“Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I'm gazing at a distant star. It's dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago. Maybe the star doesn't even exist any more. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.”
Here's my theory.
To be a better artist, you need to stretch and exercise your curiosity and creative thinking skills. And to do that? Well, I think you know this already... you've got to do [more] [challenging] creative stuff. It's a big 'ol circle, folks! A loop.
Creativity is a self-fulfilling
prophecy bus that you DRIVE
around in an infinite loop.
It doesn't matter if that analogy or metaphor or phraseology actually makes sense! My goal is not to make total sense. My goal is to have fun here! Essentially, you make the art, you make it your own... you are the only one with the key that enables you to drive your unique psychedelic* creative prophecy bus through the days of your life.
And when someone tells you that that they can do it for you? That they have the secret to creativity? That they have the magic key that starts the bus?** Seriously? Why do you think someone has the power to unlock [and how did they get the code, anyhow] your creative wonderfulness? And how much does it cost to unlock the amazingly creative goddess within you? Instant flashing NEON warning sign! It's not true.
So there's work to do. Becoming a better artist takes concentration and focus and a bit of obsession, I think. It requires a certain openness to the experience. But it takes a lot of work. I think to become a better artist, the process of making art [making][art] needs to be important to you. That daily dedicated time, even 15 minutes thrown in to your lunch hour, that kind of time.
Art matters because it brings more joy and beauty to our lives and to the world.
And we really, really need that.
PS. ------>>>>> If you'd like to kick-start your creative process, mark your calendar for the 7th annual Index-Card-a-Day Challenge which runs June 1 - July 31. I'll challenge YOU to create something, anything, on an index card every day for 61 days. What will you unfold!?!?! There are simple daily prompts, or you can wing it like I do, and just play & experiment.
* Or mono-chromatic.
** No-one else has your key, because it contains a super secret code that only your imagination can unlock.