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How do you describe a thing you created to the world at large? The muses have moved you to produce something. It stands there in the crowd with all the other things artists have created. Along comes someone or something that requires you to give a description to your ‘wares’. You might be asked to describe your work or explain it in some way. How did you come up with ‘that’? What was the inspiration? What does it mean? What can you do? If you had a ‘perfect plan to begin with you already have that task covered. It’s just a matter of delivering the ‘spiel’. The public will naturally form their opinions, ideas, questions, answers, and explanations. Long after the creation is thrown into the din, only the originating artist can ‘set the record straight’.

Creating art by the rules certainly saves time in the long run. Just copy and paste or print, or even give the speech of your pitch on such things and wait for the recipient (s) to soak it all in. Rules keep everything in order. They streamline and mold our daily activities and artistic creations are rarely immune from them. They do of course have a dark side.

Rules can be like so many lengths of rope. They can help bundle things together for ease of use, but they can also tie things up in tangled loops and catch 22’s that complicate the artistic process. Take the painter for example, that beautifully striking color used for a section of the canvas puts the work over the top. As the hue was being mixed on the pallet, were there any thoughts about how to describe it or how it came about? Maybe there were, and maybe there were not. Take the writer, that one paragraph or chapter that sells the work might have been produced quickly with little more thought than the train of events leading up to it or even some other section after it. It may even have come like a bolt out of the blue, on the wings of a rapturous muse. Take the songwriter, across a lifetime of songwriting one song goes to number one on the charts. Will they be able to explain how the song came to be to the satisfaction of those intrigued to query about it? Rules do work for some but they do not work for all artists. They do however have affects on all artists.

There are three bastions of artists where rules are concerned. There are those who follow them, those who do not, and those who are a mixture of the first two in any conceivable ratio. Rules are orthodoxy. The latter two types of artists are unorthodoxies. All three groups most likely have a disdain for each of the others but let us not hold that statement up as concrete fact. That feeling is but one of many possible eccentricities that most artists maintain. What artist would be complete without a quirk or two?

Rules can cloud the creative process or render things crystal clear. Muses have no use for rules but all artists operate on some level with them. Academic rules streamline artists with degrees in respective fields. Unorthodox rules streamline the creative processes for whatever artists employ them. However they are used, not used, or fractioned, rules ultimately play a part in all artistic endeavors, even when absent.

Before brush meets paint, before pen meets paper, before a note is sounded, before a finger is lifted, Muses move. They inspire without regard to rules. The artist keeps one of three books at their disposal, or two. Whatever muses inspire ultimately filters thru one of these ‘tomes of procedure’, or two. From these, the chromatics of an artist’s soul is welded to each new creation. From their first works to their present, and on to their future offerings, fans can watch them grow as the artists they are.