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.

The Birth of a Book

The birth of the NEW YEAR presented me with the birth of  a new book. Two advance copies arrived today..it was named on my website recently…[The Christening will be next.] ‘Harnessing the Power of the CREATIVE SPIRAL’ is now printed [birthed] and arrives around the middle of February. For more information see Art Clique Books

Read the book premise below:

In this third book Lyne Marshall puts her unique spin on the creative process, and the philosophical and spiritual side of art creation. She addresses the cyclic nature of life and art, and the way there is a seemingly invisible organic structure, a spiral, that continues its upward crusade in the course of realising original vision. Marshall is a practicing artist and in this semi–biographical book she fleshes out these ideas in an approach that not only educates the reader to the ways of the artist but increases their understanding of some thought provoking topics. This book deals with the important issues of self awareness, as well as being useful for art instruction.

This is an 80 page full colour book containing many illustrations, paintings, photographs, quotes and poems to support the writing. The Forword is written by Merv Moriarty. See short PDF’s on the ART CLIQUE website You can buy a copy now… $44 postage free to Australia and  New Zealand

 

Harnessing the Power of the CREATIVE SPIRAL

Lyne Marshall's new book Harnessing the Power of the CREATIVE SPIRAL

 

'Harnessing the Power of the Creative Spiral' a new book by Lyne Marshall

The FOREWORD of Harnessing the Power of the CREATIVE SPIRAL

 

Appreciating inspirational skies

How often have you seen images of artworks made my animals: perhaps elephants, monkeys and even cats. There is a published book titled ‘Why Cats Paint’ and also a few interesting youtube videos about this subject. Now I do admit I own the book and must read it one day as I have seen evidence of my cat making swipe marks in the mud and dust on my car. As she is the furry kind of feline I am reluctant to give her my acrylic paints to use, despite possibly missing out on making millions from the sales of her art.

Recently I discovered my cat sits in the paddock and watches the sunrise most mornings. We love to photograph these amazing skies and I see God’s brush work in the clouds. As I am inspired to write on creative process and the way the mind works in the art studio, this realisation posed a dilemma for me.  If my cat is getting inspiration from the sunrise, will she  one day demand that I allow her to paint?

Tallegalla sunrise

Leonardo Da Vinci loved the skies and was known to have said said “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return’.  I have posted a video on Facebook and here of a sunrise at my home.

Download Tallegalla Dawn, an artist’s inspiration

 

Storm clouds over Tallegalla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brushmarks in the sky

The Fifth Quality of Creativity: Curiosity

Have you ever wondered why humanity is so questioning?  What an amazingly curious mind the artist and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci had to make the discoveries that kept his name in the spotlight 500 years after his death. The world would not have the technology to reach others over the internet without curious, creative people sharing knowledge. We all do need a little support, and sometimes an escape from everyday life, to find the inner artist in this busy world. Getting more conscious about who we are personally takes a little self examination and lot of ongoing assessment.

The secret, I feel, is to return to our childhood memories to find what inspired and fulfilled us then. ‘ Curioser and Curioser’ was what Alice exclaimed in her journey to Wonderland.  We may all have something to learn from falling down a well into another way of looking at the world.

Last weekend I had a very interesting group of curious artists gather in my studio at Tallegalla for a workshop. That curiosity was a largest part of this weekend was very evident. Most had questions that related to their purpose in creating and their ongoing search for answers.  Learning how others have researched and discovered can answer the many questions we all have about life…and art is after all life.  My own curiosity has lead to a rather large library that I continue to add to at such a rate I need  three minds to absorb as I continually self educate.  In the photo here you will find my artist friends, and me, gathered together for just a  moment in time.

Tallegalla workshop

The 'tribe' at Tallegalla