Dependability : The Ninth Quality of Creativity

Where has this year gone?  I hope to where your creative dreams fly and that next year will be a continuation of your achievements. How do you gauge your success?  If you are still pursuing your dream, and managing to live it out, I call that winning. Not everything can go as we plan. To be dependable in the face of adversity is a real gift.

I heard many stories of real lives this week from the worst to the bearable. The saddest …a neighbour of a friend died in a house fire last Saturday that started while he cooked his dinner.  The most trying… an artist friend has a current gallery exhibition in Melbourne, with very good sales, but has been told the gallery is now closing at the end of the year. Her last three exhibitions in three different galleries had the same outcome. All the galleries closed.

My own experiences this year have encompassed the whole gamut.  Life is about getting on with the nitty gritty. With an exhibition to create in three months, over the heat of summer, with Christmas looming, I am exhilarated. The new studio, a year old next month, took its time arriving, but I knew it would happen one day. That day arrived with my builder son – in law and his offsider during the first week in December last year, and the studio was completed in time for a New Years Eve party.

This year’s events may not be quite as exciting but creating work in the new space is. Holding the odd workshop,  especially as a  new patio style carport arrives soon, will get even better in 2011. Here is a photo of the art studio..good things do come to those that  work at achieving their dreams…

Lyne Marshall's art studio

Lyne Marshall's art studio

The Eighth Quality of Creativity – Discipline

The French master sculptor, Rodan, was once quoted as saying ‘ the artist enriches the soul of humanity and delights people with a thousand unsuspected shades of feeling’  For someone to reach this level in their creative output they first have to have a vision and a purpose for their life’s work. They may even need to get out of their own way and allow the real work to flow. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has written several books on this subject which are great reading for artists.

Many have talked about an aspect of studio work where a spiritual richness emerges in the work as though they are being guided by higher power. Cy Thombly, an acclaimed American artist, has learned to wait on the flow. He is well known for his energetic scribbled paintings and like New York based artist Max Gimblett, gets in touch with the inner artist through eastern based practices of meditation. Whatever the principals behind creative work, you first need to be disciplined to turn up on a regular basis to the studio.

Value your creative time and the best way I find to do this is to create goals that are defined by time. We continually ask.. where did all that time go? Not surprisingly, setting goals for each day, actually gets things done.  Allowing time everyday for studio thinking even if not studio working, causes us to realise that everything needed is all around us, and the way to access anything is to value what you already have, and be grateful for it. How do others access flow? I would love to see your comments here


Lyne Marshall acrylic painting from 2009

Passages 2, 122 x 122cm acrylic on canvas 2009

‘ I stand before the sea, my childhood drifting before me in the passage that separates the island [me] from the mainland [life]. The ebb and flow of the tide washes to the beach the flotsam and jetsam of ships and people that have passed by me. Exposed to this debris, life will continue; just every now and then I stop to clean up the shoreline.’   Lyne Marshall