IT’S AN ART TO GO WITH FLOW
OUR BRAINS ARE AMAZING – BUT THERE ARE TIMES WHEN THEY CAN INTERFERE UNTIL WE SLOW DOWN
Ihad an interesting conversation with a friend this week who is an artist at heart and a businessman by necessity. mentioned how he seems to paint in different styles at different times and asked if that is the same for all artists. While he could only answer that question for himself, he agreed that his style does vary according to certain things. One is the environment where he is painting – a studio or outdoors, for example. That is understandable because one could be seen as mostly static and the other as an ever-shifting environment with all of the challenges that may present in relation to temperature, humidity, wind, sun, light, shadow, movement etc and each requires a certain set of skills. He went on to describe that the other main aspect that influences his style is his mindset. In other words, if he is painting during a busy period at work then his mind may not be on the artwork he is creating but rather on the events of the day. He went on to compare that to what happens when he takes time out and goes on a painting trip. His style on the first day or so is very different from that of the third day and beyond due to the fact that his mind is settling, and he is becoming more relaxed and at one with the immediate environment. I know very little about art apart from how I feel about a certain piece, yet I can understand that art, or any creative pursuit really, flows much more easily for the creator when it comes from the heart and innate ability rather than from the rational, logical brain. Our brains are wonderful and powerful, and they can sometimes get in the way of certain types of creativity. The difference between my experience of one creative piece over another is my ability to connect with it or not and feel what the creator was connecting to and feeling at the time, or not. I imagine that if someone is painting, sculpting or creating, it’s because they love to do that and their creativity and connection to that piece flows naturally. It’s not about the money or recognition primarily and their work would reflect that. Equally I can imagine that if someone was under pressure to be creative in order to make money then that would influence their work and could get in the way of their natural connection and flow and, again, the piece would reflect that and be felt by others. I feel that it is only when we are truly connecting with who we are, where we are and what and how we are doing something that we find flow and inspiration in the moment and allow others to see and connect with that part of us too.