WOW moments for artists:
I was listening to a podcast by Darren Rowse (from ProBlogger) who was talking about light-bulb moment experiences, and that got me thinking about artists and how they are affected by WOW moments too.
The Aaah-Aaah moment of discovery:
Often we have known of a certain principle or theory for a long time, and thought “Oh I know all about that!” Then suddenly one day you hit on how important and fantastic the concept really is. Just something about the concept just ‘jumped out at you.’
It seems to have a greater meaning for you personally. It’s such a Wow -moment that you want to go out and tell everyone. Oooh, but they’re still in the `impassive mode’ you had been in, that they look at you blankly, much to so say, “What’s so significant about that” look on their faces.
Considering that people absorb and learn things differently, sometimes when something is expressed in different words, the concept becomes clearer, has a different connotation to it. You see it from a different angle… That’s the moment you whole life seems to come alive with new expectations. You can’t wait to try it out for yourself.
When teaching new art students, they don’t always understand the things you tell them. It all goes over their heads… as they continue doing their thing. It’s only when they have experienced something, that a WOW -moment occurs, and then they get really excited.
In fact: Wow -moments actually are fundamental aspects of art.
Why Wow -moments are important to artistic creativity!
- Wow -moments stir artists’ imagination. Without imagination you can’t create fantastic masterpieces.
- When expectant things occurs while painting, you need inspiration on how to fix the problem or how to run with what’s happening on your ‘canvas’.
- An artist, who doesn’t experiment with new concepts, theories and techniques, doesn’t grow as an artist. Working in a rut, is to stagnate and turnout boring stuff, day after day!
- Artists need Wow -moments, if they are going to WOW people who view their art.
- Wow-moments enable you to see the inner beauty of a scene, so that you can give your painting more impact and Oomph!
WOW-moments often occur when:
- You have a problem to solve.
- When thinking about what you have heard or read somewhere.
- Doing research and `reading between the lines’.
- Immersing one’s self in the concept you’re researching.
- Gathering more info on your topic you are researching.
- Happens when taking down notes, making lists, drawing diagrams, summarizing facts, etc, making it possible for the bare facts to stare you in the face, trigger off a light-bulb concept.
- Sometimes you need to ask yourself `silly’ way-out questions and letting your sub-conscious takeover. Looking at the problem from a different angle helps to see beyond the norm.
- When you weed-out the rubbish that doesn’t apply to the circumstances or fit the equation, you are able to adjust or shift the concept into its rightful slot.
When the WOW -moment actually occurs:
It injects into your mind such powerful suggestions, that it blows you mind.
Often there is a flooding and swirling of ideas around in your mind, that you feel you can’t catch it all in a `net’, all at once. You fear you may forget something in the process of trying to contain and remember it all!
Have you ever had that experience?
And also, scared someone may come by just at that moment and interrupt your digesting of those new vibrations of thought and cause them to vanish completely (like a puff of smoke) before you’re able to fix them in your mind or record them fast enough on paper?
Have you ever had that experience?
So now you have these exciting new concepts of thought, what are you are to do about them?
The concept of what you have just learnt is a new tool in your hands.
- Try them out, experiment with them?
- Re-organize them to suit your project?
- Have you the courage to use them?
- Has anyone else thought of it?
- Can you employ and exploit it?
- What will people think? As long as it improves your skills and the quality of your art, then do you care what people think?
So why do some people not have WOW -moments?
- Obviously they don’t take time out to dream a little, think more deeply about things or investigate a concept that intrigues them.
- Or they think brainstorming is a waste of time.
Let me tell you, all the great inventors did it. Michelangelo did it. And so did Leonardo da Vinci do it!
So, if you want to be a great artist, you can do it too! It’s the power behind creativity!
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