Artistic Decisions and the Flow of Energy
Indecision stops the flow of creative energy and prevents an artist’s vision from taking shape. It fills us with low-order ideas and points us in numerous unproductive directions.
Fear causes indecision and paralyzes us from moving forward. It prevents us from committing to specific ideas and making efforts in certain directions. Fear leads to second-guessing, doubts about our abilities, undermines our desire for creative expression.
The creative clog in our minds caused by indecision and fear eventually overflows and becomes a dispersal of creative thought that wastes good ideas and motivations in solid artistic directions.
Challenging artistic creations that have a daring edge to them can sometimes shock us and cause us to hesitate from bringing them to completion. Fear of transmitting this shocking effect to others and the way we imagine their resultant opinions about our new ideas, which could be our best work is another form of artistic indecision, which stems from the fear of hurting or offending others with ideas, manners, or through the violation of a societal norm.
Decision opens our mental valves to allow the flow of creativity to fill our works of art. To maintain a steady flow of creative energy you’ll have to constantly be making decisions that will help you progress through each project.
Little decisions can be made almost instantaneously, while big decisions will have to be carefully formed over a period of time. For the sake of actually achieving your artistic vision, postponing the project may be a valid option to prevent a big decision from being made hastily since this can bring everything we’ve worked on to ruin.
In music, decisions must be made regarding the shape of a melodic line, the number of instruments to be used, and the arrangement of the parts. In cooking, the decisions will focus on the type of ingredients, their proportions, and the visual presentation. In illustration, the colors, type of paper, and subject will have to be decided upon before and during the entire process until the project is complete. In every creative field, the artist or designer must be able to operate by making a consistent stream of decisions without end or hesitation.
Openness of Mind
A cloud of unknowing can be filled with innumerable factors related to the realization of our artistic vision, such as doubt and fear, which can prevent a decision from getting made. This is why a Zen-like attitude about creative work must be cultivated in every one of us, so as to keep our artistic energy in a constant state of flow.
Living itself can have an artistic quality to it if the person doing it approaches life with a signature, personalized style.
With an openness of mind that doesn’t attempt to regulate the flow of artistic energy, it becomes easier to assess all the factors which must be considered for inclusion or removal from any one of our works.
A mindset that doesn’t take into account the critical opinions of others finds that it is much smoother to sift through the elements of a piece so that they coalesce naturally into the artistic structure we were seeking or not seeking, but surprised us by evolving out of the process.
The more the decision-making process takes on the characteristic of a smooth flowing stream of artistic expression unregulated by social conventions, the doubt and fear will dissipate and the power of choice will operate naturally and with ease.
When the artist is able to assume an openness of mind the speed of artistic creation will accelerate and bring them quickly to the completion of every project. The fulfillment of your creative vision will simply flow and always be readily available.
So when the final pieces of a creative puzzle fall into place, and what was once a cloud of uncertainty encircling you, dissipates, and solidifies into a tangible product, the flow of living energy from you will slow and once again return to a restful state. From this point of rest you will be free to refresh yourself in other activities or begin again to follow the course of new art work.