39 Thomas Reed

08 Aug




When I was asked to write something for this my first reaction was, “Huh?”

Yeah, I was confused. You see, I do not see myself as an especially creative, artistic, inspirational person. But then I got to thinking, perception. I am SEEN as a creative, artistic, inspirational person.

Art is in the eye of the beholder. Yep, that sums it up for me, however, …

yeah, but …

I won’t go there. Someday at Balticon (Did I say BALTICON?) we can sit down and discuss what we think is art. Not here. There’s no give and take. There needs to be give and take in art. Art can inspire. Art can judge. Art can give life. Art can cause death. Art should inspire conversation. And conversation can inspire art. Ok, I spoke more on this than I meant to for here. We’ll come back to this. At Balticon, maybe.

Now, inspiration. Inspiration comes to me in the form of …. Well, some people call this their muse. To be truthful, I haven’t a clue what a muse is. I know the definition. I know others have their muses. But for me, a muse does not exist. Unless, unless my “muse” is what inspires me. From my point of view, what people personify as their muse is taking everyday occurrences, conversations, happenstances, whatever, and using them to create something new, different, beautiful, twisted, in other words, art.

People create. They build things from other stuff. They put the words in a different order. They put paint to paper. They cause people to wonder, to talk, to laugh, to cry, to emote, to live.

Art is the result of creating, which comes from inspiration.

As you can tell, these three things are connected. They are not doing a solo act. Not from my point of view.

I have this friend who is an artist (yet won’t pursue it) who was cleaning his brushes on a sheet of paper while doing a drawing/painting and saw something in the random strokes.

He added to it. He molded it. He reshaped it. It was Einstein. This accidental doodle turn into a wonderful little head shot of Einstein.

He was in the middle of his inspired work and saw something, something that needed a little encouragement to come alive.

Art is the result of creating out of inspiration. How’s that? Works for me. My art, my creating, comes out of my sense of humor. I look at the world like it’s a great playground. Something to have fun in and with. Something to use to make people laugh, cry, think.

Everyone get inspired. Everyone creates. Everyone is an artist. Ever have one of those great conversations you wished never would end? What caused it? Who created it? Yeah, you did. We’re all artists. You just need to find your niche.




There’s no separating them.

We all do it.


Posted by on August 8, 2011 in Creativity Guest Posts


4 Responses to 39 Thomas Reed

  1. admin

    August 9, 2011 at 12:46 am

    I’m looking forward to that conversation. The first scotch is on me.

  2. K. Gainor

    August 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I’ll add the 2nd if I can score a chair.

  3. Doc Coleman

    August 29, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Heck, let’s just make it a panel discussion! I’d be willing to moderate, if you need.


  4. Neil Colquhoun

    September 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Alright, any room for a Scotsman.
    Balticon 2012? I’ll try to be there!

    Be creative, find inspiration in anything, be an artist – there’s no excuse not to be.

    Stay Alive – Neil


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