Arts Awareness Monthly E-Newsletter | April 2015
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Artists work in a flexible, fluid environment. It is an internal setting that is vulnerable to the process of openness and trust. When you begin a painting, sculpture, musical composition, or performance, there is potential for that artistic expression to develop into something. There is a constant and recurring transfer from potential to kinetic energy throughout the creation of the work, both within the artist and in the work of art itself. 

Potential energy is motion waiting to happen. Even the smallest moves can set in motion magnificently creative end results. The work is constantly transformed throughout the process. Sometimes the changes that take place during the creative process are sudden, but most often they happen over time. 

Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
~Elliot W. Eisner

It’s spring—the time of year that holds the promise and potential of new beginnings. As we see the world emerge from the winter months, the same power of possibility the artist senses in beginning a new work seems possible in everything we do. This is a time when we are often more willing to welcome the twisting and turning pathways in our lives. The potential is much like the artistic process that can set things in motion. If we pay attention, we can even sense it in our personal and work environments—the resolution of significant personal stress or major transformational evolution in communities, organizations, and institutions. 
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.
~ R. Buckminster Fuller

Change is a process. When it happens, it can range from something you don’t even notice to something that’s somewhat annoying to a painful life-changing event. Each of these moments has potential. You can set in motion creative end results by the choices you make as the changes unfold. Just like the artist—
  • the twisting and turning pathways are essential to discovering the potential of what is possible.
  • the creative tension can at times feel overwhelming, but sitting in that uncertainty or discomfort can create the energy to move forward. 
  • you can use the wisdom you gain in the process to impact the lives of others in a positive way. 
In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Give yourself permission to risk, including the possibility of failure. The power of possibility can take you to places you had never imagined. If you feel you’re at a standstill, look at another solution, and yet another if necessary, until the way becomes clear. Use the movement from potential to kinetic energy to take you forward. Artists don’t drown in the changes that take place as their work takes shape. They recognize it, challenge it, move with it, and see the potential unfold. 

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  • Listen to these compositions. They each give an impression of spring and a unique sense of the season.

    Spring Song by Sibelius—Sir Charles Groves conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland and a portion of the ballet version choreographed by Martha Graham. The story told in the ballet is a spring celebration of the American pioneers of the 19th century after building a new Pennsylvania farmhouse. 

    Carl Orff - Carmina Burana - Primo Vere, No 5 - Ecce Gratum  “The merry face of spring turns to the world, sharp winter now flees, vanquished; bedecked in various colors Flora reigns, the harmony of the woods praises her in song. Ah! Lying in Flora’s lap Phoebus once more smiles, now covered in many-colored flowers, Zephyr breathes nectar scented breezes. Let us rush to compete for love’s prize. Ah! In harp-like tones sings the sweet nightingale, with many flowers the joyous meadows are laughing, a flock of birds rises up through the pleasant forests, the chorus of maidens already promises a thousand joys. Ah.”
  • Primavera—With the return of spring, sunshine and new growth, this famous painting by Sandro Botticelli is a popular representation of the season of change. This video of the painting is accompanied by an interpretative discussion of the meaning. 
  • Explore the website for Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is a highly innovative, indoor rainforest environment featuring the largest butterfly pavilion in America. See images and read about the magnificent, lush rainforest environment where thousands of butterflies from around the world fly freely, alighting on fragrant flowering plants and, quite possibly, on a friendly visitor’s shoulder or finger. 
The only way to make sense out of change is to 
plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

~ Alan Watts
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About the Arts Awareness Newsletter:

This newsletter is meant to spark ideas and develop a deeper understanding of artistic processes and their use in leadership, everyday life, and work. Content, which comes from personal experiences and a variety of sources, is based on the Arts Awareness concepts developed by Patricia Hoy. Questions? Comments? Contact Patricia at or 901-229-1955, N. 93rd Way, Scottsdale, AZ.

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