Learning to actually SEE is vital to becoming an artist and a writer. Actual SEEING is complex and requires more than opening your eyes and fixing on something. That is the way that a dog or a cat looks. Seeing is much more. In order to see, we must recognize the spirit of a thing, as well as its physical characteristics. When we see, we capture the essence of the subject. As authentic artists and writers, we must be able to actually SEE, and much of that involves learning to BE in the moment about which we wish to create.
Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth. – Pablo Picasso
In our efforts to survive in the 21st Century, most of us have become inundated with text messaging, social media, television, surfing of the net, videos, music, whipping in and out of traffic, multitasking, etc.; and it is very, very difficult to keep ourselves focused on anything than the perphery of things. If we do not truly SEE something and FEEL about that something, we cannot possibly have anything authentic to say about it. The best that we can possibly do otherwise is to merely offer something hackneyed and or something that someone else has said or done before.
Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Having a background in visual art helps me to See better as a writer, and it helps me to describe what I am seeing. When I begin to write, I close my eyes and I concentrate on something about which I want to write. When I see the thing, in my mind’s eye, I merely write the words that describe what my mind sees. This is a very visual kind of seeing–a physical thing. After that, I begin to mine what I have seen, seeking something deeper–something more spiritual, too.
You can put your mind in order by focusing on one thing at a time, doing it well, and appreciating the opportunity that this doing offers. – Anonymous
A few days ago, I shared some poems that I had written from the Present Perspective of BEING in the Moment. I wrote all of those poems after I saw them in my mind. See those poems Here.
When a person is able to create from a place that is deep within himself, he has reached a space that, in the Eastern culture, is called the Soul.
Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, said the following in the book Handbook for the Soul: “I think that whenever soul is present. . . .You are totally absorbed in the place or person or event, without ego and without judgment. You are in what the Greeks call kairos. When you are in kairos time, you are totally absorbed in what you are doing; you lose track of time. . . .Time is not measured. You are participating in time as you make a connection through the deeper, creative parts of yourself. And the connection nourishes the soul, always.:” (p. 5.
Multi-tasking and other half-hearted mindsets are not conducive to one’s creating from the moment.
“Forget multitasking, find the beauty in doing one thing at a time.” – Anonymous
“If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.” – Anonymous
The arts demand all of us, but when something of merit evolves from one’s ability to focus, we realize that the attention required to get into the moment was worthwhile.
©Jacki Kellum January 4, 2016