a life creative
“You don’t have to wait for something ‘meaningful’ to come into your life so that you can finally enjoy what you do. There is more meaning in joy than you will ever need. The ‘waiting to start living’ syndrome is one of the most common delusions of the unconscious state.”
As with most folk on a creative path I live with the paradox of the above quote and the on-and-off struggle with artistic doubt. I experience the sheer joy of making art alongside angsty what’s-the-point days…and who doesn’t?
The reason I started the mARTEdì posts was so that I’d set myself a deadline day with a ‘notebook’ in which to put out something I’ve made. The deadlines of late have been liminal [I’ve missed the last 2 and today is actually mercoledì], and most likely what I post is imperfect: half-finished or just begun, a thumbnail sketch – just ANYTHING, so that months don’t go before I realise I haven’t put creative intention to paper. An imperfectly done thing, as they say, is better than a flawless nothing at all.
Our current world is one in which we have been conditioned to line up with perfection in all facets of our lives: if we aren’t seeing the befores and afters on social media, we are at least seeing the shiny end product – bodies, lifestyles, food, art, etc. We don’t witness the mess or the hours of hard slog that cobble the road there, the observing, planning, learning, the woeful mistakes, the low lows, scribbling, musing, editing and scrapping that goes on to bring you the finely crafted mask of perfection. It can create a sense that we should be waiting for the right moment to arrive before we present anything – because we fear it won’t measure up to what’s out there. I’m not saying that honing a craft towards perfection is false – edit, rework, edit again and make it your best thing – but the constant stream of airbrushed perfect end product fosters expectation and disappointment. That fused with tidal sensations of artistic inadequacy denies good old fashioned fun. Playing around experimenting with colour, line, space and materials, or with language, and the experience of being present in that moment of making something imperfect is what fulfils and self-fuels creative energy and meaning.
Documented or not, every moment’s the right one. From there, the rest happens organically.
So now that I’ve longwindedly excused my artistic imperfections and skipped deadlines, please enjoy the last few weeks’ dabbles.
These are a few colour studies for a planned larger work.
These were done with the Lyra watercolours, which I adore, but for something larger I’m tossing up between outlined indian ink or acrylic.
Oil’s out of the question as its drying time and my patience aren’t in the same galaxy 🙂
A Rediscovery from Vedic Art
While at Christine Persson’s place for Vedic art on Sunday, she unearthed this. It’s unfinished, from last year [or the year before??] and I’d completely forgotten about it.
It’s very Steiner-esque!
I started reworking it, at turns feeling doubtful and that I should have left it alone, and seeing that there was potential in pursuing it.
At the end of the session I took it home and yesterday began outlining the foreground elements in black ink.
Some aspects I like, but I’m still dubious – and that’s why I like this piece. Not because it’s any good, but for the internal directions it’s taking me; the way it’s making me question, and it prods me to want to further explore art therapy some time in the future, a career I seriously considered pursuing at the age of 16 and then again in the months before coming to Italy.
Hmmm. We’ll see.
Cheers and Ciao,
custom retreats and workshops in tuscany
Fatos e Curiosidades sobre a Natureza e tecnologia
"per l' allegria il pianeta nostro è poco attrezzato. Bisogna strappare la gioia ai giorni futuri "
by Isabelle Warren
a resource for moving poetry
Linking collage work to the meaning of personal and universal symbols.
This is my adventurous story about buying, designing, and renovating homes in ITALY
guardian of irish mythology
is currently taking a break from blogging x
Attempting not to make too little or too much sense
I help you unlock the peace and strength already within you
Book Humour. A Sideways Perspective on the Bonkers Business of Books
"C’è molta speranza, ma nessuna per noi." (Franz Kafka)
Finding my way back out of motherhood -- while mothering
Expatty-cakes: Diary of an American southerner turned expat
Grand adventures and global wanderings. Next stop: Italy.
Discover the truth about mental health
"El Mundo Visible es Sólo un Pretexto" / "The Visible World is Just a Pretext".-
Vignettes from a multi-lingual, multi-cake-eating freelance existence
Eyes ten degrees above the horizon
about women who do amazing things
by Mike McGuire
A Creative State of Mind
Writing for Children and Young Adults #amwriting
About fantastical places and other stuff
Underground Energy - Scientific Documentation of the failures of an OCD albatross + friends
A topnotch WordPress.com site
I write, I love, I run, I play, I break things.
In the Groove...
Blog e progetto editoriale di poesia
Words of Wonder, Worry and Whimsy
se non sarò serena, mi rasserenerò
Global issues, travel, photography & fashion. Drifting across the globe; the world is my oyster, my oyster through a lens.
Brian Marggraf, Author of Dream Brother: A Novel, Independent publishing advocate, New York City dweller
Bringing you love through spirit!
Poetry, musings and sightings from where the country changes
A peaceful place to relax while on my wild joyride to Egypt from South Carolina.
Sewing, illustration and design.