I've been thinking a lot about what I do and why I do it. I've been working on finding the connections between things and making sense of it all. This process for me can be scary. At times it feels like my projects are often disjointed, seemingly a smattering of dots floating in the universe. A big WTF? What exactly am I doing?
Working through the creation of a current artist statement recently has helped me identify my creative purpose. It has helped to assure me that more often than not, what might seem to me oddball creative urge often circles back to my big purpose even when I couldn't put a name on what I was doing at the time or why.
This morning the voice of Amanda Palmer in her reading of "The Art of Asking" came to me. I was reminded of her ideas related to our work of connecting dots as artists. Eager to see exactly what she said about the topic I plugged "Amanda Palmer and dots" in to Google and came across this article at Brain Pickings.
"We can only connect the dots that we collect, which makes everything you write about you. … Your connections are the thread that you weave into the cloth that becomes the story that only you can tell."
Phew! I can't connect the dots I don't collect so I need to trust the creative urges and go after them. I need to do what I do and love what I love. I'm here to suggest that maybe you do too.
In this day of the creative entrepreneur it is very easy to try to force ourselves in to nice and tidy, easy to understand packages. One note offerings that are easy to understand at a single glance. The danger with this is becoming a one note offering yourself.
I'm posting this here as a reminder for myself and a permission slip in case you need it too. Let's make some space for it...
You can't connect the dots you don't collect. You can't create the beautiful threads that you weave in to the story of your own creation. You need to trust the creative urges that come again and again. You need to do what you yearn to do. You need to love what you love.