The French master sculptor, Rodan, was once quoted as saying ‘ the artist enriches the soul of humanity and delights people with a thousand unsuspected shades of feeling’ For someone to reach this level in their creative output they first have to have a vision and a purpose for their life’s work. They may even need to get out of their own way and allow the real work to flow. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has written several books on this subject which are great reading for artists.
Many have talked about an aspect of studio work where a spiritual richness emerges in the work as though they are being guided by higher power. Cy Thombly, an acclaimed American artist, has learned to wait on the flow. He is well known for his energetic scribbled paintings and like New York based artist Max Gimblett, gets in touch with the inner artist through eastern based practices of meditation. Whatever the principals behind creative work, you first need to be disciplined to turn up on a regular basis to the studio.
Value your creative time and the best way I find to do this is to create goals that are defined by time. We continually ask.. where did all that time go? Not surprisingly, setting goals for each day, actually gets things done. Allowing time everyday for studio thinking even if not studio working, causes us to realise that everything needed is all around us, and the way to access anything is to value what you already have, and be grateful for it. How do others access flow? I would love to see your comments here
‘ I stand before the sea, my childhood drifting before me in the passage that separates the island [me] from the mainland [life]. The ebb and flow of the tide washes to the beach the flotsam and jetsam of ships and people that have passed by me. Exposed to this debris, life will continue; just every now and then I stop to clean up the shoreline.’ Lyne Marshall