Art begets art, don’t you think?
Of course, we may disagree on the definition of art. But I find the more I notice, the more I notice.
The more I write, the more I photograph, the more I dream.
The more I read, the more I feel, the more I write.
When you open up — even just a little — to noticing and noting, you are actually working your art muscle.
What I say is not new. It’s not an original thought. Many more experienced at attracting art have said it before I just did.
But I notice it happening to me.
I see poetry in my photographs, and color in my poems. The art of one lends itself to the other, and suddenly I feel as if I am getting somewhere.
It’s not that I am a constant rushing stream of good art. Some of it is just purge.
Pages filled with strike outs.
I look like this sometimes.
But then I laugh at myself. At my #selfie.
And I share it with you.
And my nervous heart strengthens a bit when you laugh along with me… in the knowing fully that you understand I’m half joking.
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There’s something that gets in my way, though.
Thinking. Too much thinking. About getting somewhere with my art.
This, too, I notice.
It’s like that moment when I realize I am lucid dreaming and I know if I think too hard about it, I will wake up. So I try not to think — just breathe, I say — but this in itself is thinking.
Out of the dream.
Or, more simply, it’s like losing your cross-eyed stare once you finally become aware of the 3D image in a Magic Eye design. I see it! You cry. Then,
Back to staring at blurry peacock feathers.
What’s the real magic trick?
Minding your thinking, I suppose.
Noticing it, yes, but allowing thoughts to float away as easily as the 3D Magic Eye design.
Blur it away on purpose.
Master this, and become a Master.
7 thoughts on “Art of attraction”
A very nice post about how perception develops Over thinking affects us all. My book comes out on March 19th and I’d love you to let me know what you think 🙂
Very exciting! Where is it available? Add a link please
Art and the eye of the beholder. I think we don’t take enough time working our eye. We’re all too busy to stop. It looks like you’re doing great with yours, Jen.
Thanks, Andra. Starting to pay attention more. Wish I was walking with you right now!
Reminds me of John Gardner’s fiction lessons on staying in the narrative dream . . . that once you’ve let the reader out, it’s done. Lots of stress for the artist!
Oooo I like this piece, Jen. Over-thinking – the devil in our time. We seem to have lost the pleasure of taking things at their face value – enjoying what hits the senses without analysing, rationalising and processing everything to the nth degree don’t you think. Ummmm – too much thinking, m’thinks can really get in the way
This post really spoke to me, thank you! Over thinking is something I have always struggled with. I like what you said about opening yourself up – I believe that is key: opening your heart and opening your senses, taking notice and taking note. That is doable!