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.



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

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.