|OCTOPUS WOMAN PORTRAIT (Art by Hallelujah Truth)|
This morning, I'm contemplating the value of repetition in my daily creative practice. It is all too easy to dismiss repetition as an act of a dullard. To repeat implies to "copy," and copying implies a lack of novelty--the ability to "create" something new.
I imagine that my "repetitive acts of art" serve the greater need I have to release judgment each morning as I sit down to draw and paint.
In another way, my exercise of beginning my morning drawing with the familiar, with what I know, is a "spiritual" practice. My first steps follow a well worn path. I walk. I dance. I linger.
The visual images I create and repeat are internal experiences. I "see" them emerge in and out from a haze, something like the way messages appear in the children's toy Crazy 8-Ball.
|OCTOPUS WOMAN 1. (Art by Hallelujah Truth)|
Now, I am inviting new symbols to emerge in my cosmos. I introduce OCTOPUS WOMAN. This "Octopus Woman" results from my real world viewing of octopi over time in various media, aquariums, and on the coast; the repeated drawing of Mother Mystery (a woman in a hijab) which is a part of my Cosmos like Wandjina; and Cynthia Winton-Henry's offering of the octopus as a symbol offering wisdom.
|OCTOPUS WOMAN 2 (Art by Hallelujah Truth)|
Without the repetitive act of drawing over time, I would be without my cosmos, without a way to "track" the spirit of my creative life.
That's Coffee with Hallelujah. I'm curious. Do make "repetitive acts of art"? What are they? What do you learn from them?
OCTOPUS WOMAN 3. These numbers are arbitrary. The variations of Octopus Woman here are a result of the App Paintbrush. This morning I used a micron pen to outline the pencil drawing that I watercolored yesterday. and posted in this blog: Intuitive Feast. (Art by Hallelujah Truth)