I see.

Feeding your creative well

As a creative person, I’m often struck by how easy it is to get bogged down and lose sight of what’s really important to me. When the work slows down, and the money gets tight, the all-too-familiar voice of doubt starts to creep up again. And all of the reasons I shouldn’t keep going seem to get louder and louder. The moments that spark the smile get further apart, and the path starts to look a bit hazy. It’s something that many artists have encountered before me, and I have no doubt countless will after I’m gone. But one of the best ways I know to remind myself why I’m here, (and why I have to keep creating) is to feed my well. It’s nearly impossible to create effectively in a vacuum, and creativity needs to be fed and nurtured. As a result, I’ve learned over the years that when I start to hit walls with my work or lose my way a bit, I need to replenish myself with creative material. I do this in a number of ways, but one of the best is to GO SEE ART.

There are some wonderful galleries and museums in this city. While they aren’t all 100% “on” 100% of the time, I feel fortunate that there are so many passionate people involved with curating shows that they are excited about that push things forward. This weekend I went to LACMA for the California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way” exhibit.

 

 

 

 

Afterwards, walking down Wilshire I felt suddenly lighter. It was as if the simple act of going to see some of the best design of the era from California designers empowered me to create on my own. So I took a few pictures on the way back to the car, and headed out to Venice.

Architecture and Sculpture on Wilshire

More Architecture

Gesture

Composition in Green

Ron English has a show at Post No Bills on Abbot Kinney currently called English 101 and it was definitely worth the trip. Here are a few highlights:


The next time you’re feeling stuck, go see something that inspires you. Then throw yourself back into your work, and see if it doesn’t make things better.

 

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