I was going to let the poll I ran last until this Wednesday, but I feel I’ve given it sufficient time. The obvious winner for my Monday slot is Mixed-Media Monday. Mixed-Media Monday is meant for me to introduce other bits of media that inspire. I want to also try to explore a bit why they inspire me as well. I’ll be all over the place with this one, from art music, to something I see while exploring. Nothing will be off limits, but I will always try to provide the context to the inspiration and elaborate as much as I’m able.
I’m dedicating my first post to an artist that has a special place in my mind: Salvador Dali. I knew of a handful of Dali’s works before my vacation in Florida a few months ago. There is, of course, the melting clock painting that everybody knows called “The Persistence of Time”
Photo Credit: Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Time
But I knew there was more to this man whose creativity seems on an entirely different level. That’s what I want to focus on with Dali. Creativity is important in all crafts, and I can see where its lacking in my own work.
On my vacation to Florida I had the chance to go to the Salvador Dali museum in St. Petersberg (it’s the largest collection of his works in the States.) There I came face-to-face with Dali’s seeming inexhaustible creative ability.
La Main by Salvador – Dali
Costume for Tristan Insane – Dali
Geopolitical Child Watching the Birth of the New Man – Dali
Sure, one could raise a point about the drug induced state of mind that was a part of some of these works (I’m guessing based on hearsay). But none of that should lessen Dali’s sheer creative talent. He plays with perspective in a way that I feel is masterful (I don’t know much about art so feel free to guide me here and help me learn a thing or two). Then the worlds he imagines are breath-taking. I know that part of the landscape was inspired by where he was living at the time in Spain (I think) but everything his creativity is unyielding and unapologetic.
Then I think about my own craft in comparison. Of course comparing an amateur writer to a professional painter is probably silly, but I’ll do it anyway. I’ve a small body of works and through them it’s apparent that I’m not very creative. To be fair for myself and others who write in the genre, it’s hard to write general fiction without branching into one of the genre fictions. But I feel there has to be a way.
And maybe that’s the big take away here. Maybe I’m placing limits on myself for some notion I’ve had of genres and what they’re supposed to be. It would give me more freedom and ability to play around with the worlds and characters I imagine to dismiss these predetermined concepts. Through doing this though, I have to remember to stay character-centric, so that I can take creative liberties and still produce a solid work.