Painting onto canvas can be an incredibly limiting presumption about our creativity, which we get caught in early on…
Using shop-bought materials for our art, particularly for surfaces is a form of colonisation of our immense creative potential. Myriad, meaningful surfaces are in fact all around us – and often freely available.
When we begin using materials that we find around us, we develop a solid foundation of relationship and depth of story within our work, which can be a missing link, when we use something prefabricated industrially.
Using found materials makes our work more unique, and more specific to our place and time. It might also make our work more relevant, more connected, more interconnected; give it a place in the world different from that of a image painted on a manufactured surface. http://www.claregalloway.com
Sustaining a serious creative practise – or even getting started with one! – is an art. Several distinct pillars have to simultaneously be kept in place, inner and outer worlds need to be synchronised, and we need to prise a certain level of freedom from the condensed tightness of expected-conformity that surrounds us in the modern world.
Many creative folks get stuck before even beginning; “I don’t have the time, the space, the energy, the ideas, the enthusiasm…!” – or they run out of any/ all of these elements, over the years…
This is a podcast around how we can listen to the flow that is in all things – the harmony of divine creative intelligence – to understand how best to find our space, our creative liberty, the deepest purpose and meaning in our work and life.
It can seem impossible to prise the time and space to create, from our rushed consciousness. It’s getting easier and more ‘normal’ rather, to give in to the onslaught of superficial stimulation, global concerns, the sense that we are in a state of emergency… Art might feel like the last thing we should be doing, whilst forests are burning, ice caps melting, people killing each other…
However, there is profound meaning and purpose in removing ourselves from the conventional mindset (and behaviour), and in beginning to carve out space to make, time to ruminate, energy to express ourselves, focus to allow there to be flow. It is a revolutionary act to begin to harness and harvest our time much as we return to food-growing and reclaiming our capacity to live off the land – taking our focus away from consuming and from forcing things into being, and bringing it into the quiet magic of the underlying perfection of Life.
If you have a creative calling, it’s very likely that the universe (and other humans!) will support you in it. It’s not an accident that we’re born with such passions and callings that want to come through us, and daring to step into our time and space as sovereign, sacred, this is of the most powerful healing acts that we do in this world.
If you’re seriously struggling with this, however, I’m developing The Divine Creative mentoring programme, to help get you onto the aligned path with your gifts… See more via these pages.
If you’d also like to hear more about how I personally dove into divine creative flow, to manifest my magical arthouse and Free Life in Italy – see my video about How I Came To Be In Guardia Sanframondi.
More soon from this blogcast – but as ever, see everything that I’m creating via Patreon.
Click here to download a current copy of my art catalogue – and here to see my arthouse for sale website.
Go to Vacation With An Artist to learn how you can visit Guardia Sanframondi in Italy, and work side by side with me in my studio.
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Blessings on your day, and on your creative expansion into the divinity of life,
In my earlier life as an artist, this time of year regularly brought out the ‘necessity’ of hustling: art fairs, pop-up shops, exhibitions, trying to gain visibility and traction for the buying season…
The internet has exacerbated our collective tension and acceleration into Christmas selling enormously… maybe we all felt that social media and automation must ease being seen and selling… but mostly it seems to mean overload and distraction on every possible level – and being seen in all of this means leaning in awfully heavily.
I’ve felt myself increasingly drawn in quite the contrary direction from the mainstream – and all the immense effort and strain has fallen away. My patrons and art clients now have a direct line to my creations, and new supporters are drawn without my having to lasso them!
I talk about my approach in this podcast:
As visual artists and creators, being visible should come effortlessly… If it doesn’t, if being visible is strenuous or unpleasant, then we’re probably just stuck in the wrong flow, and we need to re-navigate into a more harmonious one.
Hallo beautiful human – welcome to my new blogcast!
My art was censored and I was blocked from mainstream social media earlier this year, so had an extended period of reflection on what this means – on why the human body is being routinely classified as pornographic and offensive, and removed from common parlance.
Here are some thoughts around what a serious issue we have, allowing the wholesale censorship of art depicting-human-likeness. Ultimately, having the nude human form (our innocent self!) removed entirely from visibility enormously affects our relationship with our bodies, our consciousness and will, our sense of identity and ability to express ourselves in the world, and most importantly, it disconnects us from our core creative power.
Censorship like this consequently supports our detachment from deeper truth, leaving us very much open to manipulation and addictions – hence the movement towards the majority of us being super-dependent on consistent superficial over-stimulation, on rushing-and-tension as baseline ‘normal’.
We can do a lot to change this – and to rejuvenate our collective values – in particular by supporting art and artists, who are at the edge of all things, making our human experience larger.
Please consider being a patron to the arts (e.g. through Patreon); please make artists more visible through liking, commenting on and sharing their work online; please speak out about censorship, or even contact the corporations who are censoring (Facebook and Instagram are major culprits); and please tell artists directly – and tell other people! – that you value their work.
For every artwork censored, for every artist blocked from the language of the everyday, the world becomes less colourfull, more superficial, less rich and magical… Think about that, and do something about it!http://www.claregalloway.com