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

How art fills up the senses

On getting into flow in the art studio – Having just stretched 20 odd canvases for my next series of paintings I am sitting down at my computer with the remnants of white gesso clinging to my hands. I had forgotten what a dichotomy this job of preparing canvases can be. It swings between exasperation with the time taken up to do the work and the sense of anticipation and excitement as I paint the final coat of white gesso on each untouched stretched canvas.

The series I plan to paint has been in my head for about four weeks now although I don’t doubt it has been coming for years. A trip to North Stradbroke Island cemented the idea and even gave the work a name. Can I pull this series  off? This is every artist’s dilemma however preparing the surface to paint is a great start.

A book I read years ago comes to mind. It was written by Dr Eric Maisel and titled Fearless Creating. Dr Maisel discusses how artists, like Picasso did, get  into flow through preparation rituals in the studio. Picasso liked to sharpen his pencils in readiness for drawing.

Today I felt the readiness forming a promise around me and a sense that I am not going to push through the difficulties I have had to find again the real purpose for my painting. The expectation is delicious and like looking at a great dessert and knowing how good it is going to taste. Getting into this state is about finding the enjoyment in mundane tasks so that when the exciting part arrives, actually applying artist paints, you are already in flow.

Every now and then there is a need to remember gratitude and today I am sharing how fortunate those of us that love to create are and how barren our world would be without art to fill the senses. Below is a work titled Secrets of my Garden which was painted about six weeks ago. Happy creating to you  all.

Lyne Marshall acrylic on canvas painting - Secrets of my Garden

Secrets of my Garden 90 x70cm acrylic on stretched canvas

The Twelve Qualities of Creativity

Part of my early research which lead to my first book, was looking at what happened in the artist’s studio. I have come a long way since those days but I remember my frustration at the blocks. Why did the work pour out somedays and others it was just like reinventing the wheel? I have found that artists are just like musicians, so when things are not working it is just the rehearsal for the ‘real’ work. Over the next week I am going to discuss the Twelve Qualities of a Creative Artist, starting tomorrow with the first  quality – Raw Talent. Please add your own comments

River of Life 1, 81 x 101 cm

River of Life 1 from the 2010 Spirit of Trees series.