Monday, February 6th, 2012 at
A short post today…….sharing some more of Hundertwasser’s Kawakawa. In relation to last weeks post on what to paint – I think we could do far worse than to take a leaf out of Hundertwasser’s book. He so obviously followed his heart and trusted where it took him. Not to say that there weren’t moments of doubt etc. but how glad we can be that he did and how much more enriched is the world and our lives for that.
Today’s Question: What can you do this week that might enrich the world and the lives of others in some way?
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 at
What is the one thing that nearly all artists struggle with?
A simple question really – What should I paint?
Why is this such a problematic question then?
It is problematic because there is always that fine line between, what I want to paint and will people want to buy it? This is true for artists who want to make a career/living out of selling their art work. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been down that road and become trapped in that way of thinking. The problem is that when you begin thinking like this, you cut yourself off from your own creativity because you can no longer allow your creative intuition to do its part. You shut down the voice of your creativity. The fact is that we can never make anyone else in this world happy by our actions. To try and second guess what some one else might want to buy is not only a complete exercise in futility, it is absurd.
To further confuse the issue is the traditional business point of view which talks about customer profiles, target markets and all that sort of thing. The fact is that this model does not allow the truly creative artist to create unconditionally, which is where they will do their most brilliant work. You cannot fetter creativity and expect a great result, it must be allowed the freedom to become what it is meant to be.
And on top of this if you are trying to market your work through the gallery system, they will want you to develop a recognizable style and stick to it. You become a nicely packaged commodity and are expected to keep churning out similar things if you want to get shown in the right places.
In light of all of this it is to your advantage to decide early on, what kind of an artist you want to be.
Today’s Question: What kind of an artist are you?
Monday, January 9th, 2012 at
A foray into the Celestine Prophecies recently acquainted me with the idea that the first stage of spiritual awakening is when we perceive beauty within everything, that all things have their own inherent beauty. As a creative person, this is something that resonates very deeply with me. I find it fascinating therefore that some people who profess to have great spiritual insight, put forward the idea that this world is just a place of suffering and misery and basically ugly and un-spiritual along with everyone in it.
And yet there so so much beauty everywhere we look if we but have the eyes to see it. One of the great benefits of training in the visual arts – painting, drawing etc is that you are taught to see the world in a very different way. You learn to be more present to your surroundings and pay attention to things that would otherwise completely pass you by.
Today’s Question: What loveliness can you find in your world today?
Monday, December 19th, 2011 at
In the last post I was speaking about people being ‘full cups’, an affliction which unfortunately often affects people in authority positions – CEO’s, small business owners, long serving employees.
Now what do they all have in common? It could be called ‘the familiarity breeds blindness syndrome’. We are living in a rapidly changing world – something many people do not really fully comprehend as yet. Old ways of doing things no longer work, business models are changing. Methods that sold widgets 20, 10 or even 5 years ago will not work well today. We have moved from the information age into the age of creativity. There are a few major business on the world stage, some of the bigger corporations that have cottoned on to this and consequently, now employ creativity experts on their staff.
What does this have to do with familiarity and blindness? People or businesses that are in a rut tend to just repeat the same old same old. Because it worked once it should still work. This approach however ignores one of the fundamental laws of the universe, which is that change is the only certainty. The advantage creativity experts have is that they are trained to think differently, they don’t see the world through the same paradigm as everyone else and they are not attached to a particular outcome. Therefore they can be open to all possibilities. They also have high pattern recognition skills, which allow them to follow paths, others cannot perceive.
The faster the world moves, the more need we have for creative thinkers, just to help the rest of us keep up.
Today’s Question: How are you managing to see around the blind spots in your own life?
Monday, November 28th, 2011 at
A friend shared these photos recently in an email. They are such fun I had to share them with you – brings a whole new perspective to farming don’t you think?
What farm boys do when they get bored!!!
Hay Henge – Awesome!!!
This satellite dish is just amazing – I mean who would have ever thought of doing that with hay bales? Certainly not me!! I am constantly astounded by other peoples creativity.
Who would have thought that one could be soooo creative with hay bales. Some of these are just amazing.
and last but not least…..
I apologize for no Pix credits as I don’t know where they came from originally.
Monday, November 21st, 2011 at
The more I understand the nature of change, the more I realize that all we have is NOW. Further more, the quality of my NOW is my life and also influences what I’m creating in the future.
When you are in touch with your creative flow you are always in the NOW.
Time doesn’t exist or becomes irrelevant. I find that many of my students often experience this, with the ending of the class seeming to creep up on them almost unawares! Their reactions lead me to believe that for many of them this is the first time in their lives they have had this experience of timeless connection to their creative source.
When we love what we are doing we are connected to our highest flow and source of well being. Things happen effortlessly and life is good. How might you bring more of this grace and ease into your own life this week? What is one thing you can do to find your perfect now?