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|Notes from the Editor: Sharla
Creativity = Frustrations?
By Sharla Hicks 2012
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In my last Soft Expressions newsletter several months ago I explored the
idea of pursuing art daily. Recently I found a video that I felt was important
to share with others who also pursue creative endeavors and to again reiterate
about the importance of creating art daily, even if it is only 10 minutes
of mindful pursuit.
Most of us feel that creativity is a core component to our
well being and life pursuit, BUT little is spoken of the process of the
accompanying FRUSTRATION often found in the pursuit. It turns out, frustration
is an essential component to the process. The importance of Frustration
in the Creative Process is animated in this MUST VIEW
Short VIDEO (3 1/2 minutes) . Maria
Popova of www.BrainPickings.org writes and I paraphrase: "The
video is a teaser for Jonah Lehrer's book, Imagine: How Creativity
Works, a "seething cauldron of ideas." The animator, Flash Rosenberg---Guggenheim
Fellow, NYPL artist-in-Residence, live-illustrator extraordinaire, distills
one of Lehrer's key ideas in simple yet visually eloquent line drawings."
The video is short, sweet and to the point! Well worth
every viewing moment.
Our choices of creativity are varied and all inclusive up
to and including the pursuit of our daily lives. Who will benefit from
viewing the short and well done video?
- The Expressive Quilter and Fiber Artist looking for the next
great quilt or art piece to flow from the minds eye out to the fabric
- The Zentangle Artist pursuing the perfect line and the next
break through in pursuit of the perfect Zentangle Inspired Art piece.
- The Art Journalist pursing the goal of doing art daily even
if it is only 10 minutes in pursuit of the completed journal adn inspration
for the next exciting piece of art that is begging to be created..
- The Scrapbooker looking to capture the perfect collage to express
the emotion they feel about the wonders exhibited in the showcased photos.
- The act of cooking a unique meal with the perfected savor to
enhance the menu to be lovely savored alone, served to family, friends,
visitors, or special occasions.
- The act of being human and figuring out how we fit into the
larger scheme (okay I am getting deep here aren't I)
Bottom line, we are looking for the ah ha moment, but little
is spoken about the process that PROCEEDS the ah haaaa!
The concept, importance of Frustration in the Creative
Process, illustrated in the video have been essential in my artistic
endeavors, my work as teacher looking for the best way to be supportive
of my students, my activities as a the owner and webmaster of Soft Expressions.
I often experience the frustration before the flow / zone / meditative
state (whatever term you are comfortable using) I find the frustration
and obstacles quite profound as it produces the greatest break through
moments. There is nothing quite like the Ah Ha distillation after the
frustration of the journey.....
In my current artistic pursuit of Zentangle, I work at it almost every
day and often ponder on a solution to an artistic idea percolating
and I recently experienced one of those AH HAs. Here is how it went:
- I experienced a percolation period
- I practiced
- I struggled
- I studied
- I day dreamed
- I slept and dreamed
- I reminded myself that Anything is Possible One Stroke at a
Time, the Zentangle Mantra <<<<<<
- One day, AFTER many previous attempts, I pick up the pen and
the FLOW poured out of my soul through my fingers, into the pen;
petals and forms began dancing across the page.
- I had a profound Zentangle Inspired Art moment an --- ahhhh
haaa and I have been sharing with anyone who would listen.
View the Black Spider Mum to the left <<<< It
is part of my Fantasy Flower Series and is the my latest example
of the flow AFTER the frustration and struggle.
- I look forward to many more frustrating moments to find the
Frustration is seen as THE barrier and produces stop motion
forward because opening oneself up to new experiences can be daunting,
I hope after viewing the video it may help you reframe and understand,
frustration is the planted seed waiting to burst through soil and
Often when I talk to customers about the Zentangle they state,
I can't do that, I can only draw stick figures. >>>
BUT have you wanted to draw? If your answer in any form is yes,
Zentangle will put you on a new path and creative endeavor. because
it is a one stroke at time process that uses, GUESS WHAT,
stick figure dashes, dots, lines, triangles, circles, squares. Are
you looking for your NEXT break through? Yes, then join me in what
may be a little frustrating at in the beginning but with just a
little practice and some really good instruction from a CZT instructor
(me) you will begin exploring the rewarding pursuit of drawing a
better stick figure.
Thanks for reading and letting me share the joy of my latest Zentangle
AH HA after the frustration of the pursuit!
Till next time!
Sharla R. Hicks, Owner
Certified Zentangle Teacher
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IMAGINE: How Creativity
Works from Flash
Rosenberg on Vimeo.
Flash Rosenberg imagines how the ideas in IMAGINE are tackled,
tickled and teased-out by the author Jonah Lehrer.
Direction and live-drawing by Flash Rosenberg video
edit by Lin Sorensen narration: Jonah LehrerBook:
IMAGINE: How Creativity Works, by Jonah Lehrer published
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt animation © Flash
Rosenberg 2012 email@example.com
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