Doing the Work

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Doing The Work

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For me, improving my art is really about spending time in the studio and doing the work.

I sometimes work in a linear fashion but it is rare, more commonly it seems that is more of an ebb and flow or seasons in the approach to doing the work. Nonetheless I have come to let what is be what it is… as trying to change it or force it usually has the opposite effect on me and the outcome. Trusting myself and the process is actually the hardest part; after that it is just being in the the daily practice of showing up and holding space so whatever stage, season, or flow is about to happen, can actually...

Holding space so what is can actually come forth and manifest.

PREPARATION, the idea that you are immersing yourself in the domain. If you are a musician you are absorbing a lot of the music that is inspiring you to create a new piece. If you’re a writer you are reading other writers.. .If you are an artist you are looking at other artist’s work.  Now the interesting thing about the incubation stages is that to a certain extent it is not really under your control how long that it will take.

INCUBATION.  this is when all the information that you have gathered in the PREPARATION stage starts to churn in the back of your mind, in the sub-consciousness. This is an extremely important and sometimes it can takes days, or weeks, or months. The incubation of ideas.

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INSIGHT is what most of the people think is a classic signal or sign of a creative, with insight it is really the idea of the ‘Aha’ moment. Although it is probably the smallest, it is possible one of the most important parts. For me it often often happens when I am doing some kind activity; driving a car, going for an inspired wonder. This is because your subconsciousness  is bubbling away and this insight  really allows the mind to work on something else and then the idea comes to the fore front of your mind.

EVALUATION,  I think it is an area that a lot of creative people struggle with because often we have so many ideas…evaluation of these ideas is so important because this is when being self aware, playing to your strengths and often walking it out to the desired outcome and reflected on the feeling to see if is in alignment with what you are wanting to convey. Often you find that people who are called the most ‘creative’ are often very good at this stage. They have all these ideas but they can edit and reflect and choose what are where to spend their energy.  Edit, Edit…Edit and see what sticks. I spend a lot of time in my mind and this is where all of this lives, thankful or there would be even more substrates surrounding me.

 

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ELABORATION This is where Edison said that it’s “1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”. This is where you are actually doing the work. So many people out there think that the creative process is that insight, the idea, or the the preparation, but really creating is in action. It is in doing work and putting in the time in the studio. Logging the hours by showing up and holding space for the daily practice of creating….whatever the medium the process is the same.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]