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Something Old. Something New. What is Your Process?

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Mostly borrowed. Likely blue.

We like the myth of the genius inventor or the brilliant writer. We want to hear more about the talent that simply cannot be stopped: so much to write and create.

But pull back the curtain on their work and you see lots of failure and many bad first-, second-, third-, twenty-fifth drafts. Just ask Edison. Or Hemingway. L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz was rejected so many times he kept a journal he called a “Record of Failure.”

Let's break out: new from old.

Let’s break out: new from old.

That’s why our ongoing conversations are so critical. These conversations—with friends/colleagues/spouse, with media, with a keyboard, with ourselves, with God—are the process by which we sort all kinds of life-stuff. An artist friend has challenged me to attempt an abstract watercolor. I’m no artist, but I do produce dumb sketches every day. It helps to have the bar set very, very low.

The only way I can move forward with an abstract image is to think of the entire project as a conversation. But this conversation is between a bit of burnt sienna, a dab of periwinkle, a waterbrush and a slice of Strathmore 90# paper. I call it a conversation because I am only bringing the elements together and have no clue what the result will be. I call it a conversation because I await the new thing that often results from the interplay. I’ll likely not call it art.

It’s the “something-new from old” that energizes creators. Today’s copy project also requires a conversation between old elements, a clarified message from my client and a new audience. Again: I’m trusting process rather than brilliance. Because any brilliance that happens grows organically out of process.


Image credit: Kirk Livingston

Written by kirkistan

August 17, 2015 at 7:40 am

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  1. Reblogged this on Dumb Sketch Daily and commented:

    Courage! Laura @CreateArtEveryday has challenged to do something abstract. I’m talking myself into the project.


    August 17, 2015 at 7:43 am

  2. YES!


    August 17, 2015 at 1:49 pm

  3. I second Lance’s YES and raise you a nod and smile. And a thanks for the mention! I am so excited for you. Conversation is a perfect starting place. Perfect. Rock on!

    Laura (Createarteveryday)

    August 17, 2015 at 4:58 pm

  4. […] at Dumb Sketch Daily I’ve attempted a couple abstractions (per my brave declaration), and the sketching process is starting to become clear: recognize the heart of an image and work […]

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