where does it come from?

the process of creativity has been the topic on 'the creative life' list - an interesting topic and one that i haven't put a lot of thought into in relation to myself.

but - i put one brave foot forward and posted to the list

"the creative process - the inspiration - i think that for me, it is difficult to really tell where it comes from - i work in fits and spurts - there will be a dry spell for weeks and then suddenly, as if from no where, a large body of work will come spewing forth - some of it not so good, but some of it quite wonderful - i fill up the waste bin quite often with the 'not so good' things.

when i try to pinpoint 'where' it all comes from, i think it mostly comes from observation. i tend to be pretty quiet and very observant - i am constantly making little sketches that are more impressions than anything else - brief wisps of images that somehow all gel into something else - eventually.

i try to keep the bits of paper that i tend to accumulate on bulletin boards but they seem to flow out onto every empty horizontal surface - looking over the computer monitor there are newspaper clippings and postcards and pictures torn from books and magazines and photos that i've taken taped to the wall - along with things like an old rusty miniature lawn mower - (i've had a preoccupation with things with wheels lately) and a very organic looking souvener fan someone brought me from samoa

so the creative process, for me, is something that happens when all of the textures and images and tastes and smells combine and magically transform themselves - i wish that i had a more concrete way of saying that - that somehow i could figure out what happens so that i could replicate the process and 'make it happen' on command - but thus far i haven't been able to make that happen. "

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