Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Process, Practice and Patience

"Trusting the process and accessing the energies of creative movement is a discipline. I liken it to the practice of sitting meditation. It is not simply a matter of surrendering to circumstances and external forces. The creative process requires the active participation of the artist over a period of time. People beginning to commit themselves to creativity have to realize that important results are not always immediate. Just as the meditator practices staying with the object of meditation no matter what thoughts, sensations or other distractions arise, the artist learns how to stay connected to the image being constructed and the process of creation, assimilating whatever occurs in to the creative act."
- Shaun McNiff, Trust the Process: An Artist's Guide to Letting Go
Whether creating a life, a paragraph or a painting it seems process, practice and patience are key. Damn.

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