The Birth of a Book

The birth of the NEW YEAR presented me with the birth of  a new book. Two advance copies arrived 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


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 ] Below is a sneak review of the cover. The previous books can be viewed on 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

Truth in Art

I was reading about Bob Dylan yesterday, in a summary of his music career written by Scott Marshall, in a little book titled Spiritual Journeys –How faith has influenced twelve music icons. I realised it was his birthday. Bob Dylan turned  70 years old on the 24th May. What has always been influential for me, besides Dylan’s amazing song writing and music, is his conviction to what he sees as his truth. He has never shied away from his own beliefs which are boldly written in his songs.

Music has always been high on my list of things that inspire and watching Buffy Sainte- Maree, another 70 year old performer on stage at the Byron Blues Fest, had a huge impact. There were quite a few musicians over 60 yrs of age. These performers had strong convictions and a lifetime’s work to draw on.

Creative people who have strong traits such as a love of freedom, mystery, empathy  and beauty, be it subtle or shouted about, and who combine these with endurance, courage, ingenuity and self trust are always  genuine in their pursuit for the real thing. Not satisfied with the mundane they do what it takes to achieve their goals honestly.

Getting to the truths of any art form has never been easy, and Bob Dylan has many critics, yet he remains an icon. Age should not be a deterrent, nor criticism, nor lack of support. These can become poor excuses for not creating what is in the heart. Fear can stop the greatest idea as can our concerns for what others might say.  Being aware of this is the first step, from then on it can only be upwards.

The painting below is of  a view from my older art studio. It was not a conscious image that I painted  as the tree appeared unexpectantly. I realised it was the tree that had grown from a  sapling by the nearby dam during the drought. It was a real survivor.  This painting is currently on show at Moreton Art Awards at Pine Rivers Art Gallery and Community Centre until the 29th May

View from the art studio - abstract modern art painting

View from the Studio Door 122 x 122 cm 2010

Creative Insights

My purpose for this blog is to inspire others in their creative journey. From my own research into the creative process came two books on finding the purpose for creating art. In my next series of blog posts I will include paragraphs from these books which I hope you will find interesting and educational. The first post is from Page 10, which is the Overview

Having always been fascinated by the way things came together in the act of creating, I longed to find methods to step back into the flow without the struggle. The insights I gained are now part of my first book Gleaner or Gladiator : The Struggle to Create book. In gathering together the resources to document my findings I was made acutely aware that the creative journey is a process made up of many milestones.

Just as a child does not revisit the steps taken when learning to walk, so we all move on to new ways of thinking. Some of the issues that once seemed so important are no longer seen as hurdles. There was a time when I thought that, although there were many joyous moments and I loved what I was doing, struggles would always abound and the creative path by its very nature was bumpy and difficult to navigate. What was to change my thinking and consequently my creative output was the realisation that I needed an altruistic focus, far above the mundane that had been my mainstay.

The image here is from Page 9  of the book – Glasshouse 8, a diptych which reflects a childhood growing up on an island off the Queensland coast. You are welcome to post comments. Short Pdf’s of this book are available.

Inspiration from childhood memories