"Lock yourself up in your room or go out in the woods where you an be alone. When you are alone the universe talks to you in flashes of inspiration" ~ Walter Russell Quotes from The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe
This month I have been reflecting on what it means to be an 'Artist' with the help of 31 other artists all brought together by Eli Trier. It is proving to be a precious revelation to me, because I am for the first time beginning to feel a level of acceptance in myself about being a creator of things...and really this is all that matters. It's what I can do, and it's what makes me feel at one with something that is larger than me. The process of creation takes me out of my mind and into a realm which I can't really explain, but it feels familiar, safe, peaceful and right. The other strange thing that seems to happen in my art studio when I visit this realm is that time seems to stand still or at least slow down...
This brings me on to the subject of absorption and time...I remember reading a fantastic book entitled 'Making Time' by Steve Taylor explaining why time seems to pass at different speeds and how we can control it. I'm sure you can all relate to the all to familiar mystery of why when sat at your computer time seems to speed up and get consumed by some invisible worm hole! This dilemma made me curious - seriously, why DOES time speed up when I'm doing things that require my attention (so surely I'm present) and yet when I do other things like yoga, meditation or art I seem to achieve so much more in the same length of time...it seems to lengthen or expand!
Steve Taylor helps to explain that certain tasks like sitting in front of the computer or television are so absorbing that we literally loose ourselves and our sense of time while entertained by them. It is in fact not the same as being present - it's more like being lost in another world. Yes, tapped into that task, but at the expense of what is around us. We all know what its like to try and hold a conversation with someone who is using their phone at the same time or watching the TV!
Conversely, when you spend time on a task that requires your complete and utter attention time will appear to slow down. All your senses are heightened and you enter a new plain or dimension.
Recently I went in search of bluebell woods and found myself at Priors Wood near Bristol. A most wonderful carpet of blue appeared in front of me as I turned off the pathway. I decided to sit amongst the blue bells and the serenity prompted me to ponder on this dilemma of time and attention once again..
It suddenly occurred to me that there is something else happening when my absolute attention is required on a task. It's not just about using all my 5 senses to create. It's actually that I dial into something that is larger than myself and in doing so become connected to something that acts as a conduit for inspiration and ideas. THIS is what makes the distinction. When I am writing a blog like now...my mind (brain) is tapped into the task at hand, but relatively my other senses are dulled. Someone could make a sound in the room and I may be aware, but not totally; I may even be unaware of things going on around me.
This is not the case in the bluebell woods - I am finely tuned in to everything; the bird song and the subtleties of tone; the smell of the undergrowth; the feel of the droplets of rain; the aura of energetic life around me; the whispers of the forest..I even start to recognise feelings within my body as a response to the universal life force surrounding me. My Soul and that of the forests' start to intertwine...
So, art is another conduit for the wonderful connection to universal life force. A place where tranquility allows a sixth sense to reign and ultimately inspire creation. How lucky we are as artists in life (and that means everyone) to dial into this incredible potential! So yes do go and lose yourself in a forest so the universe can send you flashes of inspiration as Walter suggests! Maybe take some paint brushes too or a note pad and see what happens as we are all artists and creators!
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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