When camera clicks a scene, a figure or anything; it is just capturing its appearance.
Put this aside for a moment.
Sometimes when we are deceived or exploited by persons close to us, they may be relatives, friends or business partners; we will be advised by others that we should have been more careful about studying his true character which he had hidden from us.
” … Before associating with him in business you should have understood his true nature.” We are told like this.
That means the way that person appears to our eye is not real. When you understand what he thinks inside, how he behaves in different situations.. you will have understood his true character. That is reality. This is how we should analyse our friends, our relatives and our associates.
That’s why whatever you click with camera, that’s not real.
|Melody of Nature Artist : Magunta Dayakar
Then again we will question, ‘If camera’s image is not real, how about Giotta’s drawings? Why do you say they are realistic?’
The answer is simple.
Giotto sketched those sheep from his experiences. He used to take them every day to feed and followed them everywhere. Observed them, most of the time to know what they are doing. Doing this act everyday, he had understood them, their body language, their movements, when they will search for food, when they like to take rest, when they will run … everything about them. That way he understood the inside and outside of the sheep.
Next… by everyday doing sketching, he achieved certain level of skills; Those skills helped him to execute what he experienced in his mind.
This is the same as what Walt Disney did.
He visualized the park before it started. In his mind he had seen the functioning of it. How the children would play, how the elders would enjoy, the way the excitement would flow. If he finds some flaw in its functioning, he corrected it … before it started. He knew where the water pipes were, how tall the buildings were, he knew how the park ticked. He knew each and everything about it.
Robert Williams commented the same.
” Good drawing is not copying the surface. It has to do with understanding and expression. We don’t want to learn to draw just to end up being impassioned in showing off our knowledge of joints and muscles. ”
Nick Meglin expressed the same.
By observing nuances such as these, you will be more aware of the ‘norm’ so that your own ‘distortions’ will be the result of conscious choice.
All these people what they said, how they acted, the way they visualized are the creative acts. To be creative you have to see the inside of the things and you have to analyze and interpret them. Finally you have to bring something new out of these acts.
Defining this with more clarity …..
To be a creative person first you must be an intellectual. Intellectual means gathering all the information about a subject.
Then you should be an intelligent person to analyse and interpret that information which you have collected as an intellectual.
Finally, using that information and analysis you have to visualize something new. This is Creative Thinking.
To think creatively first one must be an intellectual, next an intelligent person, If you push for the next step from that point it will lead to Creative Thinking.
That is Third Eye.
What is this Third Eye?
How Giotto got it?
Once again we will look into Giotto’s life.
He was a rural boy and uneducated, living in the village surrounded by hills. All his daily work was every morning he had to take out the sheep to the hills to feed them. Once he reached the hills, he did not have anything to do other than watching the sheep, how they look like when they are in hungry, How they look at their lambs, how the lambs are hopping, moving around mother sheep, how the mother sheep reacts for its babies sounds, how the the male sheep is looking at them, their body fur, the shine of their color in sunlight …. continuing this process day by day, month by month, his senses and mind were wholly absorbed by those sheep attributes, structures, movements … everything.
Slowly Giotto’s mind started to create his own world. In that world he had started to visualise the sheep the way he wanted to see. That’s his world. It was created by his vision, his intuition, his insight. You call this as a whole .. The Third Eye. This is Creative Eye. This eye will penetrate the surfaces, appearances and will go to the soul of the thing or a person. The people whoever achieved great things had this third eye.
Read this quote again…
‘ To think creatively first one must be an intellectual, then an intelligent person, If you push for the next step from that point it will lead to Creative Thinking. ‘
Here the question is … How to push up to that step?
For that you require a character. It is the Character of a Creator! Without that character no one will become a Creator.
What is that character?
Here I am giving twentieth century great artist and teacher Robert Henri words from his book ‘ The Art Spirit’
‘ … When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and he opens ways for a better understanding. Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens it, shows there are still more pages possible.
The world would would stagnate without him, and the world would be beautiful with him ; for he is interesting to himself and he is interesting to others. He does not have to be a painter or sculptor to be an artist. He can work in any medium. He simply has to find the gain in the work itself, not outside it. ‘ This is what Robert Henri said.
Conclusion : The one who only thinks what or how he has to do his work to the extreme, one who won’t think about what others think about him, one who won’t care about failure or success, The one who won’t think about himself … will be the person what Robert Henri defined.