Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Iceberg of Creativity

The last few weeks have been behind-the-scenes kind of busy:

- music planning for Holy Week
- cowriting a new Easter song with Gerald
- writing a new psalm setting for each Sunday in Lent
- booking for upcoming tours
- planning this weekend's events in Collingwood
- strategy planning for the future of Infinitely More

It all sounds powerful and creative when I write it out, but the truth is, some days it just feels like a lot of work. I look at this list, and I can see all the little details between the lines.

Then I found this photo on Facebook today:

And it captured what I was thinking far easier than I could ever say it.

I think every artist gets this image...

The performance is tight, but the audience never sees the hours that went into polishing those harmonies.

The painting looks great, but the viewer never sees the canvases that didn't make it out of the studio.

The song is moving, but the listener never hears the 38 words that rhymed with "love" that never made the cut.

And I think, ultimately, that's a good thing. As artists, we know what it takes to make art, and the selfish part of us wants everyone to know - "Hey, this is hard! This takes work! I did a LOT to make this happen!!"

But the generous part of us never wants the audience to think about that. Instead, we want you to hear the message, feel the emotion, and be transformed by the art we're sharing with you.

It's not about having other people fully get all that goes into making the art. 
We know. 
Other artists know. 
God knows. 
That should be enough.

The true joy comes in the making, and the giving.

So let's share our art, and the next day, we'll dive in the water, and build up that iceberg all over again...


Anonymous said...

Wonderful analogy!


Anonymous said...

Wonderful analogy!


Allison Lynn said...



Anonymous said...

Wow that image captures it. I love how you expressed yourself in this post, you have great rhythm in your writing style. Enjoy and savor every project detail.

Allison Lynn said...

Thanks, Kathryn! I appreciate the encouragement, both in the writing, and in loving the details :)