In a way, I think of Intentional Creativity as a more logical (or masculine) approach to directing your creativity. The artist affects the process by choosing an intention. The intention propels the creative expression in a mindful way “to support growth and healing.” In other words, the artist “creates around their intention.”
Of equal value is unintentional creativity which I consider a “feminine” or intuitive approach to initiating making art. Making random marks on a fresh canvas, dripping or swiping colors over the canvas, paint doodling, intuitively choosing colors, layering, etc. could seem to be “going nowhere.” However, what I’ve found is that this is an opportunity for the deeper psyche to express itself. As I get to a certain stage in this free play process, I might begin to see shapes, images rising to the surface of my awareness. Some of them I bring forth, others retreat into the background. Some I paint or collage over, others I refine.
This is my preference for now. That said, I notice that once I paint the “I don’t know where this is going random marks,” I get to the place of crafting a painting. Then my marks become more intentional as I bring a piece into its final form. I can’t say that I have chosen a specific intention for the painting even at this point. I’m allowing the piece to show and tell me what wants to be revealed.
Truly, both styles of painting overlap and weave through any process. However, when I try to “force” my painting to go a certain way, I find that I can be blocked. Any piece has a sort of self-determination.
I painted the piece below to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. For me, painting this felt like a wild ride that intensified as I went. Painting is an energetic process. There is the possibility of transformation both of the canvas and one’s own emotional state.
This is another theme of mine that replays itself. Truly, I don’t understand how anyone (me included at times) canNOT see that everything affects everything. When my daughters were young and watching Sesame Street, there was a cartoon that they replayed frequently. It went something like this…If I pop my little brother’s balloon, he’s going to cry. Mommy is going to come running. He’s going to point his finger at me. I’m going to get into trouble.
An effective example of actions with consequences. So it is with our earth. We are invited to share in the beauty and the bounty provided by nature. And, it’s a wise thing to live sustainably and reciprocate in ways that we are able. How we impact our planet, “our carbon footprint” for one, affects not only us, but the other creatures with whom we share this earth home. And also, the generations to come.
This painting invites us into the forest and to receive the healing salve of being in nature. It is an invitation requiring reciprocity. Please respect this earth–home to many.
I was inspired to create a dress for an upcoming Fiber Arts Show. I drew a design. I purchased a square cut, woman’s small, magenta tee-shirt and a dress form. This picture illustrates the final outcome of my process.
Earlier in the year and for several months, I faced some big challenges. I needed to tap into my courage and presence while offering support to others. That became the intention for this dress. A woman is called upon to be both hard and soft. She needs to be tough while retaining her tenderness. Woman as warrior, woman as fierce when necessary–woman in charge of her own body, her sexuality. This art piece addresses the need for a woman to reclaim her birthright–to be a whole human female person. Some of the embellishments have symbolic meanings. I’ve written a few words or phrases on the light pink fabric strips–these are some of the things that she reclaims–sovereignty, her voice, choice, the right to say yes or no, freedom, connection, health, her body, courage, self-nurture, her right to thrive. I’m certain that you can add to this list.
Healing as a woman is a journey unique to each woman in any culture and in a world that neither elevates woman nor her sacred tasks.
As a woman, how do you express your hard and soft? What in you needs to be healed and/or reclaimed?
As a man, how do you honor and encourage a woman’s empowerment?
Note: For those of you local to Mt. Shasta or nearby, the Weston’s Fiber Arts Show 2018 Reception is today, Friday, the 22nd of June, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Snow Creek Studios Art Gallery on Mount Shasta Boulevard. There are many amazing fiber artists exhibiting their work. The show will be on display for approximately one month. We hope to see you there.