|FORMING THE SELF|
As the creator and administrator of "The Daily Creative Practice," a Facebook group with more than 600 members (join us here), I have the privilege of witnessing how CREATIVITY can be expressed in multiple forms of ART MAKING. Sewing, science writing and illustrating, jewelry forging, drawing, painting, photography, teaching, dancing, and playing all emerge from the SOUL! Yours, mine, and others!
On The Daily Creative Practice (DCP), we have a blog or art making prompt each Monday written by one of our group members. Called "Monday Funday," members are invited to respond some time during the week by writing a blog and posting a link on the DCP or crafting a shorter response in word or image and posting directly on the DCP. This week's Monday Funday prompt was written by visual artist Diana Toma:
Why do we create art? Take a minute today to get present to what is so for you in this question. You can do it right now - take a deep breath, relax. Let the answer come to you from the peacefulness of your inner being. Why do you create art? (see the rest of the prompt below)
I MAKE ART TO CREATE THE JOURNEY, TO MAKE THE SELF
|ART IS ME IS MY JOURNEY IS YOU (Art by Hallelujah Truth)|
My visual art and writing creates me. Images and words "tie" me to something concrete, visible, and communicable. When I broadcast my creations to you--the other--we connect and through our co-created community, my existence is expanded.
Yes, my ART MAKING is the expression of SPIRIT. This language permits others to see and hear me and to either respond or fashion something original from themselves.
I create art to create MYSELF or SELVES.
That's Coffee With Hallelujah! SOUL BLOG with me and share the reason for your art making! I want to know.
From Diana Toma for Monday Funday on the Daily Creative Practice
When an answer comes, keep asking. Don’t get settle in any specificity, keep inquiring, until you feel so inspired by your own findings that you get chills. Goose bumps. Feel in awe. The purpose of this exercise is to connect deeply to what moves, touches and inspires you.
Picasso once said “The meaning of life is to find your gift and the purpose of life is to give it away”
I personally believe the act of creating, the creativity behind an
artwork, is crucial for personal happiness and satisfaction. I paint
because there’s nothing else I would rather do. I paint with my eyes,
with my imagination, with my hands. I look for beauty all around me. The
way the light drapes over my water cup. The way my daughter’s eyes
squint a little in the morning right after she wakes up. The way a ray
of sun feels on my arm. I love to observe. To look at something without
judging, analyzing or dissecting it. Just notice. Observe. Wonder. I
pick up the brush and take emotional notes of my observations on a
surface. Painting is poetry on canvas. Ahh the moment the water is
moving from wet to dry, the way the backwash slowly expands, tickling my
soul with every wet area in which it spreads carrying color, with a
life of it’s own.