Around Creativity


I am to myself a research subject, observing first hand how creativity works.

When I started painting, I needed just one flower to hold it and rotate it in my left hand and paint a bouquet of it with watercolor in a balanced composition. The task of arranging flowers on paper reminded me of my Chinese experience, painting with ink. At that time I was so tense to express what I see and to learn the skills of watercolor that everything else disappeared from my mind and I do not remember any thing particular to attract my attention.

Several phases later in life, when I decided to try Improvisation (Vasily Kandinski coiled the term for short time spontaneous composition) expressing images from my mind, I wanted to verify if I have something to say which is relevant to me. Doing that I was surprised to discover that, at some point while working,  there was a click which moved my, down to earth mind into another level, where was no time, no rush, just a sensation of enlightenment, pleasure, followed by an easy fluid expression. I repeated this process many times for the enjoyment of those moments, which some times I could extend  for hours. Some people call it inspiration, some others see it as a contact with the Muse who inspires creativity or a contact with a superior you, the Divine or God.

I think that a new, creative content is expressed by several forces which co inhabit with us and make us what we are. The first are the basic knowledge, intellectual, spiritual, images, emotions, feelings which we gather from the life around us and store it in our memory and second is the skill, the tool we use to express the content. Without a proper technical skill, adapted for the best expression of what we want to say, there cannot be a successful painting. A third component, which reveals itself at some point in the working process  is a magic capability to switch gears to a higher understanding of what we are doing, which is way above us, but we can have a glimpse of it in that state of like blissful  meditation which detaches us from immediate reality. That state gives me a deeper understanding of what I am doing, it feels my soul with generosity, love and gives me a happy feeling, facilitating  intuitive creative content, images to match the elevated being. The capability to connect these components is within us but the source of this praised, elevated intuition is beyond my understanding. From where it comes? It is all around us and most of the time we are not aware of it? I know that it reveals more to some people less to other. How can we attract this particular state of mind energy? Some people naturally attract it, some even get possessed by it. It is a higher level of energy with extraordinary creative and healing  potential, hard to be tamed.

I see  all these main forces complementary to each other, neither one being enough to make  a successful artist. As artists we all are different and use a blend of everything we have. Some rely more on their mind knowledge, less on intuition, like designers, architects, some others, like painters, relay more on their intuition and emotions than on their mind. Some work easily, do not need correction (remember Mozart genius who surprised Saglieri with his music, written without any mistakes or correction, as being dictated by a Divine Power), some other work hard, erasing, changing, improving endlessly. What is important for me is to be true to myself and work, and work and work to update my potential and take benefit, as much as I can, from the encounter with the superior intuition. Intuition does not change the data, memories and feelings, but uses it all as a raw material, changing, refreshing the way I look at it, raising my understanding to a deeper level which then brings me to a creative expression.

Here are some quotes I like:

“The importance of an artist is to be measured by the number of new signs he has introduced into the language of art.” Henry Matisse

“The only thing which lies in our power is to know how not to distort the voice of life that sounds within us.” Boris Pasternak

“Improvisation is intuition in action, a way to discover the Muse and learn to respond to her call.” Stephen Nahmanovith

“When you change the way to look at things, the things you look at change.” Wayne W Dyer

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes.” Marcel Proust

“The self, your Muse is the symphony of your body, mind and spirit, playing together as one in a supremely concentrating moment that is your unique creative gesture.” J. Carbonetti

“You’ll never loose your imagination by studying.” Gonzalo Fonseca

“Every act of creation is first of all an art of destruction.” P. Picasso

“Painting is stronger that I am and it makes me do whatever it wants.” P. Picasso

“As usual we have occupied ourselves with the outer, the objective at the expense of the inner world wherein the true roundness lies.” Mark Tobey

“Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative mind” Hans Hofman

  1. vali niculescu niculescu
    vali niculescu niculescu05-03-2011

    Ceea ce ma impresioneaza este aceasta forta de expersie artistica care a zacut atata timp in subconstientul tau , tezaur de creatie care irupe in anumite imprejurari ale vietii . Ma gandesc daca nu ai fi ramas singura , ai mai fi avut acele momnete de cautare , accea intuitie care te-a dus la esenta adevarului tau interior , te-a ajutat sa te descoperi tie.
    Tie ti se intimpla sa traiesti intr-o stare de gratie pe care putini artisti au privilegiul s-o cunoasca direct la anii maturitatii, cand perceptia despre lume e adanca , filozofica, plenara. Filonul este deja creeat generos acum curge nestavilit ca o lava , care te surprinde si pe tine .Tu nu mai ai ce face , tu nu mai esti organizerul gandurilor si simtirilor tale , cum crezi tu ca esti , tu nu faci decit sa te supui acestei forte creeatoare care a asteptat prea mult chiar daca tu ia controlat-o la inceput si i-ai dat drumul incetul cu incetul, acum nu te mai intreaba nimic, , n-ai decit sa te lasi, sa uiti de metoda, de organizare de tot. Tu fara sa constientizezi dimensiunea spirituala a creatiei tale, ai gasit Energia divina care exitsa in noi, l-ai gasit pe Dumnezeu, te-ai gasit pe tine insusi.
    Intilnirea cu EUL nostru interior, profund si adevarat este intilnirea cu partea noastra divina, cosmica.
    Esti o femeie fericita Lucia si ai sa traiesti mult fiindca aceasta energie emotionala si creeatoare te va mentine intr-o forma admirabila si te va feri de toate bolile. Ai mai avut necazuri de sanatate frecvente de cand pictezi? Endorfinele pe care ti le produc placerea si bucuria de a picta te protejeaza de tot si activeaza capacitatea naturala de vindecare.
    Felicitari pentru expoziltiile pe care le-ai facut Ai un palmares impresionanat E F. Bine asa pentru ca o recunoastere te motiveaza si stimuleaza si mai mult . Sant sincer fericita pentru tine, is pentru faptul ca aceea lumina pe care o radiai mereu a scos la iveala frumusetea ta interioara.

    • lucianeagu

      Multumesc mult pentru generozitatea cu care ai comentat intalnirea cu noul meu site, facut de Razvan. Acest site este mult mai amplu decat eu imi imaginam ca as fi avut nevoie pentru pictura mea, practic eram multumita cu situl initial (facut tot de Razvan).

      Pictura este un limbaj complet si nu are nevoie de cuvinte, dar dialogul posibil pe care il promoveaza acest site ma uluieste. Mi se pare extraordinar sa putem purta o discutie pe continut, concentrata in jurul unui subiect de interes pentru amandoua. (Scriindu-ti descoper acest lucru) Acest dialog scris are avantajul de reda fluid gandurile, fara bruiajul din discutiile reale. Faptul ca poti scrie in momentul potrivit tie si poti vedea in desfasurare continua mai multe comentarii pe aceiasi tema si de la mai multe persoane mi se pare de o imensa valoare practica. Imi imaginez cum cercetatori, prieteni din diferite colturi ale lumii pot comunica si dezbate eficient in jurul aceleasi teme. Eu consideram E-mailul imbatabil, dar imi dau seama ca e-mailurile au o viata temporara, in final trebuiesc sterse sau salvate, categorisite etc etc. Lipseste eficienta si fluiditatea dialogului. Acum imi vine greu sa ma rup de la pictura pentru a intra in lumea scrisului, dar simt ca ma atrage, imi da posibilitate sa te regasesc pe tine, sa-mi aduc aminte de frumoasele discutii pe care le-am purtat la Geneva in jurul problemelor de familie si pedagogie. Si uite acum te simt experta in creativitate si cu mare placere voi citi comentariile tale. E un filon fascinant de dezbatut.

      Da, ai dreptate, daca traia Romica nu as fi putut picta, intreaga mea energie s-ar fi focalizat pe relatia noastra, gospodarie, plimbari si lungi discutii. Ar fi fost o viata obisnuita, normala cu o sumedenie de mici placeri, care ar fi mascat senzatie adanca de nemultumire fata de mine, provenita din constientizarea faptului ca viata se apropie de sfarsit fara a-mi intelege total rostul si limitele.

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