Sunday, March 1, 2009

I Paint (and Write) to Remember

When I’m going grocery shopping, I write down everything and if I think of something additional I have to write it too – as soon as I hear myself say “I’ll remember that…” I know that I won’t.

When I’m feeling inspired, while painting, listening to music or going about the day with the kids, I often get the urge to write something down – I get ideas and messages that I know belong in writing so that they can later be realized in paint – frequently I tell myself “I’ll remember that… when I get to the studio” but I probably won’t.

When I’m hanging with the kids and they do or say something funny or crazy or sweet, I know I should write it down - I hear myself say “I’ll remember that… when I’m writing in his journal”. I know I don’t.

I used to think that the urge to write things down meant I had a bad memory. Now I think I’m realizing that creative people get ideas – we get inspirations, we dream up compositions and techniques in the middle of the night, we come across moments that we find amazing because we are creative and open to the possibility of amazement.

Writing (then painting) structures, saves, morphs and improves upon our creative bursts. Without writing, phenomenal ideas are lost – creative compositions and products will never exist. (I think one of the keys is having a central location to write them down.)
I paint to remember, then I tell myself that writing is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness – and I WILL remember that!

image: Go Where I Go, 8x8 painting #9 of 85

1 comment:

  1. I could have written this post!! If it doesn't go into my notebook, I forget!:D


Thank you for your comment!
Katie m. Berggren