RSS

Creative Life: An Exercise in Stillness

01 Apr

The equivalent of taking time to smell the roses, for the artist, might be taking time to observe the lives and works of other artists.  This is an enriching process which sheds light on ones own creative condition as well as providing fodder, in the form of new ideas and approaches, for one’s own artistic development.

Subscribing to this time out for involvement in the life and work of a fellow artist requires a bit of relinquishing self and ego.  Whatever project we have on the front burner must, by necessity, be moved to the back, put on low flame for a bit.  We temporarily suspend our current pallet of personal feelings – joy in success and love, despair in loneliness, failed work – to open up space for the feelings and emotional condition of our colleague.

Here is a subtle exercise to facilitate engagement in this process of sitting with the other guy for a little while.  Our subject is a still life by Harrisburg painter Corey Fou Chong.  Music for the piece is provided by guitarist/composer Michael Stokes..

still life of a bowl of tomatoes

a still life invites us, ourselves, to stillness

. Our subject is a still life – bright red tomatoes piled high in a blue ceramic bowl. One lonely sister, outcast, hides beneath a veil of green leaves.

Mr. Ford’s still life speaks of the artist’s own condition of calm, and his deep feeling, his valuing, of simple objects in simple states. Mr. Stokes’ gentle guitar strums also invite us to settle, to be still ourselves, and engage with Mr. Ford in this exquisite valuing, appreciation, of a simple, but exquisitely colored domestic scene.

We might take this moment of calm with us, and this appreciation for the infinite detail and wonderful organization in mundane objects and scenes, and discover in the process that a door has opened to us, enabled us to move forward again in our own creative struggle.

spark on!
midisparks

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on April 1, 2013 in creative cycle

 

Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
4am Writer

Survival Guide for Writers

Doodlewash

Adventures in Watercolor Painting and Sketching, Watercolour Magazine, with Charlie O'Shields

The Richness of a Simple Life

Encourage, Inspire, Empower

Business in Rhyme

inspiring personal growth through poetry and writing

leaf and twig

where observation and imagination meet nature in poetry

Attila Ovari

Loving Life and Inspiring Others

Color by Klimbim

https://www.flickr.com/photos/22155693@N04/

The Journey: Rediscovering Myself

Finding motivation to change my life for the better

@muz4now

Stan Stewart - the muse is present

Truth-no-Consequence

Because if You're Going to Lie, Lie Yourself the TRUTH

John SterVens' Tales

Thee Life, Thee Heart, Thee Tears

Simple Tom

Some say I was born high. Others say i'm just simple :)

Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.

The Evolution of Eloquence

Improving the English language one letter at a time

creativetidalwave

Just another WordPress.com site

DIS CRIS

Just Click It

LEANNE COLE

Fine Art Photographer ~ Daring to be Different

%d bloggers like this: