“Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.”― Stephen King

The act of making, is the act of creating a life. And no I’m not talking about babies…

The act of making something can be bold, or simple, depending on how much courage you think is required to make the ‘thing’. Is it dinner, and you’ve made that dish 100 times before? Or is it a souffle that you’re attempting for the first time? Creating, making, is the act of making a life, literally, but not in the sense that you are birthing offspring to be nurtured and curated constantly.

Quite the opposite is true.

What you make is your gift to the world, and just like when you give any gift, you need to hand that ‘thing’ over and let it go, out into the world. Then you turn your attention to the next ‘thing’. In the process, you learn more about yourself that you could ever hope to drinking wine and talking to your friends (not that there’s anyting wrong with that!).

The process of creating an artwork, writing, reading or even the simple act of looking at another’s artwork are all intimately connected for me. Art truly has the power to move us; to tears or to action!

My first response to any life-event is to write it, take photos, talk about it, paint it. Art can be miraculous as therapy, calming and peaceable, can stir up deep and often long-forgotten memories, visceral feelings. Use it, heal, write it out, get that out and then make something else!

Not all art needs an audience. You are allowed to keep somethings to yourself. Especially if it still hurts. And you’re allowed to burn stuff, too. That can very very cleansing!

The problem is that there is so much stuff caught up with making. People have the belief that they are not creative (not true), that what they make needs to have value (who gets to decide that?) and, if it doesn’t have some kind of magical ‘value’ then the time and money expended in making the thing is somehow wasted.

Now if the ‘thing’ was the important element here, then perhaps some of that could be true. If you’re a chef who buys a whole bunch of ingredients and decides to be creative and ends up with something inedible with a restaurant full of paying guests, then yeah… But even the most successful chefs experiment, make mistakes! How do you think they came up with Nouvelle Cuisine?

If you are just starting out it’s okay, no it’s crucial, that you muck around, experience, play with materials and enjoy the process.

The ‘thing’ will be…something…sure, but the final product will be you.

***

Originally published with errors on Medium. Frankly, it was a bit of a mess.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

chrismcmullen

Writing, Publishing, and Marketing Ideas

Literary Remains

Some Things Are Better Off Read

Aaron Caycedo-Kimura

Painter, Poet, & Cartoonist

The Darkroom

Gary Allard's photography exposed

Debatably Dateable

But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for

Greater Than the Sum

Andrew's take on the world

Aidan J. Reid

Sci-Fi Nut First. Thriller Author Second.

The Working Writer

Pro Advice For Freelance Writers

Dad's 80th Birthday - 18th December

The Best Dad in the World! Celebrating 80 years and 55 years of being a fantastic father and Grandad!

A Writer's Path

Sharing writing tips, information, and advice.

The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

Here and now, with all of it.

Whims from Valadae

Official Site of author N.R. Eccles-Smith

Investigative Journalism Scotland

Human Rights Abuses UK; Secretive State Ritual Torture+Assault Targets

Whats-Your-Sign.com

Your Guide to Symbolic Meanings and Signs

Award-Winning Author Nicole Evelina

Stories of Strong Women from History and Today

%d bloggers like this: