“The creative process in organic art”

“The creative process in organic art”

Art, together with the process of creation, must be understood as a way of expressing oneself through knowledge and personal and social transformation, but what is creativity and how does it influence people? We can affirm that the creative process of an artist is the main centre of everything, since creativity is the engine to create great artistic works, it is the talent to create new ideas through associations between them and known concepts through original thinking and imagination or creative thinking.


Personal creative process


The basic structure of the process of creating a work of art used in any field will always be the same, as the aim is to create original ideas, but it should be noted that art has written rules and manuals such as discipline and commitment, although there is no method to know how to appreciate this process.

Some theorists, such as Immanuel Kant, argue that the artist should not be subject to pre-established rules, but should focus on perfecting his own codes, defining his territory and at the same time showing the message he wants in the means and terms that the artist himself indicates, in this way he will not fall into replication. However, others, such as Schopenhauer, who understands the artist’s freedom and will, suggest that he should lefts these terms and strengthen his connection with the outside world, in order to create a conjunction that culminates in the creation of the artistic work.

They are really two completely different concepts, but at the same time they are united by several main elements:

  • Artists have to take into account the world around them.
  • Artists have to carve out their freedom and will.
  • The combination of both concepts will be the artistic piece.


Stages of the creative process –

According to Graham Wallas, an expert in political science and international relations, the creative process is divided into four stages, which have changed over the years:

  1. Observation and location: when an artist is going to start any creative project the primary thing is to observe the area to which the final objective of the work or piece could fit and subsequently indicate where it is located, for this, one of the questions to be asked is what the objective of the creative process will be.
  2. Preparation: any artist who embarks on the creation of a piece must investigate and take all relevant information, in terms of current trends, all the data that can be retrieved will be essential to understand how this information can affect the main objective.
  3. Incubation: every idea or creation needs a maturation process, where the brain acts in different ways, obtaining ideas, relating them to others, it is a process that can appear while we are intrinsic in the project or simply when we disconnect completely.
  4. Illumination: this is the moment when the idea emerges and begins to materialize.
  5. Verification: this is the last stage of the creation process, where all the emerging ideas are analyzed, whether they have had an effect and whether they solve a problem, all of which is related to the main objective set out, providing an analytical vision.


Particular characteristics of organic art –


“Creating is a continuous struggle between consciousness and unconsciousness. Without these two elements, the artistic act cannot take place (…) Subject to this law, it is free”; according to the author Stefan Zweig, the creation of a work of art and its process is something intimate and at the same time mysterious.

The aim of any artist is to express and capture the natural attraction he feels towards the exterior, that relationship of the person with the world and his capacity to express it through a material reality, is understood as a continuation of the individual.

“The perfect work will be that in which the poetic intuitive and the reflective disciplinary complement each other because, if imagination and fantasy concur, it also needs a good dose of learning and training”; Manuel Vélez Cea.

The creative process in organic art presents a certain complexity, as artists need inspiration from nature and the problems of the outside world in order to develop an idea and mould it into each of their works, which is why several of the characteristics of this type of art are usually the following:

– The artist needs to observe, experience and study past and present history.

– Once the artist has collected all the information that surrounds him, he creates an idea and materializes it. This idea, arising from the imagination and the external stimuli he witnesses, may change during the process, causing the organic work to have a different purpose than the initial one.

– Finally, once the organic piece has been created, the artist analyses each creative process carried out and the materials used, all of which form a whole, which is complemented with the aim of showing or expressing what the artist wants to claim through the work.