“When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.” – Linda Naiman
As a creative I have found myself many times in that place where a job is staring at me and I have no idea how to start it. I have learned through the years that the only way to start creating is simply by… well, starting. Sketch, research, copy (not necessarily in that order) are good starting points. Copy, you say? Yes! Emulate, try and recreate stuff you like.
If you are a creative of any kind you know that art, creativeness can come from others’ creations, that to see, copy and emulate what you like is a big part of being an artist. From there you move on to make it your own (hopefully). As part of this process, and sometimes while casually minding your own business, and if you are very very lucky,* you might find a “something” that will stop you in your tracks and will make you “get it” again, the inspiration or impulse to create.
I was lucky* to find such a gem in my friend’s father’s work.
A business man for most of his life, he returned to his passion for sculpture after a life altering experience. He obviously found his muse or it found him because what came out of his process is just simply glorious.
The monumental, “All Together Now” is a majestic sculpture that took me back to my Pratt years, to the time when my eyes were naked and I could see without all the labels I inevitably started to collect along my career. I was taken aback by it’s rhythm, how organic it is to follow the bodies that create such a malleable looking mass. Basically, I fell in love. In love like I used to fall in love with new ideas. This IS a new idea. It is Frederick Gelb’s child that is born from the dormant giant that is his art, now thankfully, back to being wide awake.
Funny thing is that this love is long distance too! The 12 footer, which was inspired by the famous Beatles’ song, is dancing in the town of Emeryville, California. I’m hoping a new piece finds a home near me soon.
I am grateful for the teachers, the many that like Frederick Gelb find themselves through art at whatever stage in their lives. To me, it brings more than inspiration, it brings hope. It is clarity that, even though sometimes is hard to see, there is balance, there is beauty.
So I tell myself: “Just start and trust”. A visit to the museum, to the local store, library, to the park… drawing. You get what I am saying. Go find the Gelbs and then go and do your thing.