ended up buying a gorgeous smallish oil on panel to support the CCAE’s “Raise the Roof” fundraising campaign. The gallery aide and I had a very rewarding although very short conversation about the artist’s techniques and what so attracted me about the painting we bought as well as another one that had been red-stickered already (and that one was GORGEOUS, all caps, I’m sorry I missed my shot at it). We talked about Caravaggio and Dutch still lifes and the differences between panel and linen. It was nice to have that encounter with another art person, however brief.
”All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”
“Just getting to work” is probably the hardest part about starting any endeavor, but especially a creative one. Keep this one firmly in front of your mind’s eye.
CREATIVITY CALENDAR for the week MAY 14-20 2012
- did a little pen sketch after van Gogh’s cyprus trees in a wheat field
- did a few hours of cross-stitching while watching TV
- tested a new recipe for a Persian sweet called tut — my execution needs more work
- baked a new chocolate-cinnamon loaf recipe that yielded two loaves, so I shared one at a college department party Friday night and one at the DAR meeting Saturday morning