Feeling vs. Thinking

I find so often I go straight in to my mind when I’m encountered with new visual work, art, film, objects. My brain begins analyzing looking for references to make comparisons. It begins trying to define what this is by what it is not and by what it is like. I realize though there is often a lot to be understood from context, one can also become blinded to the direct experience of what is right in front of you if you intellectualize everything. You might miss it. What’s missing I’m realizing is feeling. Instead of going straight to the…

Creativity & Perfectionism

I recently picked up Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “BIG MAGIC: Creative Living Beyond Fear”. I had started reading it some time ago and had left off precisely on the chapter titled, Fear in High Heels. She talks about the dangers of perfectionism – a topic that comes up time and again in my conversations with one of my closest friends, a fellow creative individual (artist/photographer), about creative work. In our society in general I believe we often praise and even take a certain amount of pride in our suffering with this condition like it’s some sort of privileged club. And I…