“The object isn’t to make art, but be in that wonderful state that makes art inevitable” ~ Robert Henri ~
For many years now this quote by Robert Henri has tickled my mental meanderings and perspective. It just really resonates with me, heart and soul. To transform the mundane into the profound, to see color where before were only shadows? To be shaken out of the ordinary and experience the extraordinary. Being in that mental state that makes art inevitable is not about happiness. It is not about tomorrows pressures or yesterdays regrets. It is about being present to your creative moments. Doing what you enjoy doing. Learning to enjoy the process of artistic growth.
At the very heart of this, pursuing a creative life, when were done peeling back the layers to find the fundamental core, this is where my personal discovery leads me: flow, creativity, & mastery.
– Flow experience is why. The heart of our motivation.
– Creativity is what. The raw material we work with.
– Mastery is how. The technicals we draw from.
My experience is the visual arts and which will be the lens through which we explore these ideas, particularly mastery. But these three concepts, from my perspective, really form a symbiotic circle of human experience. The three overlap on so many levels. So dealing with them together is really key to unlocking each… More flow experiences in our lives, attaining higher mastery of our craft, and exploring the outside edges of creativity.
I intend to go deep on all three, tease out even the smallest details, triggers and tricks to put more flow, creativity, and skill acquisition in our lives. Some of the ideas we’ll explore will be:
– Sincerity to process over product.
– Drawing on internal motivations over external concerns.
– The habit of hard work.
– Deep concentration on a limited field.
– Developing intuition.
– Drawing with our eyes first.
Enjoying the moment, immersing oneself fulling in the present, fully experiencing the deep, profound state of now. Master pianists who revel in perfecting their scales. Athletes who enjoy loosing themselves in the process of practice and drills. Let alone the joys of exceptional performance. The future is heavy, that past burdensome. Putting our mental time travel aside for a time to enjoy some flow, exploring creativity, and the self satisfaction of getting good at something… is a life worth living.
Lets talk about this.
Lets talk about “The day you became a better artist. ( Credit: Scott Adams)”
Mr Adams original quote is about writing, but makes a profound point for any creative. In merely swapping tenses, the statement draws our attention to the now. You want to be a better artist? Great. Start. Now. More flow? More creativity? Perfect. Start now. Tommorows too late.