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.

Harnessing the Power of the Creative SPIRAL

It’s been quite a journey, a roller coaster ride, and am I surprised? The creative process seems to work that way, a bit of luck maybe, but mostly what I call synchronicity. When you open the door the guests start arriving.

Deciding to write a third book began when I found I was working away in my studio with little satisfaction and quite a few failures. I was struggling with the question of why I had reached this impasse? The twists and turns and repeated patterns, plus the words of other artists, altered me to the idea that this might just be an ongoing natural process, and was not only unavoidable, but should be anticipated with some degree of excitement.

We do have repeated patterns that arise, in differing ways for different people, every time we create. But how do you get excited by the downturns and turn this into a positive experience? What did I need to understand?  This concept formed the premise for my new book Harnessing the Power of the CREATIVE SPIRAL.

This invisible organic spiral structure continues its upward crusade in the course of realising original vision. In covering the stages it reaches, I was able to address some thought provoking topics, including raw talent, self awareness, risk taking,  and the meaning of values. Below is an exert from the Foreword  written by  Merv Moriarty

‘This spiral, that Lyne has so beautifully constructed is, I feel, not only a part of every artist’s battle, it is perhaps applicable to the journey of everyone who dares to challenge the way that is safe but ordinary – who dares to turn their back on that way, even for a small stretch, to try to wring something more out of the journey that is life. .’ Merv Moriarity

I do run somewhat with metaphor. Story-telling is one of my favorite language tools however terms such as artistic vision and creative process can be problematic as they are not only metaphorical but also fleeting and elusive. This book continues my long journey of gaining an understanding into what is considered by many as mysterious yet tenuous. In writing it I have renewed my enthusiasm for not only art, but life in general. I believe the reader will have the same positive experiences.

Due for release sometime in January and at the latest early February,  I am planning to have Harnessing the Power of the CREATIVE SPIRAL stocked in many of the venues who hold my other books  so check with the one near you if you bought my previous books there. It can also be preordered by emailing me. [ books @artclique.com.au ] Below is a sneak review of the cover. The previous books can be viewed on http://www.artclique.com.au/galleries/books/book.html and the new addition will be featured there soon.

 

A new book examining the nature of the invisible organic spiral that continues its upward crusade in the course of realising original vision.

 

 

Having a Creative Mindset

Don’t feel you have a creative bone in your body? Even full time artists have their moments. Don’t paint yourself into a corner just paint yourself into a creative mindset. Creativity is a big part of everyday life. It’s just different for many situations. You may have this revelation planning a dinner party to impress someone important. A rather large creative leap could be needed to get the results you want.

What does it take to move the creativity of producing an artwork into a business workplace situation for instance? You do not need to be an artist to know we are all inherently creative. Imagine having the artist’s ability to think squarely on the feet as an abstracted painting emerges from a blank canvas. It is like nothing else you will try in your lifetime and very rewarding. Its the same process we use in all problem solving and involves mastering techniques and rules to the point that a higher level of functioning allows you to safely and creatively change them to suit the purpose.

Although an art studio can be chaotic, it is the creative achievements that make it the best job in the world however being a full time artist is not an easy choice. Getting to the top of any profession requires persistence and dedication and having faith in yourself and the creative process. The similarities of the art studio with many other jobs are closer than most people think. Superior art must come from a higher level of consciousness where the answers are unknown until they arrive and delight. It is a way of thinking, feeling and doing that is available to most who seek it.

Imagination and curiosity play a large part in a creative successful outcome and a good way to bring this into your work is to bring back the simplistic way you thought as a small child. I do wonder what would happen if you took the artist brain into the office and problem solved the same way you might paint. It may open up new pathways to success however you would need a good relationship with your client to explain why you are both covered in paint.

You can read past posts on the Twelve Qualities of Creativity on this blog and also access two books on creativity and the artistic mind on the links above or on ArtClique Below is a painting that came out of a visit to Atlin in British Columbia in 2009. It will be exhibited in the Hidden Dimensions exhibition in The Atrium Gallery at Toowoomba Regional Gallery from 11th October – 6th September 2011. If you are in town come to a Meet the Artist event planned for 1pm – 3pm on Saturday 15th October. The gallery will be open from 10am and the books are available now in the Gallery Shop.. and at Murray’s Art and Framing in Toowoomba.

Into the Wilderness acrylic on canvas

Into the Wilderness 122 x122cm acrylic on canvas

The Third Quality of Creativity: Commitment

What  is talent and passion without commitment. Having a passion for anything requires some soul searching. For what purpose?  Why this? Making a commitment means finding the answers to all the questions that constantly arise, to constantly fill the mind with what you want to do. It involves learning something new every day, relating to the expressive, emotive or creative side. Cultivating an attitude of curiosity, and excitement is to push the envelope and break all the boundaries that would hold one back. Commitment then is about taking action and continuing to do whatever it takes to reach a goal.

Acrylic painting by Lyne Marshall

Battered but Still Floating 91 x101cm

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!