The Answers We Seek: Leading the Essential Change of Art (Beginner’s Luck Series)

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Sometimes I wonder if ‪creating ‎art is more about asking questions than telling stories.

Can I look at this another way?

How does this change when you . . . ?

Do you see what I see?

What if we . . . ?

In a way, it takes some guts to ask questions, right. To raise a hand, to investigate, to interrupt the regularly scheduled program. So few people do anymore. Everyone seems to have “the” answer nailed down, figured out.


But what about the questions that can’t be researched, they have to be experienced? What about our incredible capacity to invent, create, bend, innovate? Make stuff up?

What of the endless mystery? What of the questions yet to be asked and the answers yet to be uncovered? What about the adventure of I don’t know?

A new beginning starts there – it starts with I don’t know how but I am willing to try, to move, to change. There is no way to begin a thing you’ve never done before without changing the way you think about the thing, about the work, about the art, about yourself.

Without changing your mind.

The catch is, though, that we fear change. It’s vulnerable and uncertain and it creates a sort of dull –  sometimes sharp – feeling of un-safety, unrest, un-resolvedness. It’s itchy, it’s uncomfortable.

To change is to bust apart the boundaries, however imagined or ridiculous those invented boundaries may be.

And maybe because we fear change,  we ask fewer questions.  About ourselves.  About others.

About our art and where it can go, how high it can fly.

That’s what is so exceptional about the beginner’s mind. It’s strung about with endless, genius, fundamental, glorious, incredible, delicious questions. And she isn’t afraid to ask them.

“And yet most of us find this difficult to believe because, despite what we may know about the psychology of resilience and our hardwired optimism bias, we dread change enormously.

Change — be it negative, neutral, or even positive — is hard; more than that, it’s usually unwelcome — in no small part because we’re stitched together by our routines and rituals.

But change is also how we stretch ourselves and grow, and in the tension between the resistance and the necessity lies one of the great paradoxes of the human condition.”

Maria Popova (Brain Pickings)

So, beautiful rebel change agents, here we are at the end of our Beginner’s Luck Series: 7 Ways the Beginner’s Mind Makes Better Art. The end of a little journey of sorts.

We’ve talked about how the beginner goes first, how she goes alone, how she makes her art out loud. We’ve talked about how the beginner takes the stage – offers up his gifts – even before he is ready. We’ve talked about how crucial it is to maintain creative presence.

And we’ve talked about how the process of beginning and keeping going can be messy, how we have to be willing to bleed, to stumble and get back up.

We know to master the beginning is to master it all. We know mastery is not about being perfect but being persistent.

All of this is to say, in so many words, that to begin in some ways is to end in others. When we begin a new way, we leave an old way behind. When we try something fresh, we abandon something stale.

As continual beginners, as change seeking artists, we are always transitioning, always stretching, always expanding outward in new dimensions and unexplored directions.

Change is a wild place to be and yet we always exist on the continuum of change, of evolution, of designing a life.  To create art is to sort of dig in and instigate changes in ourselves, in our worldview, in the way we connect the dots.

The beginner makes better art because through the humility it takes to master his soul’s work, he becomes the art itself.

He is the emergence of creativity and light.

She is the stretch by imperceptible stretch of the beginning.

“In nature every moment is new; the past is always swallowed and forgotten… Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit. No love can be bound by oath or covenant to secure it against a higher love.

No truth so sublime but it may be trivial to-morrow in the light of new thoughts. People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.

Life is a series of surprises.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson, Circles (source)

The creation of art work is evidence that we as creatures of an evolving universe seek change. Something deep within our very cells craves renewal, instinctively desires a birthing of what’s inside.

The beginner’s mind welcomes the unknown. She expects to be challenged, to be engaged, to be molded, fired, bent and sculpted through her learning, exploration and unfolding.

To begin is to show faith in a new way, in a belief that the world does in fact need what we have to offer. To be creative is to bring forth solutions, innovations, surprises, insights.

All of these, works of art.

The greatest privilege we have is to keep uncovering, keep indulging, keep beginning.

Keep asking questions.

Because perhaps the most glorious mystery of all is that we are every answer we seek.

And all along, what we have really been talking about, the most amazing, most brilliant, most incredibly fascinating and enormously powerful art you are here in this wild world to create . . . is you.


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24 thoughts on “The Answers We Seek: Leading the Essential Change of Art (Beginner’s Luck Series)

  1. Erika

    It is amazing how you inspire us to look for different perspecitves… I love your entry if ‪creating ‎art is more about asking questions than telling stories.

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Thank you so much, Erika, I am thrilled to bits that this inspired you!

      I hope your Sunday is warm and glowing, just as you are. ;)

      Sending peace your way, always,


  2. Meg Evans

    And it’s also about finding the right questions to ask… if the questions are boring, unimaginative ones that reflect old assumptions and stale routines, then creativity won’t flow. More expansion, more persistence, you’ve got that right!

    I have enjoyed reading the Beginner’s Luck series and found it very thought-provoking — lots of meaningful questions here to reflect on. :)

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hey Meg,

      Such a great point, my friend! The questions themselves reflect our outlook, too, don’t they. I dig that – so true. Here’s to asking the more wild ones.

      I am really thrilled you have enjoyed this series and that it served you well. That’s so awesome – thank you so much for taking the time to let me know! That really means a lot to me. ;)

      Wishing you a most peaceful Sunday, dear one,


  3. Terry Clarke (Methodius76)

    Brilliantly done!–Much like the rest of your series-inspiring, thought-provoking and enjoyable to read while dealing with complex issues. I think your series hit a home run, and I certainly will continue to read the posts on your excellent blog (and, of course, continue to listen to your podcasts)! Thank you for providing such excellent content!

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello, hello Terry,

      THANK YOU so much for taking the time and care to leave such an AWESOME comment! I cannot tell you how very much that means to me, truly. It is such a gift to know these topics inspire and encourage.

      It is an absolute joy to create content for creative, innovative spirits such as yourself. I am humbled and blessed to have you here, my friend. Thank you for your brilliant light!

      Blessings and peace, always,

      and again a huge thank you ;) –


  4. Joy

    I have definitely enjoyed it-and have seen ways to apply these ideas and concepts to my own life as a creative and to my students as I encourage them to be creators and not regurgitators :) Thank you as always for sharing!

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hey Joy,

      That’s AWESOME! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know, I really appreciate it. Haha, I love that you say you are encouraging creators instead of ‘regurgitators’ – right on, my friend. This world is so much brighter for having you in it!

      Thank you for your light, as always. ;)

  5. Eduardo Suastegui

    Good food for thought! Yes, art is about experience as much as about anything else. And I don’t think it’s about arriving at answers, but rather about digging up questions. Exposing them, as you suggest. I like that about art: it helps us face those parts of life we can’t resolve, or solve, or even answer this side of eternity. Art in many respects starts with what we know to highlight what we can’t know and must live with in tension nonetheless.

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello, hello Eduardo,

      Thank you so much for your gorgeous comment! I’m totally thrilled that this one hit home for you. And your thoughts are so interesting to me – I love that you say this:

      “I like that about art: it helps us face those parts of life we can’t resolve, or solve, or even answer this side of eternity.” – that is golden. So perfectly said.

      Always a pleasure to hear from you, my talented friend! ;)

  6. The Fashion Huntress

    Ahhh yes. This has been a week of ups and downs…I think life is keeping me on my toes. I agree that to begin is also to end in some way, and that we never really know what is next on the path…thanks girl xo

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      You and me both, girlfriend. Here’s to a smooth slide into the weekend, right. Always an adventure – whatever else is there to look forward to? ;) Thank you so for your thoughts and light – stay fabulous, love. XO

  7. Jackie

    I always find your words inspiring and you write so thoughtfully and meaningfully. I enjoy dropping in when I can with my cup of Tazo in hand. Refreshing the spirit and the palette at the same time. :-)xo

  8. Fashion Assist

    I have absolutely and totally loved the Beginner’s Luck Series!

    Allison, you have inspired, energized, motivated and at times even given me a couple of good stylish kicks with your steel toe boot…or was it a stiletto? ♥

    And you’ve even got me to make myself a wand out of an old chopstick…lol..!!!

    You’ve also profoundly reminded me that I’ll have to be courageous, take chances and change in order to create. And that I’ll need to keep uncovering, keep indulging, keep beginning and keep asking questions.

    All these empowering thoughts of yours I have now placed in my “Beginner’s Toolbox”…
    I keep it close at hand when I’m working…
    and always, always open~ xo

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Beautiful, beautiful friend.

      Thank you SO MUCH – your comment totally lights me up! I am thrilled to bits that you enjoyed this series and most of all that it has served you in your creativity. Your style and works are so fierce, lady. ;)

      Haha, I love that we have chopsticks of artistic power – now that’s impressive, right. lol

      Thank you so much for your precious words, thoughts, spirit and presence, my sweet friend. They mean the world to me, I’m so deeply grateful.

      . .. .mmmm . . . a Beginner’s Tool Box . . . that’s gorgeous. Gives me ideas . . . ;)

      So much love having you here! Stay incredible. XOXO

  9. staci

    Hey there. What a great idea for a series. I’m going to check it out. I totally think that art is about asking questions. However, it has also been a large part of story telling throughout history. I guess it’s a combination of both.
    Looking forward to reading this series.

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hi there, Staci,

      Thank you so much! I truly hope you enjoy the Beginner’s Luck Series! I’d love to hear what you think about it.

      I’m with you – art is definitely a combination of asking questions and telling stories. Sometimes in life I feel like we rush through the asking of questions to nail down an answer or decide what our story should sound like. This post was about exploring that often glossed over space where we can allow a creation to come forward in it’s own way without trying to make it fit – if that makes sense. ;)

      Thank you so much for being here and for taking the time and care to comment. I am so grateful!

  10. coffee_writing_life_press

    I love this!!! How you opened was instantaneously effective in grasping my attention. I agree that art is more about asking questions, as is life. I am a massive believer in questioning everything. After all, conscious life could never exist, as we know it today, if it didn’t stem from the birth of philosophy, and asking questions. Google only gets you so far, and is paid to advertise certain information above other information, making all of our answers a little one sided. On a side note, look to the book 1984 where his occupation was to alter information, which was previously inputted into their database, to coincide with current events Big Brother wanted people to believe. Not to start off on an anti government/technology rant, but think about how many people look at the information on Google as pure fact, without committing to do any background research on the answers themselves. It is scary to believe that prediction even has a an opportunity to come to pass in our present day, but sadly it already has. Now back to art and questioning. Art is a representation of someones creative expressions of their experiences, personal thoughts, emotional ties, and connections to life, to me. Thus if conscious life stemmed from questioning, wouldn’t it only be natural and fitting that art is also based around growing, and thriving, from the result of questions?

    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hello, hello there,

      Thank you so much for taking the time and care to leave such an awesome comment! It is a pleasure to hear from you, my friend.

      I’m really glad this post resonated for you and I completely relate to all the points you’ve made. For so long we’ve been content to passively ingest all kinds of messages almost all of which are ranked and stacked and sold to us to make us better consumers, not better artists.

      I love that you say this: “Art is a representation of someones creative expressions of their experiences, personal thoughts, emotional ties, and connections to life.” Couldn’t agree more. Therein lies it’s beauty and surprise. ;)

      Here’s to the questions, to the adventure. Thanks again for stopping by.

      Peace, friend, always,


      1. coffee_writing_life_press

        Anytime! Thank you for writing it. =) I would also like to add I love the Emerson quote. He is one of my favorite heroes. I even have a 1870 edition of his Selected Essays!!! Keep up the amazing writing!!


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