art as a guide to living...

March 16, 2013  •  27 Comments

Some practicioners of 'art' draw a line between the lives they live, and the art they create. Others don't. In regards to the latter, I've always liked Nietzsche's view that a person's greatest work of art is their life. I like to create from that space of a life lived (whatever that may mean), and use art to express it. But there is the opposite idea where I experience things in the art, sometimes intentionally other times discovered in the after process where I think it would be of benefit to apply to life. An example is in the imagined headpiece series, where pictured is the most recent example. The intent is one of liberation. To have faith in the nowness, to trust the mind itself that it will create something from nothing spontaneously with a satisfactory result. I never know where these will go, and sometimes it is a fullfilling experience of effortless form created from nothingness, other times the ego controls, forces, making the result in the process the priority. The latter usually ends up in the trash, and even if the result looks good, the process to make it is never in the realm of joy of that with the former where one experiences that feeling of 'flow'.  But as shown in the posted picture, when the surrender occurs, and those happy accidents with a balance of controlled intent blend together, it is magical. It is a winning combination of feel good blissful process, with a satisfactory result. Contentment. And with the discipline of this practice, perhaps it can be more consistent where it becomes flowingly natural to create in such a way. And from there, perhaps it can make the transition to  life outside of the canvas, in the actual universe the same way. To have confidence in the reality of nowness, to commit and be involved solely in the present moment of any situation, with anyone or no one, and to trust in the nature of myself to create spontaneously and live life effortlessly, and experiencing contentment in the outcome.headpiece 28, goauche on paper, 9"x12", 2013


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