I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.
Have you ever taken something that was almost good in your eyes and impulsively veered off in a completely new direction during your creative process, thus losing your way? Have you then chided yourself for once again, being so careless when, as a result of your action, you encounter unexpected obstacles? This is typical of the creative journey; it is full of botchbungles – of accidents, discoveries and recoveries. From new directions, original artistic expressions are born.
It is only by venturing into unknown realms and risking a botchbungle or two – or many perhaps – that we discover aspects of our unrealized, creative potential. Through heady, challenging, exhilarating explorations and intuitive, courageous recreations, we build our repository of creative experiences. We might not always find our way back to the beginning again, to our original intention, but what we now have, is outside the boundaries of our previously tried and tested solutions – and that is exciting because it is a fresh vision, unfettered by the obvious, the controllable, the right or the wrong. Creativity is fluid and hazy and “ambiguity is a challenge for cognitive adventure and an opportunity to perceive things freshly. Creative people allow in uncensored perceptions and are open to examining areas that do not have tidy resolutions. They risk venturing beyond their conscious awareness into the irrational. They risk not having an instant solution.” (HAVE YOU EVER HAD A HUNCH? The Importance of Creative Thinking)
I, personally, prefer not to rely on instant, pretested, creative solutions and keep an open mind because I have found that …
without rhyme or reason,
from the shelves in my dream-room
into my midnight sleep.
(I TOUCHED A STAR IN MY DREAM LAST NIGHT)
Once an intriguing idea pops into my head, I ascend with it vertically, rapidly, with careless abandon because the promise it holds, might lead to new, exciting creative heights. I realize though, there is also risk: I might be lead into the foreboding Droomasfear, far away from my original point of departure – and into the grasping, ten-fingered thwackers of the lurking Drooma.
Fear is realistic. “It is the degree of fear and the related anxieties that can be debilitating and cause natural emotions to become creativity crunchers,” (HAVE YOU EVER HAD A HUNCH? The Importance of Creative Thinking.) Fear imprisons visions and prevents us from reaching new heights in our creative journeys whereas daring and artistic impulsivity, can lead to happy accidents – to welcome botchbungles…
“Being impulsive again Spunktaneous? Can’t keep away from us? Forgot to adhere to the Rules of Perpendicularity? What a welcome botchbungle!” (THE WORLD OF GLIMPSE)