The Artist’s Path

Art by Alexander Prostev

Insights / Thoughts on Art & Creativity –

‘Don’t be afraid to go fully into the beauty’.

‘It is the shadows which make the highlights shine’

‘An artist needs to know that art is not important yet still devote their life to it’.

‘An artist should believe that all the art which came before was only a preparation & that the entire history of art reaches it’s culmination in their own expression’.

‘Artists in history are not disconnected by time or place. 

‘Great art is a dialogue between artists throughout the ages, now and into the future’.

‘Art is an illusion, a game yet one can waste a lifetime on it’.

‘What if we allowed art to be a collaboration between the artist & our Creator?’

‘An artist need not restrict their palette yet should use colour with restraint’.

‘Expressions of devotion should be alive and fresh. They should be evolving, perfecting the expression of the heart. ‘

‘Not falling into obscurity and loss of comprehension but simple and beautiful.’

‘Artists don’t exist apart from their culture or apart from the context of preceding artists of previous generations. Their ideas echo the timeless truths and themes, revitalising them with a freshness.’ 

‘Originality is not as important as fine technical execution.’

‘In the creative process thousands of tiny decisions are made along the way. The tip of the pen or brush, the chisel or any other artist’s tool work in unison with the artist’s intent, scouring the surface of the canvas or sculpture like a laser beam. That laser of attention is the point of focus held within the ‘now’ moment of creation. It may be that the artist is guided by intuition or it may be that they are following a systematic approach while in the flow.’

‘If the artist gets too swept away by fleeting desires and spontaneity the artwork may become superfluous and lacking in order. If the artist follows a strict, systematic approach, the artwork may lack life and the joy which comes with exploring the unknown. What to do? it seems like there must be a spontaneity in the act of creation (stepping into the unknown) and then the discipline to stand by and follow through with the decisions one has made. What this requires is a constant switching between the creative and the analytical sides of the mind.’ 

‘The artist doesn’t always choose their theme, the theme often chooses it’s artist.’

‘Work within an established morphic field, allow it to permeate your psyche and something completely new was born through you.’

‘Artists need to take time to orient themselves, to take in the particular place, time & culture in they find themselves. Nothing is random & there is a definite reason why one has been placed or seeded into a particular culture or family. There is a part to play, a story to tell and it may not be perfectly clear from the onset.’

‘Although artists should strive towards the timeless in art, that eternal quality which is not confined to any particular time or place it is important not to wholly ignore the art of the past, and to see on which wave within time on finds oneself.’

There are layers of cultural influence which colour an artist’s unique creations and style. Artists may be knowingly or unknowing serving as the storytellers of their culture – seeding it within the realms of painting, sculpture, film, poetry music, dance etc.

Particular circumstances in ones life – chance encounters, obstacles, inspirations, these events may trigger a remembering of the cultural memory held within, sparking new works.

Painting Tunes…..

Loops of Creation

‘Loops’ of creative work. This means developing a theme or idea in a certain direction and then revisiting it to complete it. Sometimes old themes are revisited and re-enlivened, re-incorporated into the whole. A single artwork is part of a larger body of work which is developing over the course of my lifetime. To be more exact an individual artist’s works are part of a collective unfoldment which has been happening for thousands of years and will continue long after the individual is long gone.

Eugene Carriere

Flutes of Inspiration 

If we surrender to be used by Spirit, to become a flute then the best way is to become a good flute. This means fine-tuning our skills and talents, growing them by learning more each day and expanding. We are not born with a fully developed talent in most cases but a seed, a little baby talent which we are to nurture and grow. We do this by practicing each day, we do this for the giving to the world, not simply for our own desires. 

At first the Divine breathes gently through us, as if to offer a kiss. We shiver with delight and call for more. We are surprised by the sounds and it motivates us to keep going. After countless hours of practice, we are next ready to share it. The Divine keeps the rewards far from us so that we strive ever more for perfection. Others are showered with blessings and honours and praises while we quietly work on perfecting our craft. We are given just enough to get by and the time to work on the growth of our talent. 

The Divine tests us and breathes harder, testing the strength of the instrument. We are frightened by the power which flows through us, a power we cannot call our own. Others hear the music and are shaken by what is taking place. Their souls stir with remembrance. Stories are told through us, paintings are painted through us, poems pour through us, dances dance through us. The divine is given an expression, a voice.

A good flute is open and receptive to the subtlest whispers of the Spirit. The tiny glimmers of inspiration are caught like fish by the fisherman, like red coals in the winter fire. These are nurtured by us, given space, allowed to grow until their own life and destinies are fulfilled. Small acorns contain the promise of the oak and the ideas and visions of inspiration are seeds for future manifestation. 

A good instrument has a strong and open heart, for it is the heart which will receive and pour out this river of love from inspiration. Heart must be allowed to melt and the tears to cleanse the eyes to see clearly and truly feel the waves of ecstasy. To be transported into rapture and then to translate and share the rapture with others. To suffer the exquisite pangs of love and let them burn through onto the canvas. To fearlessly surrender in the song to the great Spirit behind it, allowing it to wash through in a torrent. 

There will be times when the streams seem to be dry and we struggle just to take small steps. We are called to persevere to hold out and go on despite the seemingly slow progress. We grow our resolve, we grow our discipline, we temper our edges and develop patience & trust.

We will not know how it will be received and that doesn’t matter. To act and create yet to be unattached to the results. It was not mine anyway, it just flowed through. The river is always connected with the sea, not simply when it arrives at it’s destination. While the player plays and while we are played, the flute and the musician are one.

Remedios Varo

Artworks Radiant in Timelessness…..

Frederic Watts
Frederick Watts
Eugene Carriere
Eugene Carriere
Henri le Sidaner

Henri le Sidaner

Michelangelo
Sandro Botticelli
Titian
Gustave Moreau
Odd Nerdrum
Ilya Repin
Rembrandt – “Painting is the grandchild of Nature.”
Durer – “Nature holds the beautiful, for the artist who has the insight to extract it. Thus, beauty lies even in humble, perhaps ugly things, and the ideal, which bypasses or improves on nature, may not be truly beautiful in the end.”
Henri Fantis Latour

Corot
Edward Burne Jones
Ernst Fuchs
Edward Robert Hughes

Robert Venosa
Odd Nerdrum
Odd Nerdrum
Rubens
Beksinski

Beksinski

Beksinski

Beksinski

Charles Gleyre

Charles Gleyre
Andrew Gonzalez

Kinuko Craft
Kinuko Craft

Julian Onderdonk
Aivazovsky
Aivazovsky

Adam Scott Miller

Gilbert Williams

Matthijs Röling
Matthijs Röling
Matthijs Röling
Alphonse Osbert
James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Hunt, William Holman

Havenlight Yongsung Kim –
The Hand of God Painting

Alphonse Osbert

Rubens

Maura Holden

Thomas Wilmer Dewing

John William Waterhouse

Adolf Von Menzel

Plinio Nomellini 

Geatanto Previati

Frederick Carl Frieseke 

Chakrabhand Posayakrit

Rubens

Maura Holden

Gaston La Touche

Fra Angelico

Oleg Korolev

Alex Grey

Konstantin Makovsky

Viktor Vasnetsov

Levitan Isaac

Hu Jun di

Frederick Leighton

John Duncan

Charles Gleyre

Sculptors

Michelangelo

Hoysala Art

Lalique 

Einar Jónsson

Szukalski

Dashi

Ernst Fuchs

Katherine Stanek

Rodin

Zsolnay Ceramics

Javier Marin

William Rickets

Louis Sullivan 

Frederick Hart

GRAPHIC ARTISTS

– Adolfo de Carolis

– Leon Carre

– Joh Duncan

– Victor Koulbak

– Barbier

– Pogamy

– William Morris

– Melchior Lechter

– Beardsley

– Adolf Bohm

– Edward Burne Jones

– Moebius

– William Bradley

– Heinrich Lefler

– Walter Crane

– Hokusai

– Durer

– Gennady Spirin