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

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

 

The Fourth Quality of Creativity: Passion

Music inspires me. It makes me want to go to the studio and paint. As a child I used to sing Cole Porter’s song  ‘ give me land, lots of land under starry skies above, don’t fence me in ‘ I felt then it was one of God’s greatest gifts to be free, and to express the essence of the land, to  feel the earth beneath your feet, to understand its natural ways, and express the story. It requires passion to express this.

I remember earlier this year reading an eulogy on Aboriginal singer songwriter Ruby Hunter written by Paul Grabowski that  made the hairs stand up on my arms. From a way different genre than the song I first mentioned, Paul Grabowski wrote that Ruby’s sound was like a lament, a moan, which came from  a place outside of time and place. With her voice she evoked the red earth of the interior, a vibration, a hum, her story…What really resonated was that he conveyed Ruby’s power which he said she carried lightly. He summed  up with ‘ What is greatness in music? It is a distillation of all of life’s imponderables into sounds that articulate, in time, that dimension over which we have the least control- the beauty and sadness of life’s river.’

This is what I admire so much about Ruby. I sat in admiration  through her concert she gave with her husband Archie Roach at the Dreamtime Festival at Woodford a few years ago and I felt her passion. I wanted the same for my work then, and I still do. We all have a lot to learn from women like Ruby and the legacy she has left us.

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!