Monday, January 30, 2012

when we create

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When I started this blog nearly 4 years ago it was out of a dire need to dump out years of what had been going on in my head. From that came an intense fascination with the creative process -- thinking about why and how my pieces came about. Originally I wrote this as a private journal page, and it has stayed alive in one version or another because this is a notion I continue to keep firmly by my side. When I start feeling disconnected from something I'm creating, I stop and think: why I am I doing this? What is driving this thought, this line, that word? What is my motivation? What emotions am I trying to channel? Is it just a brief, enthusiastic urge to make a little something? Am I doing it out of obligation or because it is tapping into something unsung within me? If I sat down an hour later to make it, would I have created something different (or would it exist at all)? Being inquisitive about my own process is what re-centers me and keeps me in tune. This reminds me that what I make is an ongoing conversation between my heart, head, memory and hands. It helps me to keep writing and creating, to make peace with my many flaws and shortcomings, to stave off the comparison demons that always loom near -- and to remember that even when I don't fully understand the answers, it is still important to ask the questions.

(new 8x10 doodle print here.)

23 comments:

painted fish studio said...

it's so wonderful to have a peek inside one's creative process... that in of itself is inspiration! (does that make sense?!)

aimee said...

yes, it does! :)

Lisa Gonzalez said...

Your brain is a fascinating place, Aimee. It's neat to get a peek into it :D

jane said...

yes! great inspiration to keep those demons away! :)
x

bohemiannie! art said...

Aimee...I love these questions!

Phoenix Peacock said...

live the questions! embrace finding comfort in not knowing!

Eydie said...

That is such an amazing message to hold in your hands.

Absolutely beautiful.

rachel awes said...

love your rilke thinking...
+ your kind of ongoing conversation.
awesome question art.
awesome aimee. always.
xox

Bella Sinclair said...

And that is why your art resonates and rings true. Because it comes from your soul, your heart and head and hands, the whole you. There's nothing superficial about it.

I love this thoughtful and wonderful piece!

Catherine Denton said...

This page is so full of beauty. Your post strikes a deep chord with me; I also like to ask those questions while in process.
Catherine Denton

iHanna said...

Oh the questions, the questions, how important it is to ask them, even when we are fearful of the answers or oblivious of them.

:-)

be well

Marcie said...

I love you've thought this thru..and actually stop to self-observe. This is one I'd like to have to remind me of why I do what I do.

Otiti said...

Lovely doodle as always. :) I particularly like the musing on one's creative process; it's so important to remind ourselves why we do what we do so we don't get lost in a maze of "what ifs . . ." and "am I good enough to/for . . .?". Thanks for sharing!

lamohino said...

Thanks to Pinterest I could admire your picture hanging on your blog. The picture has been a source of inspiration for me. I created a collage on my wishes for 2012 in my blog. I put my link to your site in my Pinterest and on my blog. If there is any problem let me know. Thanks¡¡ Muak

Pattyskypants said...

I was having similar thoughts this morning, but I answered myself: I want to know how far I can go. . .where I can take this. I worry about what limits it, though it seems only to be time and a few distractions.

Fran T said...

amazing doodle Aimee. Love it!

Michelle O'Connor said...

So incredibly well said! Thank you for sharing your journey!

Yvonne said...

Oh, how this resonates! Gorgeous doodle page and a very powerful post - to go forth and create :)

Theresa said...

Great point. LOVE the rug. I have been wanting to do this too. Maybe braiding as I do not know how to crochet.

Fern Spackman said...

Hmm... I've wondered about things like that, too. It's a fascinating conversation to have with ones self. But no matter the "why", I'm glad we have the drive to create and I particularly enjoy seeing the things you create. Thanks for sharing!

Beth said...

Wonderful - when we create! Wise words form and Wise Woman! :) so glad to have seen you by chance yesterday! Hope it was a fabulous day! xo

AG Ambroult said...

mmm hhmmmm. the process, and where the ideas come from, is, for me, the most fascinating part. Thanks for always sharing that part.

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