I have always admired artists. To my mind there is something liberating about starting with a blank piece of paper, or canvas, or roll of film and then making a unique impression on it
If you can be that creative, to your own and perhaps others’ satisfaction, then you can probably do anything you set your mind to. Who knows, you might even inspire your off-spring to do something equally artistic too.
David Bowie has always seemed to understand that proposition. His music, his art and the way he presents himself have all carried the signature of someone who is open to the idea of experimentation and inspiration.
I like the fact that the video for his latest single, directed by Tony Oursler, is set in an artist’s studio and captures an atmosphere full of possibilities.
I also like the canniness of Bowie quietly announcing his return to creativity on his 66th birthday and letting the media build the momentum for his upcoming album and retrospective exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, both of which arrive in late March.
All this happening at a quiet time of the year, is icing on the cake. A way of capitalising on a point in the calendar when many people are already in reflective mode, creating To Do lists for themselves.
Significantly many people are contemplating major change now, I’m sure I read over the festive season that December can be a pressure cooker for many people, holed up for an extended period with friends or family and their own thoughts. Unsurprising that January is a peak period for trial separations, and divorce petitions, as well as diets.
So, if people are already in the frame of mind to be asking questions, like:
– When will I start living the life I should be living?
– How do I change my occupation in favour of something fulfilling?
– What can I do to create more happiness in my life?
Hopefully they will have support at hand to start working on the answers. I expect supportive family, friends, faith groups and coaches will be in demand over the coming weeks.