The Art of Letting Go
by Charles Ghigna
The creative process begins when the artist forgets himself and becomes the work. That is when the magic happens. It is an integral part of every artistic form of creation; theatre, music, dance, writing and art.
My son, Chip Ghigna, is an artist. He paints pictures with paint. I am a writer. I paint pictures with words. My wife, Debra, was a dancer. She painted pictures with movement. The three of us discovered early on that to create our best work we must first be true to ourselves — and to our art. We learned the art of letting go, to let go of ego and let the painting, the poem, the dance take hold of us.
In his poem “Among School Children,” William Butler Yeats wrote about how the dancer becomes the dance by asking the rhetorical question “How can we know the dancer from the dance?” When the dance is true, the dancer and the dance are one. We see the artist in the painting, the poet in the poem, the dancer in the dance.
The creative process teaches us the art of letting go. It teaches us to let go inside, to follow our natural instincts and trust our sense of wonder. It teaches us to savor the joy of each new discovery and to celebrate with all our might. It teaches us how to identify the creative force that stirs within us, how to nurture it like a child, and how to finally let it go so that it may take on a life of its own.
The artist learns that he is not in search of something greater than himself. He learns that he is a part of the search. He learns that following the search within and letting it go, so that it can communicate with others through images, words, music or dance, is the greatest gift he can give to the world -- and to himself.
The Magic of Making Art
Make Art Because You Love To
Make art because you want to, need to, have to!
Paint What You Feel, Not Want You Think
Good art is intuitive. Feel it. Follow the feeling.
Creation Does Not Come From the Outside In
Art comes from the inside out. It is already in you. Let it out.
Paint Fast and Fearlessly
Your brush is an extension of you. Use your whole body, not just your arm and wrist.
Forget the Color Wheel
There are no primary or secondary colors. There is only color. Make your own.
Put the Critics on Mute
Art is a silent visual song. Turn off the chatter. Listen to your own music.
Good Art Takes Time
Take time to make good art.