I have been viewing a former TV reality show, “Work of Art,” via YouTube. The show only lasted for two seasons. The up-and-coming artists are given a creative challenge–i.e., explore the theme of movement, collaborate with a child’s work of art, visit a new place and paint a portrait of a local person, etc. The judges choose a winner of the challenge each week and one artist who fails the challenge goes home.
As a viewer, I appreciate the unique and innate creativity that is part of each one of us. I can almost see the inner wheels turning as these artists craft a concept into a tangible work of art. For the artist (or writer) viewing this show, there is an inspirational boost. You could take the challenge yourself–reframe it to your own genre–and give yourself a specified amount of time to complete the challenge. If only for the fun of it!
There is a cutting edge to creativity. We repeat a technique over and over again (practice and patience) and in doing so, integrate this technique into our repertoire. It has become part of our creative expression. We have a conquest.
And then, another level of learning presents. A chasm of sorts, something to leap across or otherwise navigate. An artist or writer looks for the next creative challenge. We want to grow.
How’s the weather where you are today? Is it a good day to be outdoors, sitting on a park bench with your journal in hand? If not, how about a quiet little cafe where you can sit in a corner, sip your tea or coffee and play the observer. Writers, notice the passers-by and try quick, one-sentence cameo descriptions…the goal is to capture something essential about that person…or place. If you are an artist, try your hand at the sixty-second-sketch and then go on to the next person, place or thing that gets your attention. Play!