Sometimes I find myself with a great idea, and the time to be creative, and then my result disappoints me! Or I get frustrated in the process. I start out with a great idea in my head – just to meet a piece of art I don’t like too much. For years I thought I was the only one experiencing this, until I read Ira Glass’ opinion.
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
I think that this message from Ira Glass isn’t only limited to the creative industry. It can be applied to everyone who starts out in a new environment and is willing to improve.
When I’m creative, I usually write, but sometimes I paint or do other things as well, mostly to my own amusement and relaxation.
Some time ago I tried to be creative with the pieces of my shopping life. I had cut up all my credit cards and I included them in an on-going painting with a humorous statement.
I thought the idea was brilliant. However, I didn’t quite like my painting. I had it on my wall for a couple of weeks, but I didn’t feel the resonance I need to get from my art or the things I put up on my walls. So I took it down, and forgot about it.
Today I finally did something about it. I’ve always thought it was the background colour I couldn’t stand, it was pink, all right, but not the shopping pastel pink I was going for at the start of the work. But I realized that I need the screaming pink background for my never – again- usable credit cards. By adding a dark blue sparkling paint on the silver letters, the statement popped out of my painting, and made my day.
Adding some blue and pink hearts as well, and my painting got the right look and feeling.
The final result is now on my wall, speaking to everybody that enters the room.
The reason I started working on this painting again, was also inspired of this cute little sign, which I know have placed under my painting, it was a present from one of my nephews and his girlfriend – I think they know me well..
This other sign has been on my wall for some time.
I think the three pieces complete one another now. Together, they speak my truth!
…or almost the truth. There should probably be one more sentence on the sign about the plastic surgery though;
One Mastercard.. and One Visa.