Ideas – Day 9

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 9 of the 365 Days Project is by Irene Cole.]

Abstract Painting - Amoeba - by Irene Cole
“Amoeba” by Irene Cole. ©Irene Cole. Photo courtesy of the artist.

It is tempting to share a wild and juicy idea before it has a chance to take root. Placing a brand-new vision in a box and presenting it too soon can take the life out of it.

#9 – Ideas need time to develop before they are ready for the world.

I rarely discuss new ideas right away. I acknowledge them and give them room. Sharing them too soon sets them up for rejection. This is especially true if I present a fledgling idea to an audience grounded in structure and rules. They often cannot imagine the vision as I see it. They want facts and figures and proof.

A new idea is a starting point; it arrives as a hint and expands as I work on it. Once I pull it down into the real world, it shifts and changes and the result can be quite different from what I had envisioned. Thankfully, it’s often much better. So I’ve learned to sit with an idea before even verbalizing it so it can become what it’s meant to be.

“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.”
Pablo Picasso

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Abstract Painting - Monotype - by Irene Cole
“Monotype 1/2” by Irene Cole. © Irene Cole. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Irene Cole’s portfolio can be viewed on her website: Irene Cole

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Descriptions of the images included in this post:

Irene Cole, Vermont, USA
Acrylic on canvas

Monotype 1/2
Irene Cole, Vermont, USA
Oil on paper

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