Essays on Creative Process

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This dynamic digital fantasy is an optical cacophony of floating orbs with lots of movement and energy.  Keywords: orbs, circles, ellipses, geometric, fantasy, digital, modern contemporary, dynamic, motion, mathematical, movement, energy, energetic, fun, strong, geometry, multicolor, geometric background, abstract, geometric abstract, decorative, mesmerizing, optical, spatial, layered, strong background, modern art, abstract art, fun, artsy, funky, jazzy, rhythmic, texture, curves, arcs, musical

I have gone through many life changes since I last blogged here or at my Peripheral Vision Blog, which is more developed and which you can visit here:  www.innersights.blogspot.com.

You’ve likely gone through some life changes as well, and I hope that you are finding good outcomes.  I hope to post more frequently and to not have to drop the thread again.  I had met so many good and interesting people while blogging that I can earnestly say it was one of the most interesting and fulfilling endeavors of my life.  Mostly because of YOU!  Blogging would have meant nothing were it not for the persons behind the posts.  And that’s obvious.  Nonetheless, good feelings are always worth sharing.

So I will begin now by offering some of my words about art and creative process, and try to post much more often, both images, writing and whatever other forms of communication seem appropriate.

You can read my short #‎essays on #‎art, including ART AND POWER here: http://www.creativity-portal.com/articles/lynda-lehmann/ and share your thoughts with me!

My best to each of you.  Much time has passed, but our creative passions have a way of re-igniting themselves, post adversity.  Or perhaps they are a potent force that helps us prevail both during adversity and after!  What’s your feeling about that?  How has creativity, whatever form it takes in your life, worked for YOU?

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IDENTITY THEFT and FRAUD SITUATION!

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Image “Waiting” c Lynda Lehmann

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“Seashell Burst” and Other Archetypal Forms

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I call this image “Shell Burst” because it reminds me of the proverbial “Sunburst.”  The sun has been a metaphor on numerous levels for the human species since the beginning of time, so it seems to follow that any image resembling a sunburst might conjure subconscious archetypes.  This closeup of a gorgeous fluted conch in relation to an adjacent shell makes a meditative still life that to me, is a tribute to nature’s gorgeous diversity.  

I am impressed by the delicate ridges of shell that encircle the center, and I’m reminded of the repeating, self-mirroring forms in nature that are expressed in the mathematical algorithms of fractals as well as in so many natural forms.  The self-replicating forms of ferns and other plants are perfect examples of the impressive genetic codes that determine each species of life on earth, and the same majestic display of order within diversity goes on at the highest heights of mountains as well as in the depths of the oceans that comprise our globe.  

What are some of your favorite examples of repeating forms?

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A Balanced Form of Self Love

The Eloquence of Dreaming - Mixed media, Image c Lynda Lehmann

                  The Eloquence of Dreaming – Mixed media, Image c Lynda Lehmann

 

Producing art gives us power. I see it as a power over ourselves, over our energy, perception, motivational systems. And perhaps most important, I view it as a supplanting of our need to achieve a social equilibrium (which in my mind is never really possible anyway), by a need to achieve harmony with ourselves in relation to the universe.

The truth wear six billion faces, and each has different life circumstances, a different life script, if you will, and a different mode of being. For me, doing art takes me to a place from which I can accept all scripts and embrace the subjective and relative nature of truth. Because my own script is to me so engaging, at times enthralling, and always varied and full of mystery, it teaches me both tolerance and hope. It gives me confidence in the infinite potential of the universe, for hope, harmony, and healing. In short, it gives me joy.

I’ve heard it said that artists, in doing art, are participating in a God-like Creation process, and indeed it is true. While we are by no means transmuted into gods by the creative process, we at least become His humble hand-maidens. We see glimpses of beauty and wonder in places where other people may fail to look, unearthing it at every turn. We see new relationships, both visual and metaphoric, sociological and scientific. And this is our reward for moving away from the more petty power struggles that so often escalate into real and dangerous conflicts around the globe.

I’ve heard it said, also, that we artists make art in order to find love and to be loved. I think the apex of this is that in the tender connections we make to the universe, we find some degree of self-love. I think this is a balanced form of self-love that perceives the relative and tenuous nature of things, including the subjective nature of our own lives. Therefore, in my opinion, it is a mature self-love, not to be confused with narcissism.

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Today’s Thought On Art: The “Logic” of Abstraction

Frantic Rooster c Lynda Lehmann 2013 – Acrylic on Canvas

 

I believe there IS a logic in building the visual experience we refer to as “abstract art.”  What is missing is a logical referent to any specific and time-bound element or phase of “reality.” For this reason, abstract art owns a freedom and flux unattainable in obedience to realism.    

Lynda Lehmann c 2013         

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Love and Self-Mastery

A Poetry of Mist – Image c 2012 Lynda Lehmann – Shot in Acadia National Park

What is the glue that binds the universe?  What human attributes or qualities bring order and warmth out of a vast, chaotic and impersonal cosmos?

Only love and self-mastery move us out of both cosmic and personal chaos into the realm of warmth, insight, growth and joy.  Without self-knowledge, we cannot have self-mastery.  And self-knowledge exacts its price.  But it’s a price we have to pay to move from disappointment, dysfunction, and sadness into the realm of inclusion, connectedness and joy.   Self-knowledge is the steering wheel of our Ship of Self, and only we are at the helm.

Direct your fate and stay the course, through all the storms that may blow across the sea of your life.  And know that self-knowledge is achievable, and self-mastery will eventually follow.  Then, when you can say you really know yourself, you will have wandered into the sphere of love, which makes all things possible–and all things bearable.  Indeed, love can transmute sorrow and pain into joy.

Without the light of self-knowledge and self-mastery, we cannot truly love ourselves.  If we don’t love ourselves, we cannot truly love others.  And we will remain forever in a dim and dank fog of unenlightened existence.  Attaining self-mastery is a challenge, like trying to see the forest through the trees, on a mist-shrouded lake.  But we must keep searching, moving, aspiring.  And if we persevere, the light will shine through.

Alluring Vista – Image c 2012 Lynda Lehmann – Shot in Acadia National Park

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The Spark

Lake at Dawn – Image c Lynda Lehmann

 

THE SPARK


Creativity is the tiny voice that sings “I am” in the gloom of  darkest night.  

It is the song of the soul revealing itself, reveling in tiny moments of truth.

Creativity is the pulse that quivers with hope

in the rubble of man’s discontent

and the flame of commitment in the rearing of a child.

Creativity lays a gentle sheen

on the tired world on a moonless night, 

filling hollows and thickets and stark rooms

with murmurs of quiet inspiration.

Creativity quells the thirst for empty pleasures

and rides the waves of painful days.  

It fills old wounds and heals them.

It lights and smooths the steepest path.

It is the balm of my soul,

my intention, my purpose and passion.

Creativity is the Light of my life.


– Poem c Lynda Lehmann 2011

Solitude – Image c Lynda Lehmann



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“The Pathology of Power”

“The Pathology of Power”.  Please scroll down this page if you would like to read the words of Norman Cousins.

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Marketplace Photo Gallery: Landscapes of extraction

Marketplace Photo Gallery: Landscapes of extraction.

 

 

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Thistle Thicket

Even the spiny thistle has its own character and beauty, and Nature’s wise hand plays its magic on both the buds and blossoms of that we customarily think of as a weed.  Maybe our emphasis on labeling things is just a superficial convenience that really fragments our minds and closes off our perception.  We dismiss things too easily, because we have labeled them by our own accord, i.e. by our verbal traditions, either personal or acquired.  Whether we refer to something with a nickname we have coined or by the vernacular of our time and place, we may limit its impact on our lives by relegating it to a negative mindset and meaning.  What do you think?

Image and Text c Lynda Lehmann.

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