Part of creating art is listening to it and letting it guide you. That’s not always an easy task. Many artists have definite set-in-stone ideas about where they are, should go, how they and their art should look, sound, feel, etc. By imposing their ego on their art, they often get in the way of the true expression and their innate ability to create.
Brendan O’Connell is a perfect example of an artist who allowed his art to guide him. Brendan set out to be a novelist. That was his dream and that was where he saw himself headed. He was writing a story in which a character taught himself to paint. Brendan thought it would be interesting to personally experience that process so that he could more accurately capture it in his writing, so he decided to teach himself to paint. And that decision made all of the difference. From that point on his art set the direction and Brendan followed. Not every artist would have heard, listened or taken heed. Brendan is now a renowned fine artist who was recently profiled in the New Yorker, is appearing on The Colbert Report this evening and will soon be featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in People magazine.
His talent and creativity is what drives his work, but his ability to listen to his art and let it serve as a beacon, led him to his current incarnation as a painter. Then again, the novelist could resurface down the line.
This doesn’t mean that following your muse will automatically lead you too to the Colbert Report, but, hey, you never know. Bottom line is – it will lead you.
Copyright © Anthony Mora 2013