I’ve been dealing with creative arts, jewelry making and writing for many years and I can safely say that designing, painting, sculpting and writing have led me to discover inner truths about myself that I would never be able to discover otherwise. I think one of the errors that many people make is to assume that the arts belong to geniuses and that if you do not have exceptional talents you cannot indulge in designing, writing or playing music.
In actuality, you do not have to be a Mozart to enjoy music or a Rembrandt to paint. You can experience the joy of creativity according to your own skills and in the process, reach important inner revelations.
Understanding the Various Arts
Where do you start? For me, the first stage is always research. I think even amateur artists should respect the art form they want to explore and take some time to learn about its history and important techniques. While it is true that you can always buy a beginners manual and start working without knowing much about the history of art, you will get a much better feel of what you are doing, if you fully explore the history.
It also helps to read about famous artists and designers, their trials and tribulations and how they came up with their own ideas. The wider your understanding is, the easier will it be for you to use the arts as a medium for self exploration and understanding.
Exploring the Various Arts
Each one of you will find his own way through various art creations. Personally, I find that writing is an art that helps me to discover unexpected things about myself, while designing and painting help me to give form to ideas that I have and do wonders to improve my self confidence and sense of tranquility.
One of my favorite forms of self exploration is automatic writing. Automatic writing was invented by the French surrealists. In automatic writing, you basically write the first thing that pops into your mind and you do not stop, even for a second, letting your thoughts and writing flow together continuously. The results often provide you wit surprising self revelations. Some of the ideas that pop up in automatic writing can be used for sculpting, painting and designing, allowing you a complete process of self exploration through the various arts. Like everything else, automatic writing improves the more you practice it. Keep at it for a few months until you feel you have reached a level where your writing and your thoughts are completely in sync.
Featured Image: CC Attribution artwork by Spyros Thalassinos – source
Article by Doron Heifetz
Doron Heifetz is a jeweler and creative arts expert, owner of a name necklaces website and a film and literature buff.