Here are a group of paintings that I am currently working on for my grateful project! Most of them are almost finished. I originally started this project painting one piece at a time, but lately, the creative ideas are coming so fast that I end up starting several at once. Sometimes I get stuck and I need to take a step away from a painting for a few days. It sits on my studio table for a while and suddenly I know exactly what to do to finish it.
It is interesting to be aware of the creative process when I am doing so many paintings, one after the other. I am so certain that all of my creative ideas come from a power greater than myself (that I also believe is part of me- part of all of us.) It is almost like I can feel the creativity swirling around the room and suddenly it pops into my head. At first I was worried that I’d run out of ideas, creating so many paintings in a short period of time, but I am learning to trust that there is an endless supply of creativity. Through this project I am seeing my artwork in a whole new light. I believe my art is a gift that comes through me and I am so grateful to able to share it with others.
My guess is that this process, even if it is described differently, is familiar to all creatives in some way. I remember listening to the amazing TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity, where she retells a story from Ruth Stone, a poet who is chased by poems- Ruth described feeling and hearing the poems come toward her from across the field. She had to stop and catch the poems by writing them down before they would move on to another poet. I love that story. I love to think of creative ideas floating all around us and we just have to be open to them and aware. Then, catch them and bring their love and beauty into our world.