Creative rambling

I feel as though every time I’m blogging here, I have to apologise for not blogging here sooner. Or more regularly. I shouldn’t feel like this though because this platform (as big as its gotten in my head) is only a very tiny space on the vast internet so I’m only writing to a a very minuscule set of people. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate the audience I’ve built up, though. Anyway…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about art, creativity and new media. Is art only “art” when someone else sees it? Is it an intangible thing unless it’s seen by eyes other than your own? Is an artwork a conversation between the artist and the audience?
Is creativity as we see it a finite resource? Can you “run out” of creativity? Can you hone your creativity? What do you have to do to keep inspiration flowing?
These are the kinds of questions that I mull over because, if creativity really is finite and needs to be continuously honed and sharpened, what happens if I run out of creativity? What happens if I don’t create for a long time? Do I cease to be creative?

Is the creative process linear? As in A -> B, where B is creativity? Or can you have non-linear creativity? As in, A -> B, where B is two different outcomes. Is creativity cyclical? What does this creative process look like? Are there certain things you can do to become more creative; to increase and hone your creativity?  If you do X, Y, Z, are you creative?

My own “creative process” (even though I don’t know if this process is linear, non-linear or even cyclical), I write down ideas in a Moleskine notebook and make a mind map of all the different things I could do with this idea (if you want me to write a more in-depth post about my creative process, just say); I gather images and references from the internet and magazines and make a moodboard. After this, I make a list of the key images I want to capture and look at how I want the model to look (makeup, clothes etc). I think organise an MUA and an assistant as needed and I’m ready to shoot.

How are you creative? Do you think creativity can be sharpened?

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Malta 2013

During February, I attended a “creative retreat” in Malta with my friend Kate, her husband and six other artists or “creatives” as Kate liked to call them! While we were there, we had forums on our own work, where we presented the work we had done during the day (each day we were given a word to concentrate on and make art about); visits from local artists and we worked on making the art we had made into a book. The book is finished and hopefully going to be available through Blurb soon!

Now, the photos!

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I probably don’t need to tell you that: All images are copyright Aisling Keavey, all right reserved. Photos can only be used with written permission.

Have you ever been to Malta? What did you think?

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Tuesday post series #1: videos I’ve loved

I have no words to describe how incredible this video is. It’s shot on DSLRs and it’s about how creative people make work and how the creative industries are working today. It’s so inspiring. It probably fueled my ambition to become a film-maker even more after seeing how good this was. It’s just… wow. <3