Feeding the Eternal Soul

It’s getting darker now. The sun, casting a chartreuse green hue over the water, illuminates the partly submerged logs that offer a haven for assorted wildlife. As night falls the black cockatoos with their noisy chatter, add to the mood that has grown in dimensions over the few days we camped beside Tooloom Creek.

Tooloom Creek

Tooloom Creek

It has been a hectic three months getting my new book to press. With no Internet or phone, this time has been an opportunity for deep reflection, as deep and wide as the water stretched before us. Many have related that watching water, be it the sea, a river or a creek, cleans out the mind and enriches the soul.

Beside walking down to the falls, and exploring the causeway I spent most of my time reading and contemplating new artworks, while my partner went on numerous excursions down the creek in the inflatable boat. I don’t come easy to relaxing during the day. At home I usually fill my time with many active pursuits.

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However nature has many lessons to teach us; the first being that we have an eternal self, a part of us that needs to be regularly replenished. The practical side, of many of us, wants to live a full life and fill every moment with ‘doing ‘.

River spirit

Spirit of the River

Small Kingfisher

Small Kingfisher having lunch

I learnt over those few days beside the water that there are some things we can’t change, and moments of solitude allow us to reflect and transform. Unfortunately there is a dark side to life, and when sad things happen, as well as inspiring creativity, a venture into nature can heal the heart.

Some of the log visitors are pictured below.

 

Water dragon

Water Dragon taking a rest

Tortoise sunning.

Tortoise sunning.

Studies from the Australian outback

My inspiration comes from engaging with the natural beauty of the wilderness places I visit, and also the distillation of these experiences in the studio. I attempt to capture the emotions I experience  through sketches and photographs initially, and recreate these feelings in my home work-space.

The history of the people who chose to live in the isolated areas I visit is evident through there sense of dedication to the land. Expressing this experience through finished artworks gives me a sense of completion.

Desert Tracks- 3 original paintings by Lyne Marshall

Desert Tracks- 3 original paintings by Lyne Marshall

The next journey  in 2016 will be to the Kimberleys in Western Australia, travelling via Lake Eyre and The Painted Desert and also visiting the Pilbra. Many accomplished artists have undertaken this journey long before me and I am excited to be walking in their footsteps and look forward to new artworks in the future.

This series of artworks here are studies from my many travels in the Australian outback. They were created for an Open Studio weekend on the 9th and 10th April 2016.  Visit the website to see more artworks for this event .

Salt pan Series- three original paintings by Lyne Marshall

Salt Pan Series- three original paintings by Lyne Marshall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dancing in the Rain 79 x 54cm acrylic painting by Lyne Marshall

Dancing in the Rain 79 x 54cm acrylic painting by Lyne Marshall

Take a Walk under my Skies

OPEN STUDIO AND GALLERY Weekend at Tallegalla Queensland 9th and 10th April 2016     
View the new artwork for open day

My Studio Art Gallery at Tallegalla in South East Queensland, only an hour West of Brisbane off the Warrego Highway at Minden, will be open on the first weekend of the Ipswich Festival.

This is a rural property with unending skies that change hourly. Some mornings they are so breathtaking their beauty is overwhelming. I remember when I first moved to this area thinking I had not noticed the skies in this way since I was a child. Storms can race across the paddocks on one side of our house while strong bright sunshine pours down on the other.

Tallegalla morning skies

Tallegalla morning skies

It is in the heart of this environment that I create my artworks.  I often sit in the studio garden and contemplate my surroundings and read as I find wisdom and peace in words.

Looking over Minden Valley after the rain

Looking over Minden Valley after the rain

This land that I live on is so beautiful, even when the grass browns from lack of rain. I invite you to  visit this inspirational space and step into an artist’s world. New work will be on display along with older works paintings, sculpture, pigment prints on metal and my books.

We would love to welcome you here. You can purchase and lay byes are accepted until next Christmas. Please call M 0418 876 230 for directions and visit the  Art Clique Gallery online

Here is a sneek peek of the Gallery Garden and Studio.

View from the gallery garden

View from the gallery garden

 

 

 

 

Art Studio

Lyne Marshall’s Art Studio

Practice, practice, practice

My 2016 new year’s resolution is to practice, practice, practice at getting better at what I do.

This is the second quality of creativity and necessary for all artists, writers, musicians etc who face the effects of life getting in the way of creating. Christmas just seems to take up so much of our time but what a better way to take it easy than to spend time with family and friends.

I have kept working in my old studio which is away from the house and it’s all a bit messy. its  quite a nice break from 2D work. I majored in sculpture at University but it has always taken second place to my painting. it doesn’t seem cause me the same angst though as I use found objects that just seem to jump into my hands. I just keep plodding along and put it all together. Quite an exciting time.

My next project is to create a series of digital works for the Re:Location exhibition which will include the sculptures I have nearly finished. Deadlines are great motivators as rather than causing stress they create a need to get to work and often lead to breakthroughs. All of this feeds back into my painting which will hopefully take off with a jump start when I get back in the newer studio which is housed under the main part of our home.

If you haven’t  a deadline looming for 2016, make one… and watch what happens to your creative output!

Below is work in progress… a table of sculptures, part of the coming ReLocation Project exhibition.  See the project video here.

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The Twelfth Quality of Creativity – Confidence

Merry Christmas for 2015. This is an old post which somehow dropped of this BLOG. I have added it again. I hope you enjoy reading  it.

Working away in my studio, aiming for the perfect state of FLOW, I began reflecting on my many years of creating art.  Although the creative process can follow a similar trail each time you work, it still can leave you wanting a better outcome.

Why is this so?  When inspiration fails, when it seems a little dark outside, know that change is coming. I have often wondered why the creative flow can seem so inaccessible at times. I recall being told to find a word or phrase to fall back on when things are not going well. The right word or statement can have amazing powers to lift the spirits.

Without confidence we do nothing.  We flounder like a fish out of water.  I am told that in the recent floods there have been a few fish washing up in unexpected places. It doesn’t take a crisis however to lack confidence. Creativity is like the ebb and flow of the sea. The main thing is to never give up during these dark nights of the soul. The tide turns and confidence returns. Just think if you had given up and just around the corner was an amazing opening. Of course without confidence we may turn away from opportunity.

While making mistakes is a normal part of creativity, watching children painting and drawing is a real treat. They never hold back or doubt their abilities. Plenty of confidence leaps about as they jump in. I have the fruits of my grandchildren’s labour hanging up in my studio. I find the little art works on the wall after they visit. I enjoy the different moods and forms of expression in the work.

This, of course, is the secret, to be just like the children when we create, forget the end result and enjoy the journey. Confidence just has a way of coming back to lift the spirits.