The Creative Process: Just Do It

Over the past few months I’ve been reading a lot about developing creativity. I’ve been inspired by those who make great books, photos, videos, and talks, and have wanted to stretch and grow my creativity, particularly in the area of graphic design.

One of the big obstacles to my growth has been my perfectionism, I hate making crap. I feel like my reputation is on the line with each work I produce.

I went to Rob Bell’s “Drops Like Stars” talk a couple months ago, where he quoted David Bayles & Ted Orland (Art & Fear):

“One of the difficult lessons every artist must learn is that even the failed pieces are essential.”

Though I hate “failed pieces,” I’ve been trying to make more of them (this blog being one of my efforts).

To that end, I finally printed and hung this piece, “Better Together,” on our wall. I don’t think it’s finished yet (my wife thinks it’s not finished just because it needs a frame), but it felt good to see my ideas printed on paper.

Better Together

This post isn’t an attempt to fish for compliments to boost my creative ego. I’m letting you into my journey of creativity, asking you, “What piece of art do you need to hang on the wall?”

Let’s be creative.

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  1. Looks good Brent! Reminds of your wedding. That was a good party! Good wine as well! :)

    Besides that it is good thing to just start doing things although it isn’t perfect yet. I’ve got to do that more often as well.

  2. Hey Brent! Two things:

    1. That’s an amazing piece of art!

    2. Do you happen to know who invented the basketball???? He was an American, I’m sure, but who?

  3. hey Jeremy!

    1. Basketball is an amazing sport, therefore…

    2. It must have been invented by an American, because all good things come from America. ;-)

  4. Great post. Damnit I have to print something now! thanks for the challenge.

  5. hey Meine, thanks for stopping by! Still glad you could join us for the wedding, and enjoy the wine! You still learning to speed-read?

    Ted, you hung your creativity and your soul on the wall during class all week, well done!

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