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Creativity: Spiral Abstract Series Revisited

Spiral Abstract "Mesmerizing", 8 x 10" oil painting in progress.

“Mesmerizing”, 8 x 10″ oil painting in progress.

Today I worked on a new painting. I’ve truly missed painting daily. I would like to get back to that. I may have to give myself a challenge to make it happen. Haven’t decided what that will be just yet. A painting a day? A larger painting a week? I’ll let you know what I decide in a later post.

My Spiral Abstract Series started way back when in 2002. Throughout the years I have revisited the series and painted series within the series. You may be wondering what is this thing you call a “Spiral Abstract”? Well, I call it the Spiral Abstract Series because every painting starts with a central spiral, usually in yellow. I like to think of it as the “entry point” for my painting.

Staring at a blank canvas can be a bit intimidating if you don’t know where to start. That first twirl of the brush in the counter clock direction is where I start. It breaks up the white of the blank canvas, teasing me with it’s starkness. It’s like taking a jump into the canvas and the spiral is the ripple of the paint spreading over the surface. It represents movement, as if the canvas were spinning out of control.

What comes after the spiral is the abstract part of the painting. It’s expressionist in the process of painting whatever pops into my mind as I mix paint and sometimes use a spray bottle of water to blur lines and create layers of interest.

Sometimes the abstracts morph into something more representational, like a flower or the sun. I paint with oil paints, but because they are water mixable oils, I can use them more like a watercolor. Washes of color rather than brush strokes emerge from the canvas that started out blank and accusing.

The colors, spirals, swirls, marks, flower petals and all elements of the painting come from my Spirit. Called the Muse, God, Holy Spirit, Universe. Whatever you call it, it is something within and without me. It’s all around and it’s the source of all creativity in the Universe. I don’t control it, it tells me where to move the paint to next. Painting is a meditation/prayer for me. It keeps me connected to my source of life. It is my reason for living. It’s the thing I came here to experience.

It’s not easy to describe the creative process. Personally, I think this is because we the artists are merely the channel through which the creative energy passes. It’s a trance state in it’s purest form. I don’t know any other way to say it! So there you go! 🙂 Thank you so much for reading my ramblings! Sign up for blog updates up in the upper right corner of this page. 🙂

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Morning Rituals

I watched a video this morning that talked about the morning rituals of successful people. Basically, it said that all successful people have something in common. They have a morning ritual they go through every morning before they start their day. Whether it be exercise or meditation, visualizing or reading, successful people know they must focus themselves to have success in their day.

I too have a morning ritual, though I’m still working on making it an everyday ritual. I have noticed that the days I DON’T do my ritual, usually end up as bad days. There is something to this. The morning ritual helps us to focus our energy and get in the right frame of mind to start our day.

I start my morning ritual with exercise. AFTER I drink a couple cups of coffee of course! Though I will admit, I’ve been thinking about doing away with the coffee. I switched to decaf years ago, so it’s not the caffeine I crave, it’s just the morning ritual I’ve had for the longest amount of time.

After the morning workout I eat a good breakfast, shower, get dressed and head over to my art studio.

This is where the heart of my morning ritual happens. I start with reading. I’m currently reading a book called “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach. Before that, I read a random chapter from “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life” by Wayne Dyer. In the past, I’ve read a verse from the Bible or another inspirational book. The idea of the reading is to put myself in the frame of mind I need to be in before I meditate/pray.

Once I finish my reading, I start with a prayer. Sometimes it’s for someone or something specific, sometimes I pray for the entire world. I always end with the Reiki prayer that goes something like this:

“Just for today,

I will not worry,

I will not be angry,

I will do my work honestly,

I will be grateful for all the many blessings in my life,

I will be kind to all living beings.”

After my prayers, I meditate with my eyes closed for anywhere between 5-25 minutes. Depending on the day, sometimes it’s difficult to remain quiet for that long. The most important thing about meditation is the practice. It’s never perfect and I’m not trying to be perfect. My goal is to quiet my mind and go within. To connect to my higher power, Divine Source or whatever name/label you give it.

I always feel peaceful and centered when I go through my daily morning ritual. I can get through my day in joy, peace and love. A big part of my prayer is being grateful. Gratitude can do SO much to change your attitude! Gratitude opens the door for more.

Some of my most inspired (In Spirit) paintings and pieces of art come from my meditation practice. It feels to me like my soul is directly connected to my spiritual source when I meditate. The only way to describe it is it’s like Spirit is whispering ideas in my head or sometimes shows me an image in my mind’s eye while I meditate. Many people have told me they can sense the higher energy from these paintings. I’ve always said, they aren’t MY ideas, I’m merely the channel they come through.

Some days I will also write in my journal, things I’m grateful for or things I need to get out of my head.

Some days I feel pressure to get right to work and skip my morning ritual. I always regret that decision. Now that I’ve learned that lesson, I skip my ritual less and less. It usually takes something urgent and dramatic to make me skip it. A call from one of the kids, traveling out of town, camping or just staying home on vacation.

My morning ritual means a lot to me. I don’t think I would last long without it. The exercise gives me energy, the meditation gives me inner peace. I highly recommend giving it a try if you don’t already!