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"In order to realize our creative powers, we have to believe that we have the ability to make something significant."
In my last post, I wrote about the book I've been reading, "Trust the Process: An Artist's Guide to Letting Go," by Shaun McNiff, and his discussion of the practice which he calls "emanation: a process of one thing emerging from another." He offers this exercise as a means of enabling an artist's style to emerge.
Dr. McNiff suggests making a series of images on small cards, trying to maintain connections from one image to the next and watching how ideas for a new picture emerge from previous pictures. We are, in effect, working in a series, and doing it in a small format that should fit into the context of our busy lives. The cards are highly portable, and a sketch can be done in a matter of moments while waiting in a doctor's office or during the seventh inning stretch at a baseball game.
What a great idea for someone like me, since I'm trying to pull myself away from my lengthy left-brained preparation tactics. The underlying theme in this exercise is to concentrate on a whole body of little works and to not become overly involved in one picture. This will take practice on my part; my epitaph will likely include the words "overly involved." But I'm ready to go -- I've got my cards and my favorite pen, and I can feel the muse knocking on the door.
Do you have a favorite technique for igniting the creativity in your work? Please share!