People make New Year’s resolutions because it feels like it’s a chance to begin again. New Year’s resolutions are essentially a creative process.
They’re similar to what artists experience every time they begin a new work of art—such as a painting, sculpture, composition, choreography, play, or the preparation of a piece of music for performance.
Artists begin with a question—for instance:
- “What should I create?”
- “What story do I want to tell?”
- “What color or sound do I want to explore?”
- “What do I want to experience?”
- “What idea do I want to delve into?”
- “What memory do I want to examine?”
- “What can I do to fully express myself about this idea/issue/image/situation?”
The New Year gives all of us a chance to consider what we want to create in our lives as we move through the year ahead. For the artist, the work of art is only the beginning. Creating the work often leads to achieving other goals, and although the other results may not be recognized or known at the time, the artistic process itself is meaningful and worth the time. But the reality is that it has to start someplace. Read more…
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