Going with the flow (a rant)

by Owen Garratt | The Art of Being an Artist

T his is one of the most insidious, most destructive behaviors of western civilization– and not just for artists, and somehow all creative types have become the sort of standard-bearers for it.

You hear it all the time. People who want to be seen as free-spirits, or open minded or “spontaneous” describe themselves as going with the flow. No plans. No worries. No imposed structure. “Just whatever comes my way…”

Schtick Artist wondering what to do_optSpontaneity is the single most overrated, misunderstood and poisonous quality possible, yet 99% of artists consider it as necessary and important.

Sure it makes sense at first glance.  Let’s start by looking at the opposite: what connotations do we get when we think of someone who’s NOT spontaneous? Imprisoned, inhibited, limited, soul-less.

Who wants that?

Everyone has the image of the artist feeding off of their inspiration, living uninhibited, ecstatic with freedom and vitality, and creating mind-blowing and significant artwork that resonates will all.

It’s just an illusion…and a myth.

Spontaneity is not creativity. Creativity is the act of solving problems. Period.

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3 Comments

  1. Julie Thompson

    That makes perfect sense… the seed of a new idea might appear in spontaneity, But in order for that tiny seed of an idea to grow and evolve into something meaningful and worth pursuing and creating, it takes strict diligence, work, research and a whole lot of effort to turn it into that. Most folks may not see or recognize this resulting Thing as having been borne out of all that work and effort and perseverance, they only see the end result and think it just… happened. Kind of like success.

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    • Owen Garratt

      And I encourage artists to share that journey of diligence, work, research, and effort into their stories about themselves, and their art! The clients NEED to understand exactly what has gone into the creation of each piece…

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    • Gwen Cicone

      I could not agree more with you. The artistic choices I make while I work are grounded in knowledge and experience as they”flow”out of me!

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