Hi again, and welcome to another opportunity to connect with the Creator through the beauty of art, craft and creation. This time we’re going to be talking about those times when creating becomes complicated. I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s so many things we can “think” we need to be doing when it comes to art and creating. Our access to resources and equipment has never been greater, but at its core, is that what creating is all about?
Isn’t the act of creating supposed to be a joyful and rewarding experience? Pleasurable even? One definition says that creating is “to bring something into existence”, and if you ask me, that sounds like a really awesome experience! Lately, I’ve been reflecting on how far I’ve moved away from these core truths. Now when I create, I take so much into consideration that it can get complicated fairly quickly… and complication is not something I’d call pleasurable, joyful or rewarding. I’m beginning to wonder if it’s all really necessary.
We had the Tully Show this last weekend and I had fantastic opportunity to soak up the creative work we have in my community. It was such a simple but deeply moving experience, I’d sum it up like this:
- See creative work
- Love creative work
- Ponder creative work
Isn’t this what we’re ultimately seeking as artists? For others to see our work, to love our work, to have our work mean something to someone else and then have them come back for more? This right here is what I’d call a pleasurable, joyful and rewarding experience as a creator.
In Revelations 4:11 it says, “For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.” So I’m going to paraphrase, Revelations says that the Creator created things and they exist because He created what He pleased. This sounds fairly simple to me. If we want to create (bring things into existence) we need to create what pleases us.
Complication isn’t pleasing! Full stop!
Complication isn’t pleasing… it’s complicated. And complicated can mean all sorts of things. Let’s go to the good old dictionary again to see what complicated really means. It says that complicated is “containing intricately combined or involved parts, something that’s not easy to understand or analyse because of being intricate.” This is exactly what my act of creating was becoming – a full on complicated experience. The more full on it becomes the less pleasurable it is.
Does this sound like you as well? Friend, we need to heed what the Creator is telling us here. He is the Master of bringing things into existence (creating) and He tells us that His creations only exist because He created what He pleased. If our experience of creating has become something that makes it difficult for us to create what pleases us, we need to let go of whatever it is that has gotten in the away. For me… it’s complication. It’s about getting back to creation that’s joyful, rewarding and pleasurable. What about you?
Tomorrow night I’m going to share in greater detail what this “letting go” has meant for me. In the meantime though, let me tell you a little secret… if you want the heads up on things before the rest of the world, if you’re after the latest news, shop discounts and a freebie or two, you’ve gotta sign up to my email list. It’s the monthly email you don’t want to miss. Fill your details in below and the Connect with Chrissie email will be on its way.
Until we meet again, connect with the Creator, let Him inspire you. His magnificence and beauty is everywhere, even in art and craft.