The Spring 2017 ARTstirrer is here! I hope it will bring some inspiration on nature of life as well as visual pleasures. There is a reminder of some blog posts if you missed them and something to make you smile...
I smell pencils- yes that is true. When the metal box is open I am not able to control myself- the old fashion mixture of a graphite and wood can awake so much in my mind. A big part is the childhood memories- wooden pencils were a desirable object in communistic Poland before 1989. Kids cherished the box of pencils like a treasure of the highest level. There are lots of other crazy things I do around my creative interests but they are all not socially damaging I suppose...At least that is what I like to think! All my reflexion about some of those crazy (or just perfectly normal behaviours) came to mind when I explored the subject of...oil painting. Why? because I came across a very "serious" art page. You know so serious that I almost died of instant boredom and went to autopilot "I am reading but I do not know what I am reading anyway". It just dawned on me that creativity does not always equal art but at the same time there is no fascinating art without true creativity...
Every creative knows the term "creative block". The moment of stoppage when creative flow seems to be the past, there is a lot of quiet time with lacking of any inspiration- shortly speaking the pain of not being able to enjoy creative process like before. From time to time I find myself there too. It is a rather dark moment of painful realisation that creativity left me, making my life hell and the future is...dark...very dark. Many times it happened, many time it will return. Recently I had a deeper reflection on the purpose of that blockage. Or maybe more like the real reason it happens...
It always makes me wonder how creatives choose what to create. Why some would be paining the same object/style over and over and some despite great technical skills for let's say realistic opt for very abstract or simple form of expression. what is then "pure expression". Is it nicely presented object to please the audience and gather "oh, ah" or something that comes from within?
As you know in September Ave Art is coming to England with her wonderful workshops. It is not just a "workshop" it is a createfulness adventure to go beyond your ego limitation and meet...you! Yes - your true creative self! But it is also a collaborative experience us I will be there to support those 3 days. We are two artists who despite of different countries of origin, native languages and life, age, work experience...found something in common! The desire to create from your heart and outside the barriers of your own ego- we have a passion for exploring that connection, creativity and self-expression...Join the adventure...of self-discovery. Below you can read a bit more about what is it going to be...
Recently my thoughts got directed towards the dilemma of creative life. All the confusion around the term as well as preconceptions and assumptions. We live in the world of definitions, life concepts and in constant search for ultimate solutions. Those who happen to be creatives are faced with the demand of defying their "point of existence"-what, why and how they create- how do they make this creativity a
lifehood? And here starts the never ending discussion about how we are meant to be having this creative life. But what if creativity is actually taking its own independent stroll towards something not being defined by socially approved concepts?
February 2017 Artstirrer is out- slowing down and looking at life through painted lenses are this season's recommendations. There are few new things coming up- workshop collaboration with Ave Art finally coming to England and new filming project...
I got really inspired by somebody's comment on one of my art post saying "This is maybe not what you wanted to create but it is something that needed to be expressed". This is all about standing open to your own creativity. Are we fully honest with ourself and our art in whatever shape it takes? There is that trust deeply rooted in a creative process, in order to make it possible to take over our human desire to control, expect and approve.
So...big news is...that 4 years ago I was a student of 21 Secrets workshop that helped me to take first steps in this creative journey. I took the classes without any art experience, simply trusting that my creativity and willingness to learn be enough to do it. This year almost 4 years later I am one of the teachers for embody edition! We have a line up of 21 amazing teachers (including painters like Olga Furman, Renata Loree and Kara Bullock) as well as art journales like Amanda Grace - all touching with their unique art approach, subjects like healing, body image, self-acceptance. And of course it is just me having the most complicated name among them all with no doubt! :)
I am more than thrilled to let you know that Anne-Marie van Eck will be bringing her art workshops to England. We combined our strengths together and prepared for you collaborative project! So all who complained about her not coming to UK please now stay quiet! It will be my small debut in the world of group workshops so I am very excited too...and all to be happening in my local area, close to where I live so feels like a dream!
Over a year of this small publication:) January 2017 fresh issue of thoughts, motivational quotes and images for your creativity. Feed the soul, create more:) Happy 2017 to all! Looking forward to bring more inspiration and healing art to the world in this year:)
I feel like art has a strong ability to create a sense of hope. Hope not only in terms of artistic growth but hope in general when we see beyond challenges and circumstances, beyond limitations and obstacles of life. Creating is being open to failure, being ready for painful slap when you do not meet your own expectations. Despite that why do we return to creating because of hunger for expression, need of creativity? Yes but the most importantly we return because of..hope.
I have been creating variety of art and creative things for over 3 years now. Art journals are my speciality but my creative adventure is far beyond that in forms of paintings, assemblage, variety of collage, art blog writing, filming inspirational clips and more. The stage you get to after the initial brave start, then exploring more and more, is the...real fun stage. This is when you start going deeper with your art, communicating more - but what is the most magical is the skill to let go expectations and create purely for the process of "art happening". You are now able to re-use your own art as personal attachment is lower, being free to mess about, accept failure without worry and move on. Almost like the best life coaching session ever- just with the use of your own creativity!?
So back to my wonders and thoughts about engaging with creative process. Do we make art to make or do we process the art making? Lots of people have a concept of art as "making something"- preferably something visual that can be seen or touch. Then we suddenly walk into a totally different tribe of people making art for just the sake of making, they on about the process and processing things through the art, through painting, lines and marks making, splashing colours, cutting pieces of paper, and other activities involving art materials or even not art materials but used in a new way.