Forget and Create

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Artists have a different perspective on focus.  We are programmed to remember what we learned…perhaps there are times when forgetfulness helps our focus.

“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.”
Henri Matisse

6 thoughts on “Forget and Create

  1. That sounds right. We all live in our own individual worlds and therefore have differing perspectives and perceptions. To create something unique, we must turn inward and reflect what we find therein. Blessings.

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    • What I find is that our propensity is to look outward, to compare our thoughts with others to see if we are in sync with the status quo. I agree – to create something unique, it must come from within. Looking inward is a more difficult road…

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  2. To be creative, to do something new and different, that is “the rub” We feel and are so much because of our early experiences and training–from our early childhood, education or our peers. Perhaps I disagree with Henri Matisse, only in that I believe we build on our former experiences and what we learn from others. (Perhaps remembering the good and forgetting the bad.)

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    • Interesting point! And one that resonates with my thinking. When I was reading Shakespeare’s biography, plagiarism was rampant and acceptable. People built on each other’s work, thereby making improvements as they went along. Plagiarism is our world is anathema. Once I see a rose, I have no desire to improve upon the qualities – to me it is perfect. But the interpretation can be unique. Perhaps that is the creative process…

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  3. This is a fascinating one. My mother and I have been watching an artist at work this weekend – Shirley Trevena (on DVD). She produces vibrant, energetic watercolours and it has been so interesting to hear her talk about what she picks out from the ‘live’ subject (a flower, an apple etc) to portray. She is trying to capture what is, to her, the essence of the subject’s core (excuse the pun!) rather than to give an accurate depiction. It is a matter of what is pleasing on the paper above all else. We all know what a real rose looks like – we don’t need a painting for help. I think one of the main jobs of art is to convey what the artist thought about the rose…..

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    • I agree wholeheartedly. It seems that the creative process is about integrating the internal voice with the outward image. Perhaps that’s why there is such an emotional response when we view the work of art or the strains of music…

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