Honoring the oneness of everything is what artists do when we create out of nothing.
More often than not the mind tries to figure out “what to paint.” A wave of images from books and other artists flow through the mind, and there is EXPECTATION.
Gotta paint a face as good as the other artist’s face rendering. But that is not creating from nothing.
What if you sit or stand in your art area and don’t have a clue what to do next. That is creating from nothing. It can be scary and boring.
Actually, I sat down at my computer to write this post and I didn’t have a clue what to write, but I trusted that something would come. I centered myself in meditation, noticing all the images flying through my mind and settled on a journal I made. Writing always flows easily to me and I trust it.
The idea of creating from nothing intrigues me and I have a lot of curiosity about diving deeply into the art.
What if it didn’t matter
- that the art turned out like crap (every day)?
- that all you could manage was two pink dots?
- that you felt like actually destroying the page?
- that you struggled and had nothing inside?
- that people would not take you seriously?
- that you doubted yourself 100% but still showed up?
- that you felt like you wouldn’t get anywhere with your art–ever?
It all comes down to trusting the process. If you feel like putting down one pink dot on the paper, do it. Feel within what paint you might like next and go for it. Slap it on, splatter it, wipe it into a brown mess, stab it with pencils, yell at it, add some collage, hate everything that comes out, but then…
Something happens. A spark, a clarity of sorts, a direct connection within that sets you on the track to something unexpected and beautiful.
It is effortless at this point and you will always love what comes out even if it seems weird (and wonderful.)
Convention is hard to crack. We don’t want to ruin the pristine look of our expensive art journal pages, etcetera.
I watched a video by an artist who took cheap composition books and made them into art journals. One interesting part was to crunch up every sheet of paper inside. She pointed out we’re connected to everything in life and the paper had once been a tree. By crunching it up she released the energy of the tree and set it free. I loved that idea. It set the paper on a whole new course.
Also, everything we touch is imprinted with our energy. When we make a journal, it’s truly imprinted with our own DNA, and it makes us own our art on a deeper level.
It was a lot of fun to make the journal and there is no preciousness about it. I can paint ugly all the way. It’s about diving deep and getting some answers through art. No one needs to see the art and judge it.
It is a very freeing way to be more YOU.
The artist who inspired this process is Catt Geller.
If we can see the wholeness, the oneness, of which we are part and know that the art we’re called to make has purpose, all we have to do is put one pink dot in front of the other and go from there.
Ugly is okay and an honored process.
P.S. Speaking of making an art journal from scratch, why not make collage papers from scratch as well? I have a great mini e-course on that. You can check it out HERE.