So the time has come when I review the year and set intention for the new year ahead...a ritual really, something I have done for many years. I don't believe in resolutions as for me life is ever evolving and a new habit has to be woven into life so it may become a way of life and not just a whim for a month as many resolutions turn out to be.
In my previous career I learnt the necessity to understand the 'current reality' and once that picture is painted only then can a 'desired outcome' be primed. The desired outcome by nature should be stretching, something that is only just attainable, yet compelling in it's promise. When these two polars and mapped, then one can plot the 'how'. How will you move from current reality to desired outcome? What are the actions you will take? and what changes need to occur in order to make those actions happen? Is the environment right? Have you got the right people in the right job roles? etc etc. The principle of creating a tension between where you are and where you want to be is essential in gaining momentum and reaching the desired outcome.
Another methodology that can be used at this time of year is a more esoteric one. That of imagining your ultimate goal and visualising you being in that place, doing what you desire, and feeling the feelings associated with having reached your dream. By doing this you emanate positive waves of intention which the 'universe' responds to and mirrors as if you truly believe and feel as if you have already attained your goal and so actions have to follow to match. Quantum Physics says that like attracts like, so what you imagine and feel will be returned to you in a greater quantity.
Let me also explain that there are some caveats here...it's not good enough to hope that your desired outcome will come true. The universe is clever and will detect your misbelief, so you need to truly imagine and believe that you will (already have even) attained your desired outcome; and that's the tricky bit because we all have doubt at times. Even if you managed that part, you also have to surrender the 'how'. It's all very well being so focused on your desired outcome and have all the actions mapped out in order to get there. But, they may not happen they way you predict. So, you have to believe you will attain your desire but at the same time not be attached to how that will come about! A contradiction I here you say!
So to art...and how this can apply. I have toiled and tested with these ideas in the last two years with some success. I haven't cracked it yet, but they key I think may be to have more fun doing it. I have a tendency to try too hard at things, be very focused and seek perfectionism. I believe this can stifle the plan and it goes against the grain when it comes to non attachment!
This is why then I have decided to have a year of Play and Revelation. I am going to have fun, to explore, experiment and get mucky with art!
Pablo Picasso said:
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up"
So Pablo, I'm going to get in touch with my inner child and paint with surrender and a passionate curiosity. I'm going to enjoy making mistakes, relish in the liberation and just see what appears as a result of letting my playful heart run free on the canvas and clay!
So dear readers, wish me luck and enjoy watching the creations unfold, some finished and some unfinished. Some glimmering potential and some may remain piles of goo but I think it's just something I need to do. Play and reveal who I really am as an artist.
My working ethos is 'Play & Revelation' where I continually explore new ways of working, sometimes even destroying works to transform into new!
From February 2019 Sonya will be selling her collections at 'Leaf Creative' in Huntley, owned by Peter Dowle. This beautiful garden centre specialises in unusual shrubs, acer trees and hand selected plants. The perfect place to showcase her leaf inspired ceramics!
Sonya is pleased to announce that having been a provisional member with the Cotswold Craftsmen during 2018, she has now been accepted as a permanent member and invited to be publicity officer on the committee. Sonya will be exhibiting her work at a number of County Shows in 2019 - watch her events page for more upcoming details.
Sonya is now offering 1 day 'Pottery Workshops' with a national craft course provider. Start 2019 learning something new! In 1 day attentive tuition with Sonya you will learn throwing, coiling and hand-building techniques.
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