If life were Photoshop
I've been trying to design a publication the whole day, and I recall over and over in my head what Picasso once said: "Inspiration exists when it finds you working."
|Photo from Moillusions. Source: http://bit.ly/lZiM5z|
Inspiration is at the very least an emotion that prepares one to create. Rocky emotions blended in artistic zeal have not only tainted otherwise bright palettes applied on canvas, but have driven artistic geniuses to go all loony that some took their own lives. No need to repeat the famous "Vincent" story.
Now, we don't want that here. First, I'm not an artistic genius. And, well, it's just another publication. And this post isn't about me:
One of the most inspiring stories on art I've ever heard is about the great Michelangelo, whom critics and scholars throughout history have judged to have had a dark and gloomy approach to his work on the Sistine Chapel.
After 400 years, the Vatican and art organizations started a sweeping campaign to sweep the Chapel and rid centuries-old soot off its ceilings and pillars. They discovered the maestro did use bright, lively colors for the world famous scenes, and not dismal and drab shades like people have come to believe for hundreds of years. (Read more about the historic Sistine restoration.)
They suddenly began saying Michelangelo did see the Gospel as carrying the messages of hope and faith and love. He saw in these scenes brightness and joy and exalted God for his creation. Oh what a contrast with how they judged his intentions before.
It is amazing what art tools can do. They can either create beauty emanating from inside, or they can lead someone to a foreboding demise. That is because too many times artists have let their emotions take the better of them. And so the fallacy of the century is to blame it all on art and the pressure to create, when the tricks are plain simple:
"Remember your first love—how much you enjoyed creating as a child. If you ever lose that sense of joy, you will need to reflect on why you lost that spark. Of course, the craft of expression takes much “dying to self” and much discipline." --Makoto Fujimura's letter to young artists
"Not all are called to be artists in the specific sense of the term. Yet, as Genesis has it, all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: in a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece." --Pope John Paul II's Letter to Artists
"Take your work seriously, take the business of your craft seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously. People who do are laughed at." --#The50 Things Every Creative Should Know