Andy Warhol once said, “The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will.” As an artist I am constantly pushing the creative side of my brain. I often struggle with the idea of creating something original. I think to myself, what does that really mean? Don’t all ideas come from something, someone, or somewhere that already exists?
But what I’ve realized is that everything about me is unique. The way I think, the ideas that I come up with, and especially the way my hand touches the canvas. Yes my thoughts may stem from a new artist I’ve recently discovered, or from a story that inspired me, or an experience that I had, but ultimately what comes out on canvas is absolutely mine. It is my distinctive interpretation of a moment or idea.
Keeping the creative process in mind, I thought today that I would share with you the beginning of a new project. When summer is over and that first chill comes into the air, I love to go into those deep sleeps. You know the ones, where you wake up completely rested and feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. And so I began by taking photos, and sketching out a figure drawing onto this ginormous canvas that I bought on a whim last week. I can already imagine what it will look like when I’m done (although it rarely turns out that way).
I guess the point of this week’s story is that I hope you understand that everything about YOU is unique as well! There is no one else exactly like you, and that in itself makes your ideas, your thoughts, and your creativity your own. The sum of it is that unless you share it with others, it stays locked up forever in your head and eventually forgotten. Share your thoughts, share your opinions, and most of all, share your creativity with others. It is what makes us human and ultimately what inspires us to feel, to innovate, and to grow intellectually and emotionally.
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