Monday, June 22, 2009

My Authentic Self

I've been very busy lately doing the mundane but oftentimes necessary work needed to garner some wages. Add to that spring time activities, i.e. gardening, cleaning and refreshing the interior spaces, and clearly my neverending search for my authentic self has been put on the back burner yet again.

Enter Robyn, author of one of my favourite blogs Art Propelled, and her latest inspiring posts. I don't know where she finds the time to research/find the numerous creative spaces that she so selflessly shares on her blog but I sure am grateful she does. Her latest posts are about a free on-line mini course, Deepening Creativity-Reclaiming your authenticity with creativity, given by Shelley Klammer,Intuitive Artist. As I read about Robyn's foray into the 10-minute collage exercises I immediately felt this could be of some benefit to me. And so, here is my first attempt.

I am a true control freak so this will be a challenge, one that I hope will help me abandon the need to always plan outcomes. Nothing just happens with me...I have even managed to put Order in Chaos.

Chaos Acrylic on canvas (2006)

Order Acrylic on canvas (2006)

Chaos & Order start out the same, one layer at a time. Yet at some point, as each layer is applied, things start to get out of control. It is only by extracting each layer, one step at a time, that order is restored. And in the end, even in Chaos there is Order.

I'm hoping the daily collages are going to help me find my authentic self. Maybe that is a pretty tall order, but I'm up for the creativity and I know I'm in here somewhere!


Karin Bartimole said...

great start! I really like this image - did it reveal any surprises for you?
I love that you are planning on doing the daily 10 minute collages. I'm sure it's going to be a rich and rewarding experience for you :)

Robyn said...

Oh I'm so glad you are doing the workshop. The beauty of it is you can squeeze a 10 minute collage into a busy day and if you keep it up it becomes a creative habit that you can really benefit from.

Your paintings Chaos and Order are so interesting. Seeing the two together, one extreme to the other. Thanks for the generous mention. Enjoy your journey!

Seth said...

As somebody who understands both chaos and control, this post totally resonates with me. Off to check into that online course. Thanks!

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