Percolating an idea is an important part of my creative process. To understand this better, let's think about coffee. Imagine someone just offered you cup of steaming hot... water with coffee grounds. Not very appetizing right? Coffee needs to percolate, to spend some time steeping and becoming the magic elixir that is coffee.
The creative process can be like coffee. I've learned to trust the process of percolation. It always amazes me how ideas come to me. Rarely do they show up like a flash of lightening ready to be executed into artistic treasures. More often, they come to me like coffee beans, needing to be ground and steeped... percolated into the finished product. Usually a story comes to mind first. In the image below, I wanted to tell the story of the color of infinity. I wanted to represent fractal images in a way that is unique to me.
I learned about the Mandelbrot set, a simple looking equation that, when graphed, creates the little Buddha looking guy in the image. I am not a math person, so understanding the equation wasn't important to me, but the idea that fractal geometry can represent everything in nature from coastlines to cloud formations fascinated me. The idea is an infinite repetition of a shape, with only very slight variations. I wanted to tell that story.
The idea had to percolate for a few weeks while I checked out books I couldn't understand from the library and experimented with techniques for exactly how I was going to get multiple repetitions of this fairly complicated image. The idea had to percolate.
Next time I'll answer the question: Is it percolation or procrastination? How do you tell the difference?
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