Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Art Plane

Sometimes the very thought of making or writing something can become the barrier. When it becomes like this I just start. Like now. I have no clue what to write, just the growing frustration that I am not. Why this plays out time and time again for me (and I  suspect others) always amazes me. It eludes me. The longer it is put off the bigger it becomes-the fact that nothing is happening-and then finally I just start.  I don't think the mind can create AND procrastinate at the same time. Creativity usually wins out and then suddenly it's no longer an issue. Amazingly, the doing is the antidote. This relief coupled with the stimulation of what is happening on the canvas or paper shifts everything.  Time slows down, concern gives way to gentle excitment. I call it the Art Plane...it always felt to me like this space or place was a distinctly separate plane. It's always available. All the time. Sometimes I can get in it but mostly I'm on the ground looking up at it wondering why I'm not. Spending too long out of it, at least for me, is not a good thing. 

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11 comments:

gonzales said...

Hahaha, and I thought it was just me being "lazy". Oh man, i know this all too well. I like your analogy of looking up at it......so true. Me and an artist friend always laugh at the fact that "why is it so difficult to "make picutes"?? i mean in essence that's what we're doing, but it can be so frustrating which in turn is pretty humorous (the humorous part usually comes after you've produced something).

Nicholas Wilton said...

What kills me is that this often derails me way more than it should--I actually forget that this is how it IS....I think it is part of the creative process.

Angela Wales Rockett said...

So true, so accurately described, so familiar! So frustrating. But, I think you're right in that it is part of the process.

gonzales said...

AND it will never get easier. If it were that easy I don't think we would be doing it.

brian edmonds said...

Nicholas I like your work. I have been obsessed with the stripes/blocks that mimic the landscape for the last 6 months. Your work is giving me ideas of new ways to implement it into my paintings.

Nicholas Wilton said...

Brian--great! go go -happy my work is fueling you right now...cheers, Nick

Rebecca Crowell said...

I love the photo of your paint tubes and stuff. It looks like my table only neater!

The Art Plane is a good way to describe it--I've always called it the Zone--same thing. I like the way you describe it, the building tension of procrastination, then giving way to creating.

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