Practice, Practice, Practice…

The second quality of creativity is  the ability to keep working hard. Having said that I find my philosophy to focus on the art studio waning a bit of late due to writing commitments and the need to recovery from surgery. All artists, writers, musicians etc  face the effects of life getting in the way of creating, so I do like deadlines.  Rather than creating stress, I find they create a need to get to work and often lead to breakthroughs. So if you haven’t  a deadline looming, make one… and watch what happens to your creative output!

Raw Talent, what is it?

The first quality of creativity I believe is raw talent and it seems to be either gifted or its not. While I acknowledge everyone is special in their own way, and we all have gifts, it seems that recognising just where the talent lies is the answer. Many talented people have fallen by the wayside from lack of motivation, but those who really know where their passions lie seem to be very determined and persistence. Is true talent, if it then exists, an aspect of knowing that which can’t be taught? It is what the ancient Chinese philosophers pondered. They came to acknowledge this as the sensitive, intuitive, heart of creative mankind. I believe it is that part of us that manages to find all the answers at just the right time. I look forward to hearing others comments on this topic. Below is my painting  from 2009, Pools of Light.

Lyne Marshall contemporary landscape painting.

The Twelve Qualities of Creativity

Part of my early research which lead to my first book, was looking at what happened in the artist’s studio. I have come a long way since those days but I remember my frustration at the blocks. Why did the work pour out somedays and others it was just like reinventing the wheel? I have found that artists are just like musicians, so when things are not working it is just the rehearsal for the ‘real’ work. Over the next week I am going to discuss the Twelve Qualities of a Creative Artist, starting tomorrow with the first  quality – Raw Talent. Please add your own comments

River of Life 1, 81 x 101 cm

River of Life 1 from the 2010 Spirit of Trees series.

Action, Attention, Activity and Attitude

Growing up on an island was amazing but it has finally caught up with me but no use crying over spilt sunscreen. Recovering from facial surgey for a skin cancer is not exactly an uplifting experience  and it keeps me from the studio, as spashing all that paint about is not good at the moment. I am having the best time though researching for my workshops. The four big A’s.. Action, Attention, Activity and Attitude give us all enormous power but its all down to choice. Grow and expand or stifle the life force and stagnate and die…I know what I am going to do. Enjoy life while I can.  Here one of my newest paintings  finished prior to surgery.

New painting for Art Sydney

River of Life 2, Acrylic on canvas 81 x 112cm

Workshop in November

Just a reminder for those interested. I have been asked by Sculptors Qld to give a two day workshop on 27th and 28th November in Brisbane. Day one is ‘ Finding your inner voice through the creative process and exploring personal style and direction’. Day two : ‘ Tapping your inner wealth and personal creative explorations through abstraction’. I also address professional practice issues as required. Places are still available and you will find more information on prices on