Sunday, May 23, 2010

Purpose...

I was talking with a friend about our blogs the other day. We were both weighing out the pros and cons of maintaining them and just pondering about our internet presences in general. She asked, "What do you want your readers to take away from reading your posts?"

I think for me, one of the main things is that I'm human. I'm not some infallible creative machine who leads a perfect life served up on a silver platter. The things I have and are most proud of are a result of hard work, preparation, opportunity and some good old fashioned good luck. I make mistakes all the time and am far from perfect.

I also want readers to have a glimpse of what piques my curiosity and sparks my creativity. If you haven't noticed, there's no singular theme to my posts. I guess that's my indirect way of saying that inspiration is everywhere. Even the smallest of things could provide a catalyst. Although there are muses hidden in every single facet of our lives, it takes persistent hard work and constant flexing of your creative muscles to discover and utilize them all. Sure, there are rare cases of flashes of inspiration, but I've found that most of my best ideas are from engaging in a project, problem-solving and really digging in. I find that the best answers are always right there before us, waiting to reveal the secrets we're looking for – we just have to be willing to put the work into seeing them.

3 comments:

Zoe Nelson said...

And, one of the issues that artists have is that we just "see" the world differently than everyone else and we attempt to bring that sight to others. It's a struggle sometimes but impossible to live our lives any other way.

TesoriTrovati said...

"inspiration is everywhere"
YES!
That is my point exactly. I think that this is a great question, what do you want readers to take away? I would agree with all that you have written here for my own space on the internet as well. And it really does shine through when I come here.
I think that artists see the world in a different way. And to find that harmony and community among fellow seers is the greatest gift.

Thank you for your inspiration, Andrew!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

The Paper Princess said...

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for visiting me at Create With Joy and leaving your well wishes for True - she is such a sweetie, I know she will be so appreciative when she stops by and sees them!

I'm so glad I've had a chance to meet you through your blog as a result of your comment - I just finished reading through all of your current posts and I really love the portrait it reveals of who you are! I SO agree with the thoughts you have shared in this post - inspiration IS everywhere - but we have to be willing to open our eyes and our hearts to what is there, to see things in new ways, to persist when things do not come easily, and to work at our craft. Flexibility is also important. Sometimes, we have to stop striving so hard and let the subconscous parts of our mind engage and solve the problems that our conscous minds cannot!

I signed up to follow you and I look forward to reading your blog and seeing more of your work in the future!

Hugs
Ramona
http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com