David Lynch: happiness is in the doing

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I love this video on so many different levels…

    1. It’s David Lynch talking about creativity and where it comes from. He is so incredibly creative and prolific and his advice is so simple yet wise.
    2. The illustrations are so beautiful and they enrich your understanding of David’s soothing words.
    3. The colour pallet is just divine… love, love, love ♥
    4. David debunks the myth that suffering is a necessary part of the creative process… hoo-bloody-ray!

Spend 2:33 minutes watching something beautiful that will help you better understand the creative process.

“Ideas are like fish and you don’t make the fish, you catch the fish”. – David Lynch

The beautiful animation is done by Jackie Lay & you can follow David Lynch on Twitter.
This video is hosted on The Atlantic

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what i learnt this week :: WEEK 12

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This has been a huge lesson for me this year.

After seeing the Chuck Close exhibition at the MCA in January I was struck, not only by his work but by his amazing work ethic. Despite devastating disability and debilitating pain he continues to work.

I have battled with my own self doubt and lack of drive when it came to getting my creative projects from my head into the real world. I was always creating work in my mind but never committing it to paper or wood. By doing so I could never really fail and I got to feel like an artists without really doing anything tangible.

Chuck Close kind of shook me to my core and since that day I have done at least one drawing a day. The passion is only one part of the equation and I’ve always had plenty of that… the magic is in the doing and once you start working more passion follows.

So to anyone out there who has a creative spark… just make something… more will come. Trust me 🙂

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what i learnt this week :: WEEK 6

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Half way through January, I decided to do a drawing each day. Some days I spend an hour doodling and others more than two hours. It has been rather wonderful to make the time to practice looking and seeing 🙂
During this practice I have realised something… by not thinking about what I’m drawing and just drawing WHAT I SEE and my drawings have really improved. Instead of thinking ‘a hand wouldn’t look like that’ I just draw what I see. It might look a bit odd at first but in the end when all of the pieces are on the paper it works.
So give it a go… turn of your thinking… just draw what you see.
What did you learn this week?

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i get really excited about making things

I always take note of quotes about creativity, the art of making and the passion required to keep on digging deep into the well of our minds to pull out a gem… perhaps to keep my own passion alive or to remind myself that – at least at times – it is a struggle for every creative, regardless of their chosen field.

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I heard Moby say this in a great short film “Inspiring Creativity – A Liberatum film presented by illy” available to watch on Vimeo and I love how simple it is… so many people speak of creativity as torture or suffering and this perspective is… well, it’s more me 🙂

The film is an insider’s perspective on inspiration from the minds of leading creative personalities including: Diana Picasso, Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer, Inez van Lamsweerde, Vinoodh Matadin, Academy Award nominee James Franco, Joan Smalls, Johan Lindeberg, Jonas Mekas, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Nico Muhly, Karen Elson, Karim Rashid, Klaus Biesenbach, Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels, Lola Montes Schnabel, Marilyn Minter, Mark Romanek, Tracey Emin, Moby, Paul Schrader, and TED founder Richard Saul Wurman.

Anything that loiters around inspiration is of interest to me… hope you enjoy this small look into the creative minds of some greats.

you can do more than you think you can

I have to remind myself of this almost daily! Just push through and do more regardless of what it is you’re doing – art, writing, exercise, work, modern interpretive dance or partying.

Often the biggest challenge to creatives is battling their inner critic – regardless of what your inner critic says, you CAN do more than you think you can.
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Go hard or go home!