The creative process
The entire creative process, whether it be art, photography, music or any other form didn't begin with me until I had surrendered my way and will. Some of the best advice I ever received was when I had reach a point of despair, and someone said to me, “Why don't you try letting life happen instead of making life happen.” I was able to try that then as I had nothing to lose and up to that point, fear of letting go was in the way. And I found life along with living with myself to be acceptable after ceasing fighting everything and everybody.
Still to this day, I can be my own worst enemy, as all blocks to any creative success or any area of my life have been myself. My old ways of thinking creeps up, the ego, and “I” get in the way.
By surrendering my self and my ways, the door was opened, desire is born, and life begins anew with creativity. The painters canvas starts with a blank canvas, just like a photographer starts with a fresh roll of film, or flash card these days, and I reached that point.
So now I begin each day I try to employ these principles. By not creating a personal agenda, I have free creative space. And a clean palette for the day doesn't relieve me from responsibilities, instead it frees me up to meet them. I find the most important asset of the entire creative process is being available. I need to be available to receive, and to stay out of the way. Instead of making it happen, let it happen. And it has been working for me, and I am thankful.
I am the author of Rybird.com and Dabblebird.com and am from Shreveport, Louisiana.