Painting to me consists of a ritualistic practice, one where I enter the designated sacred creative space in a concentrated clear mind focus. The key to good flow is preparation. Having the right tools set out, in the right place, the music, the overall atmosphere is all important. Throughout an an average day, we get up, we eat, shovel the walk, we go to work, we text, we drink coffee or tea, we sit in meetings, we sit at red lights, we walk the pets….you catch my drift, we do a lot of multi tasking. Okay now forget all of this and relax. Take some time to feel where you are at and stick with that feeling. Make that your daily practice, if even for a minute. Practice this and bit by bit you will find that you can focus, you can make the time to be creative. This is key preparation before entering the sacred creative space. Whatever sacred is to you make it so, there is no one right way. I happen to enjoy the act of smudging before practice. I was once gifted a bald eagle feather by a young eagle once upon a time on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, which now functions as part of the smudging ritual I practice before entering the creative process. I set my intentions, and recite any mantras that encourage devotion to my practice and thankfulness for the creative space and the openness to channel creative energy in a productive and healthy way. Three easy steps: breathe, relax and clear the spaces; these are the headspace, heartspace and physical space. The smudge zaps any negative energy from entering the creative space, preserving the sacred and enabling true freedom to express without the rational mind interfering. I think you will be pleasantly surprised, it is a bit of a departure from self expression or drawing solely from the self, and in doing so opening up to the creative energy that is truly abundant in all actuality. Please feel free to expand on the outlet, it is limitless. Through the act of art one can be immersed in the moment to moment, and mark by mark, make something out of nothing, ex nihilo nihil fit.
Currently I am in collaboration with the magical Agent R, and we are in fact taking ‘nothing’ (a white canvas, though that is something..) and turning that ‘nothing’ into something. It is a combination of dreamtime, and the exploration, both cognitive and otherwise, of the ancients, which lately consists of the Egyptians and so called mythological Atlanteans. I am slowly beginning to realize just how much these early civilizations help shape who I am in this lifetime and the role that art plays in my life, not so much a hobby as much as an ancient form of expression, information sharing, and the movement towards utilizing the human brain to its fullest potential.
Even if you make one mark a day, do it. The joy painting is experiencing time melt away and getting in rhythm with your inner creative child that can easily get lost as we grow older, it is always accessible, when you take the time to experience the magic of being you in this widely unexplored universe. Music, painting, drawing, you name the creative process. Now remember that the ‘left brain equals creativity’, is in actuality not entirely true, when you get creative, you are using the whole brain, and thats the magic. I think we are expected to get lazy as we get old, so that we will always rely on others to fill the void, this is an old recipe and thats food for thought.
Fotomahaloness- sacred space and inspirational painting exploration
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