When you create art, do you set out to make something specific, or is where the piece ends up a surprise each and every time? Your answer to this question will no doubt be influenced by many factors, including your chosen art form, creative process, and even your personality.
Creativity can seem mysterious. If you ask 10 artists to describe their creative processes, you are likely to hear 10 different responses. In general, creative people can be divided into two broad categories: artists whose creative output is the result of rigorous planning and foresight, and artists who create from intuition and spontaneity. Both groups are creative, but they approach are making from a different perspective.
Much of my love for mixed media comes from the fact that I believe it naturally lends itself to a more intuitive approach. I rarely start a new work with any idea of what it might look like when it's completed. For me, that would be frustrating, as part of the pleasure of working in mixd media is the unexpected twists and turns that a piece takes along the way.
And how about you? Do you create through planning, intuition or both?
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