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  •  In regard to the question you ask (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, postmodernista

    about whether "following the rules" helps you be creative, in most disciplines that I'm aware, to "break the rules" in an inspired way, you must first understand the received "rules" inside and out. Most people who go on to produce enduring poetry, music, dance, or whatever, first spend years learning the craft. Probably they get praised for their "talent" early, so they keep at it, and eventually they "cut loose" and produce work of timeless genius.

    This is what I've heard about creating timeless, great music or dance or poetry or whatever. I think you're talking about something a bit different. You mean projects that are personally gratifying and relaxing for you, that feel creative, and your results delight other people, too. That you were discouraged early in art, probably means you had poor training. I suspect that's pretty endemic, especially for girls. We're supposed to "color between the lines." We don't, and we're dinged on our report cards. I certainly was.

    When you're restoring old furniture and objects, are you going back to "period" sources for inspiration? To what extent is your practice "craft" and how much of what you do would you consider "art"?

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sun Nov 17, 2013 at 06:13:57 AM PST

    •  I may not be able to answer that fully (2+ / 0-)
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      karmsy, RiveroftheWest

      but pieces like the ones above are helping me to address my historical fear of doing it wrong: wasting materials and time, being discouraged by my inability to make something technically or aesthetically perfect.

      After all, with these, for the most part, they were already without worth and nothing I did to them could make them any worse. That has helped me approach other, more serious projects with less fear, and remember the techniques and skills that make those projects successful.

      Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

      by postmodernista on Sun Nov 17, 2013 at 04:31:30 PM PST

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