A few years back I was in a slump. I was not creating in any way shape or form. I was depressed.. I had no ideas.. I felt lost in my art. I couldn’t seem to come up with ideas or projects in any way. It was stagnant. Then a colleague of mine from Facebook Invited me to a group . That was actually the beginning of a beautiful journey . Through that group I was exposed to new ideas.. To new art methods. I started exploring this group and others. I started looking on pinterest.. I also looked at artists and their body of works through YouTube and other platforms. Exposure to new ideas is important to one’s growth whether that is artistically, spiritually or intellectually.”Exposure” does not equal a recruitment of said media,religions,social,or scientific explorations. The tree of knowledge of good and evil ,as mentioned in Genesis 2 of the Bible,has often been misinterpreted as the tree of knowledge. The full text is important as the warnings to not eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil is not a warning against science,discovery,or learning. That being said , input at an informational level is healthy. Learning things, hearing of ideas( even if imperfect or untrue) is a key element in deciding who you are and what you believe and learn. If you blindly except something without further study. You become part of a herd. Which can stampede over a cliff! But if you study things,dillagently enquiring beyond a statement or idea you gain not only knowledge but understanding. So many of us take another’s word as solid evidence and truth, without our own introspection and without further information . We assume it to be correct. An idea can be dangerous? Sure. But that idea can be delved into from multiple aspects and be confirmed or refuted. That “idea” can also lead to new ideas. New views. New discoveries. Now particularly within “religion” there is much controversy in what I am writing here. I am not writing of “religions” which are man-made constructs. I am not even writing about “faith”. I am actually writing about intellectual , creative growth. If you have a set of knowledge and skills coupled with experience, that’s a good start. But learning must continue. One idea leads to another idea and then there’s a blending of concepts that occurs as creativity! Learning new art forms,media,styles,movements,etc. Can create a brainstorming effect in your own mind. It is like a muse. It is inspiration! That creativity has been exploding in me these last two years. It has happened on multiple levels in my mind and even in my spirit. I had been so distracted by pain,physical issues,family issues,daily issues,finances etc. You know… that thing called life that happens.
Thoughts became stagnant. My input was t.v. My pain became near hopelessness. ( Still a faithful Christian believer here, yet very much distracted.) I did pray. Then I prayed more earnestly. Then things started happening. Little changes. Interactions. Input. Exposure to others belief systems which reminded me of my own. What were those based on again? Go back to that solid foundation. Everything has a foundation. Even a piece of art. It has a beginning. It has a learning curve. It has a process. It has its own life. Go back to your foundations. If they are painful,or traumatizing, build on it. Learn from it. Grow. Evolve. Change. Turn away from it. Go another way. If your foundations are solid, loving,caring,compassionate,kind, then build on that. Start over on those good foundations. Remember good and cancel out the bad. Reach for new understanding. Hold onto hope.
Philippians 4:8King James Version
8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. “