Paul did me the great compliment of sending me this piece before it went public, to ask what I thought.
My resopnse: “I think you need to tell me when it goes live, so I can tell everyone I know.”
So, here we go: Five Important Acts For Unlocking Your Creativity.
Form Artist Relationships
The mental image you have of artistic genius as flowing from an individual wellspring of inspiration is false, or at least incomplete. Something I knew about vaguely but hadn’t thought much about until recently […] was how artists in different creative mediums – writers, painters, sculptors, photographers – mixed socially and activated each other creatively in the art scene in Paris in the 20’s and 30’s. And then I went way down the rabbit hole reading about it. Paul Eluard, Man Ray, Picasso, Hemingway, Anaïs Nin, Henry Miller, and on and on. Eluard writes poems to his second wife Nusch, and Man Ray photographs her and they publish a book that’s the result of the three of them activating the artistry in each other.
[…] in the social media age [this is] actually painfully hard to find. It shouldn’t be. You can find it across creative mediums, not just with artists in your chosen creative medium. And artists are starving for it.
There isn’t a point he makes that I can’t see some real value in, and I urge you to check it out.