Gathering, Creating, Contemplating

image: dan james

For most of us artists, there are three essential phases of creativity.

Gatheringof ideas, materials, inspiration, collaborators.

Creatingthe actual making of the artwork.

Contemplatingreflecting on finished work, its triumphs, its lessons.

Then we start the cycle again.

If we ignore any one of these phases, our work probably won’t be as rewarding, fulfilling, or as authentically “us” at it could be.

How’s the balance of gathering, creating and contemplating in your creative life?


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