ART COMMENTARY

Letting the Magic In

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"Living by synchronicity isn't merely about getting messages.
It is about growing the poetic consciousness that allows us to taste and touch what rhymes
and resonates in the world we inhabit,
and how the world-behind-the-world reveals itself
by fluttering the veils of our consensual reality."
~ Robert Moss

 

Once I understood what makes a painting and how to paint, I found that the real art of painting was showing up and working……   Discipline.  It is a good thing;  It is a training that we as artists must cultivate in order for magic to happen. 

Why do I say this?  What does discipline provide?  As I come into the studio and paint regularly, several things seem to happen.  I become intimate with my own way of painting.  I am constantly exploring how to apply the paint, what colors I am drawn to, touching in with my intuition and building a strong connection to what is taking place.  I am observing, experiencing, incubating, and integrating while I paint and after I leave the studio.  In this way,  I am deepening my awareness of my process of painting and my relationships to my marks, the paint, the surface and the space. 

Discipline allows me to experience what excites me and what does not.  The more I paint, the more I learn to trust and follow the decisions I make as I paint.  As I become more familiar, I find a desire to push beyond my comfort zone to even more exploration and expansiveness. 

Discipline anchors me.  It provides a reservoir of knowledge and builds a foundation,  a remembrance in my body, a kind of comfort.  When I relax, a sense of spaciousness with expanded possibilities arises .  I become more sensitive to the materials, the process and the sensations.  I become more attuned to the sultleties, happy accidents, amazing coincidences, and synchronicities of the moment. 

Discipline is not a dull, rote, mindless process.  On the contrary, it is an enlivened process of getting intimate; growing a painting consciousness.  And, because of this active discipline, I can begin to recognize magic when it happens.    

I invite you to share your viewpoint on discipline in your creative practice.