Sometimes we rush. We rush to work. We rush home. We rush to get our work done. And sometimes we try to rush our creative projects. However, we only need to turn to nature to see that it’s okay to develop our creative skills over time. Trees grow slow, and so can we.
Ever since I’ve become a serious artist, I’ve been at war. It’s me against time. I want to become better at what I do. When inspiration strikes, I want to take advantage and go full throttle. I get discouraged because I don’t always see immediate and obvious growth. This is when I need to stop, breathe, and go meditate beneath a tree.
Although I’ve become more patient as a writer and an artist, I still tend to race to the finish line at times. It’s how I work. But in the big picture I’ve come to understand that trees grow slow, and so can my art. The important thing is that it grows.
When we grow, the goal isn’t to simply get better and complete more. Slow growth includes change. Trees change with growth: shape, size, even color. As artists, we should do the same. It should be natural, not forced. Trees grow slow and adapt to change. That’s a fair goal for any artist to have, too. – dse