Skip to main content

Just Remember ~ A Headdress of Love

Self Portrait ~ The Headdress of Love

Continued from Monday  'Just Remember' 

"If I knew what the picture was going to be like I wouldn't make it.
It was almost like it was made already ......
the challenge is more about
trying to make what you can’t think of."


The above quote from photographer Cindy Sherman - Wikipedia
is one I identify with, but in my case it's not so much about challenge
or trying, but more of an uncovering or a drawing up something from within.

Since the early learning days when I was
frightened of the big blank canvas,
or the sketch book filled with clean white pages,
scared of mark making for fear my work be judged adversely,
or meet someone else's idea of what art should look like,
since those days, my creative process has become
intuitive rather than prescriptive,
if it doesn't happen in the moment,
or as a string of moments knitted together with ease,
then I'm not at one with my work.

If I feel a contrivance, a slaving or forcing
my work through angst
then I'm bringing tension into my art
and I don't feel good rather the opposite is what I feel!

The above portrait came from deep within, it surfaced
as a result of the good feelings I was experiencing,
the absolute joy that I will relate soon,
in the meantime I'm sending this to ~

Sharing the Joy Thursday
Meri's Musings

Comments

GrandmaK said…
You are very talented!!! Such a lovely post! Have a grand day! Cathy
Lovely self portrait ~ very creative and wonderful post ~ thanks, ^_^ (A CreativeHarbor)
joanne said…
Fascinating post of your process with this cool self-portrait....
Meri said…
I so identify with your thoughts! My best paintings have always come as a gift -- they almost paint themselves, it's so effortless. The results from "grinding my teeth" sessions are always disappointing. I'm waiting for the next installment on joy.
rebecca said…
i am walking right beside you! i too am looking deeper, following fascination, intuition and unfurling.
this is where a deeper beauty resides,
in the out pouring of soul.
The one lesson that I found hardest to learn in art class is it does not have to look like anyone else's. Years of classes and still trying to learn or to capture that ease. Great work.
QMM
Cat said…
beautiful
all of it

love and light

Popular posts from this blog

A Winged Haiku

Winged things on my mind
bringing messages of peace
but mostly of TRUST




#Artistsforloveis an on-line movement where the overriding principle is one of love and belonging to which I am happy to add my name....   Also linking with Haiku my Heart ~ the Home of inclusion.Recuerda mi Corazon

Norwegian Dreamscape Expanded

Meditation Morn
My Dreamscape Meanderings
Heavenly pass~time 


I rose early the first morning at dawn, although I'm not sure if it was dawn really as Norway is after all the land of the midnight sun!  Anyway it was an exceptional time to experience the fjords we were told so I crept out of the cabin, being careful not to disturb my sleeping partner and up onto the open deck.   I was the first to appear, only the staff were out arranging the loungers. What a wonderful feeling almost alone on this massive liner feeling totally in awe of both my traveling home and the deep fjord waters we were slipping silently through.

I climbed up the stairs to the highest deck and stood in absolute amazement at the sheer beauty of this place, I thought I could hear some kind of faint mysterious musical notes, to this day I'm still not sure whether this was my imagination going into overdrive at the whole mystical experience or a distant melody carrying through on the air.....

Later after breakfas…

Shadow Land & Spontaneity

Usually in photography I practice the concept of noticing the moments and what arises and arrives spontaneously as opposed to a staging experience i.e. purposefully choosing a subject to capture. Picking up the camera when something hits my radar of perception is second nature and this in turn mostly leads to the pleasurable treasures of intuitive photography.  Recently due to the exceptional brilliance of the autumn sun through my windows there have been lots of opportunities to capture the clarity of shadows or their subtlety for that matter! Shadow photography is a favourite form of imaging for me.  However, I wanted to make the shots a little more defined for added interest so this lead me to try manufacturing the outcome, or in other words staging!  This doesn't come naturally to me during a photography experience for it touches on the subject of control, taking me out of the comfort zone of going with a meditative flow and into the area of thinking or a cognitive interrupti…