|RECEIVING THE LIGHT. At Rose M. Barron's 2013 exhibit, "Multitude of Madonnas," at Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, I was surprised and pleased to be receive a blessing from a "live" Madonna at sunset. Part of the ecstasy of being an artist for me is finding the "blessings" every where I go and in everyone I meet. Part play, part sincerity, part prayer culminates into "easy focus," a term coined by Phil Porter and Cynthia Winton Henry, that I will explain later in this post. (photo by Tony Martin)|
Hallelujah for being an ECSTATIC! Hallelujah for having ecstasy in the artist's studio! Hallelujah for blogging in community with C4 Atlanta (and The Daily Creative Practice) and for guest prompt writer artist entrepreneur Gina Thompson:
I have been journaling from a book called "Mapping the Intelligence of Artistic Work" and this is one of the topics I recently wrote about. I found it really helpful for me. Bring to life the dynamics of your studio. What gives you satisfaction in the studio? What are you currently exploring there? Create a "wish list" for your work. What studio goals would allow for ecstasy?
|EASY FOCUS (Art by Hallelujah Truth)|
Let me jump right in with this statement:
I make my art while inhabiting the studio of self--or bodyspirit (integrated mind, body, heart, and spirit)! The image you see to the left represents "easy focus."
Easy focus is a form of "having it all," which described by Phil Porter is "is taking in a whole experience, realizing that many things are going on in our bodyspirits at one time, and enjoying or savoring that experience."
My studio of ecstasy in no physical architectural environment. Rather, I create from an enlivened self, often having danced before drawing, burned incense, reflected, sipped coffee, petted a cat, and perhaps been inspired by dreams, song lyrics or written words. I can create art almost anywhere and do!
|ECSTASY OF EASY FOCUS (Art by Hallelujah Truth)|
Understanding EASY FOCUS takes time. Instead of critiquing, you are invited to enjoy. Instead of trolling for the negative, you celebrate the discovered positive. Try listing the those things that you enjoy and not the ones that disappointed. Phil Porter explains that by using easy focus, we end up "having" more. Sure hard focus and critique have their functions, but when I am in my studio I practice the route to easy focus for the ecstasy I am seeking in having it all!
Ecstasy for me as an artist is the fluidity stemming from embodied confidence of my own authority that the marks I make are those I need and want to make.
|SOFTENING YOUR GAZE MAY RESULT IN PLEASURE. For me, making art is seriously fun and meaningful. How about you? (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
That's Coffee with Hallelujah. SOUL BLOG with me and tell me about your sense of ecstasy in your art making. What is your environment?