I attended a gathering this week where I was asked what kind of art I made. This is a loaded question and one I often find difficult to answer. I said I love colour and believe that the creative process in all its forms is the key to emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing. I was then asked if I thought everyone had a desire to create. My answer was a resounding – yes.
This years visit to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. After returning home I thought more about my response.
Our inborn creativity has to be nurtured in the same way that we care for our minds and bodies. For example, if we allowed one of our limbs to shrivel and atrophy – we would always be aware of the many things we might have done with the full use of that limb. It is much the same with creativity. Not to use it in one form or another, brings frustration often accompanied by a sense of loss. A loss that in many ways we are unable to identify. Use it or lose it really does apply.
Jayanthi Rani at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition This beautiful watercolour was painted by Jayanthi Rani who I met five years ago when she came to my painting course in Portugal….and since then it has been my great privilege to watch her work blossom and grow. You can see more of Jayanthi’s work on her FB page. It seems to me that as we try to fill the ever widening holes within as our collective senses are being deadened through the over use of technology, our frustration levels grow and the need for a creative outlet even more acute.
Nurturing my little cottage garden in Wales from a barren, fallow patch, was a creative project I loved. Cooking, sewing, knitting, writing, dance, music – I could go on and on. When I observe people using a myriad of creative disciplines – I see people who in that moment feel a sense of contentment and wellbeing.
I am off to Crickhowell, Wales (AKA The Magical Town of Crickadoon) on Monday and will hopefully return with lots of new ideas and sketches.
For now I leave you with a happy moment from last year along with a watercolour of the beautiful Use Valley.