Never underestimate the power of your creative vision. Creative vision is the ability to envision something in whole or in part that does not yet exist. As a creative person you have been given an inherent ability to look at an empty canvas and envision that space filled to fullness. You see beauty where others see only the ordinary. You can look at a beat up chair at a yard sale and envision it fully rejuvenated to serve an even greater purpose than it was built for.
You possess passion in expressing color, texture, life and energy just by speaking your creative vision. This is a gift that many times will cause people to respond in arrant awe. It flows out of you so naturally because it's a connected part of who you are. It has always been present in your reality.
Vincent Van Gogh sold one painting while he was alive. Van Gogh's finest works were produced in less than three years. That is a remarkable fact about Van Gogh as an artist. It wasn't until after his death that his creative vision was recognized giving fame to the priceless works we are familiar with today. The lack of sales during his lifetime did not lessen his vigor to express his creative vision. In 1990 his painting entitled "Portrait of Dr.Gachet" sold for $127 million dollars to Christie's, New York. Van Gogh's biography says; "He was determined to give happiness by creating beauty." What a wonderful and often lacking conviction in our modern culture today.
I gravitate towards creative vision that is not focused on producing a product for financial gain as the goal. I am partial to pure inspiration as the prevailing influence with the focus being placed on creative expression. Financial gain may become the end result of the latter but it need not be the prime motivator. The focus should be narrow and deliberately pure. Even though creative vision is not limited to the arts, the idea of untethered expression works best within the arts. A medium that invites appreciation more than a required function.
I believe there is a distinguishing difference between highly skilled and highly creative. I will not argue that the combination of the two can produce extraordinary results. Dale Chihuly is one example of an artist that illustrates this point. His work in glass blowing bursts with intense colors that encompass large-scale, breathtaking sculptures. He is best known for entwining his glass creations with nature. His creative vision has revolutionized the studio glass movement.
Just as the world needs skilled architects, auto mechanics, carpenters and pilots, we are in desperate need of those gifted few who carry in their soul creative vision. Expressing their vision for the creations sake not solely focused on profit. Creation that enriches our lives and causes us to stand in awe as we are overcome with exhilaration. As it was for Vincent Van Gogh, not all creative vision is meant to be immediately embraced. It can bestow upon us eyes to see what we could have never envisioned on our own, tempered by patience allowing the world to catch up. That's called being ahead of your time.
The world desperately needs creative vision determined to give happiness by creating beauty. Now more than ever, in a time when we trade counterfeit happiness as if it were gold. Selling shallow and fleeting beauty to the highest bidder. It is my deepest desire that you never underestimate the power of your own creative vision. But rather that you pour out your gifts with vibrant and unbridled passion. We're all counting on it.
"I could have told you Vincent, this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you"