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The Curse Of The Expert

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind there are few.
– Shunryu Suzuki

For the past several years I’ve worked hard to be the go-to expert for my client’s Photoshop, workflow, color management and printing needs. While I’ve always found it immensely rewarding to be able to remove the technical barriers that prevent creative artists from realizing their vision, being the expert meant, at least to me, that I had to have all the answers. So, it’s been quite humbling to spend the last couple of years learning an entirely new discipline, multimedia, where I’ve been stumbling through problems, searching for answers and generally fumbling about like a beginner again.

Which, in many respects, is a great place to be. The open mindedness that comes from not having the answers is wonderfully refreshing. As part of this process, I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting, testing, failing and, ultimately learning. Rather than keep this process to myself, I thought it would be beneficial, dare I say even valuable, to share this creative process here on the blog. It will allow me to post more in-progress work and point out the resources I’ve found most helpful in fleshing out these new ideas.

Creatively, I’m very excited to share these experiments with you. I hope you enjoy them and will share your thoughts and your critiques in the comments.

Discussion

2 comments for “The Curse Of The Expert”

  1. …Which is why Jay is a perfect person to advise us on workflow. His approach (the opposite of hard-lined, and fixed) is the best approach to learning about and solving technical issues. Because, at the end, it’s about art-and people.

    Posted by Tom Gadbois | August 12, 2011, 10:30 am
  2. Thanks Tom. You are correct, it is about art and people. Now, back to the creative process. 🙂

    Posted by Jay | August 12, 2011, 10:38 am

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