Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp

In Twyla Tharp's The Creative Habit, Learned And Use It For Life, she compares scratching lottery ticket to beginning her piece. She uses these analogies and references to draw the viewer in and show them how art can be related to many different things that we see everyday. The messages is that artwork comes in many forms. Whether you are four-star Manhattan chef, an architect, or a phone director, art is used in life every day regardless whether it's intentional. The use of comparison is important, comparing big ideas and little ideas allows the viewers to see the difference between good and bad. She says that the little ideas of the most important because when you have to scratch and find a little ideas, the big ideas will come up and then lead a foundation for your work. Improvising plays a big role in art just like scratching, you need to be on your feet and make sure to take risks and see what works. If it's not visually appealing, this process can be repeated until it is successful. Simple things like everyday conversation can be used to enhance your piece and generate new ideas to use towards future projects. Overall Tharp says that reading, conversation, environment, culture, heroes, mentors, nature are all lottery tickets for creativity if you scratch them you'll see how big of a prize you one. Tharp states to never scratch twice in the same place, this will just be repetition and not add new creativity to the piece. Another important part is to not over plan.  This can lead to confusion. Having cohesive plan is necessary to make an efficient and productive piece. 

Why is overplanning a negative?

Is art too complex to understand its true meaning?

Do all these methods to be creative interfere with the motive and strategy behind creating a visually stunning and cohesive piece?

Additional points:
Tharp says scratching is the method one has to do in order to find smaller ideas that will lead to a piece. When Tharp says to experiment, I feel that this is the most important lesson. Trying new ideas is important and taking risks can often pay off. 
Ms. Tharp also gives several warnings. Which of these warnings do you think could apply to you and how you can you see using her advice to combat them?
The most important part of advice is not to over plan. This can derail one from their project and cause confusion when creating their piece.

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