Jump! Friday January 28, 2005, 2 comments

A friend recently commented on my creative slump. He suggested that perhaps I am trying too hard. There is definite merit in this, but I cannot and will not accept that I am trying to hard.

I explained to him that I feel on the cusp of a leap to a new level of understanding (at least in terms of visual art). I keep leaping, trying to grab the ledge of this new level and pull myself up, and every time I jump, I get just a tiny bit closer, but end up standing in the same place I was. I’ll keep jumping, and I’ll keep grasping, and some day I’ll pull myself up onto that new plateau and start exploring.

But until then, I have to keep striving. I cannot stop jumping, or I’ll never reach the ledge. There is not easy way up to it, and there’s not shortcuts. Trying too hard CAN choke you creatively, but the difference between what I’ve been doing and trying too hard is that I have NEVER tried for force my work. I try and I try to open my “innocent eye” but I never – EVER – try to force something onto the canvas, torturing contrast into some horrific stillbirth of my creative misery.

You can’t force it. But you can keep leaping for that ledge. And I will keep leaping, till I finally get there. In the mean time you’ll all just have to suffer along with me.


Comments

Jorge Friday January 28, 2005


Hmmm.

I think the problem is that we as humans tend to examine ourselves too much, and still miss the obvious. Certainly you THINK that you do not force your work, but how do you know, really? You would need to step completely outside of yourself to make this assertion (or opinion of lack of assertion).

I’ll offer some advice. Chill.

Not meant in a condescending way, certainly.

I will use the almighty Capoeira as an analogy. There was a movement I was trying to get. No matter how I tried, how hard I tried, or how many times I tried I couldn’t get it. Then I felt a cold coming on, and avoided class for the week so as not to get anyone else sick. When I went back a week after, relaxed and fresh, the movement came to me automatically.

Chill.

Physics Boy Wednesday April 20, 2005


Some of us never had the gift of being creative to start with.

Commenting has ended for this post, but I'd still love to hear from you.

The website of Adrian Lebar

A Rain of Frogs is written, designed and built by Adrian Lebar, a twenty(!) year veteran of web design and development. He is currently managing web and mobile development teams at Canada’s largest and most beloved classifieds site, Kijiji!

He is a father, sailor, snowboarder, skier, cyclist, writer, artist, graphic designer, classically trained musician and afraid of heights.

Adrian is not currently available for freelance and contract work. Learn more.

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. The inverse proposition also appears to be true: A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be made to work.”
- John Gall

Twitter

  • Emojis are not innovation. I don’t think this is what he meant when he said make a dent in the universe. Friday August 4, 2017
  • It's kinda surreal when the power is out in one's office. Thursday August 3, 2017
  • “This Is How Your Fear and Outrage Are Being Sold for Profit” by @TobiasRose t.co/USlBc2bup8 Tuesday July 25, 2017
  • t.co/kFOlRCeusb isn't about the subject, but the photographers relationship to the subject. t.co/1ixyhdniux via @YouTube Tuesday July 25, 2017
  • Thriller, Dragon's Lair, Ghostbusters, Vincent Price.Peak 80s or just a flashback to my childhood? t.co/1AgPFOb8Xc via @YouTube Monday July 24, 2017
  • “…entrepreneurship seems like a sport. And the score depends on scale. How big can you get? How fast?” — @jasonfried t.co/hgcUyO87yL Monday July 24, 2017
  • “…20-somethings on the Upper West Side in enormous apartments who almost never seem to actually work?”  — @AmyAndSir t.co/nYjnsLvCkz Monday July 24, 2017
  • I didn't know they were making a movie. Great book. Looking forward to seeing how it translates. t.co/uzysPeR1PW via @YouTube Monday July 17, 2017
  • An F-18 just flew over our house. Sunday July 16, 2017
  • From a wookie's perspective, Chewbacca is the handsome rogue and Han is the dumb sidekick communicating in animal noises. Friday July 14, 2017