Friday, June 5, 2009

"How do I know what I think until I see what I say." --E.M. Forster, novelist
What do I think about art and imagination? Without art, the world would be a dry, parched desolate place. Without imagination life would be unbearable. In school, being known as a daydreamer was a bad thing. The kid staring out the window might be considered an under achiever. Yet without dreams, how can anything new be accomplished? First comes the dream (the dream, the desire), next the goal, then the plan. Every brilliant artistic endeavor is a trip--a journey into (hopefully) uncharted waters. Where are you going? What would you like to do? What tools do you need to get to your destination? Where do you start? What places would you like to visit along the way?
Suggestion: Make a list of things you would like to try...things you would like to do. Pick one thing and do it. Completing tasks, one at a time, promotes positive self esteem. You did it. Congratulations. Interesting things can happen while "tasking..." you may learn something, you may discover a new way of doing things, you may have a good time.
Whatever your craft, include things you love. Is there a process you would like to learn? Get busy exploring and learn it. Experiment. What works? What doesn't? Keep a journal.
AIM HIGH. Make your goal challenging and meaningful--something that lifts you up, gets you out of yourself and raises your consciousness. How do we achieve this? We work from the heart and enjoy what we are doing along the way.
When you stand back, view a project without emotional attachment (using detached observation) and say "wow," you have succeeded.
"To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art." --E.M. Forster, novelist


Rebecca Anne said...

I feel very inspired and energized after reading this. I grabbed my notebook and made some notes. Thank you for these reminders today. I needed them!

Eaglesbrother said...

Love the article..Deep thoughts.