My new collection of works has flowed from the previous collection called Destiny and Love. All of my collections are discerning the ideas and experiences I journey through, so in some way they are all in flow. I started this new collection last year and I haven't shared these art works online yet. I've been sharing a few test firings which you can see here and here and experiments, but not many of the final works.
Before I start exploring my new collection of works, it's important to review my last works, to reflect on the main understandings which lead me to new concepts.
Destiny and Love (2012-2014)
The main understanding which has resulted through the processes of creating these paintings is the unfolding of an understanding of destiny. Is destiny the result of wanting what you want today, but realising that it takes longer to have what you desire, and what you desire will truly come in time? The concepts I’ve explored in these art works direct my thinking that all things will come in perfect time, and that we should enjoy the journey while finding what it is we want…maybe this is destiny.
All of these paintings, essentially represent my understanding that destiny is a journey, not a finite thing that will result in happiness or unhappiness, it’s not about getting what you want, but what you are going to discover about yourself. Therefore, with regards to the notion of Love, this journey is not about romantic love, this is about love for myself, learning to express those feelings connected with our everyday perceptions of love, but really what I have been destined to do, as I understand it, is to find and understand the passion within, harness it, by making the choice to create my experiences
In light of the concepts of the last collection, I am working towards deeper understandings of creating choice, freedom and flow. Much of my academic research in my Masters Thesis about creativity reflected the notion about processes of flow and iterative behaviours in relation to creativity, and creating environments conducive to those processes and teaching/learning outcomes. So within that understanding, this new collection explores a few concepts, largely attributing to:
- discerning my personal truth
- creating experiences and places of freedom and possibility in my life
- letting go of judgement and creating spaces of awareness and vulnerability
Actually, when I think about it, I do not like the term discerning, as I think it's like having goals, they are product focused- finite; albeit while there is a process to get there, there is still an expectation of an end. Personally I think I'm always creating my personal truth, it's a state of flow (ideal creativity!), and my previous collections of works since 2011 attribute to that awareness. I suppose I'm trying to say that I don't want my thinking to be constrained by labels at this time, as that will affect the journey of expression, and maybe that's why I don't have a name for my new collection which is about yet.
I have chosen to represent this collection of works with flowers or some type of floral theme, as I was greatly inspired by these two quotes:
"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change." - Buddha
"Don't try to force anything. Let life be a deep let go.
See God opening millions of flowers everyday without forcing the buds." - Bhagwan Shree Ranjeesh
At a similar time I was producing a series of videos about making art to feel alive (see here) and the experience of doing that process triggered how I was going to connect all of these ideas together. So I started thinking about how Linking flowers to personal truth...transparency, intensity....relationship of space, searching and aspect,
An absolute luxury of nature.
My question at the moment is: "What can I learn from the nature, existence, and life force of flowers? The Nature of truth?"
During my trip to Sweden and St Petersburg in May 2014, I began researching my ideas in relation to space and freedom. Earlier in 2014, I was inspired by this quote:
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Viktor E. Frankl
The true understanding of this quote was sparked for me during my masterclasses in Sweden (May 2104) (here)and on my Day 5 painting journey the biggest thing with this collection is that it has taken time to connect all the ideas and emotions and start to synthesize the understandings. I love this process of being creative and painting...and it sometimes it takes a little longer than you want.
Then, while in St Petersburg (May 2014), I undertook two personal study trips at The Hermitage to collate ideas from various art works which would inspire the concepts of transparency, intensity....relationship of space and I'll share more about it all later, as they apply to various art works. I loved looking out of the window and sensing space and time.
And so I began some canvas paintings once I returned home, which I'll share soon and the planning of porcelain pieces. The nature of the concepts of this collection allows me to explore and express different approaches to abstract realism and abstract expressionism...maybe some realism pieces too. I'm just going to go with the flow, and see where it takes me.
While this collection is on the go, I have another small collection of works to complete for my exhibition in Thailand in March, which I will write about too...this is a wonderful opportunity, so I can't wait to share more with you.
Are you planning any new collections of works this year? Please share your blog links or concepts in the comments below 🙂