Sadko by Illya Repin
One of the paintings I found on my synchronistic trail today
I had begun to feel like I was just prevaricating but I kept telling myself all week that, whilst I desultorily sketched a few ideas, searched magazines and the net for image-clues and wrote little notes to myself about the meaning of these sections of the book, my subconscious was working hard on coalescing the ideas for the next two paintings.
I was helped from falling into depression about my seeming lack of progress by my delving into the Artist’s Way and finding the following:
“Creativity – like human life itself – begins in darkness…bright ideas are preceded by a gestation period that is interior, murky, and completely necessary….Mulling on the page is an artless art form…It is the way that ideas slowly take shape and form until they are ready to help us see the light…All too often when we say we want to be creative, we mean that we want to be able to be productive. Now, to be creative is to be productive – but by co-operating with the creative process, not forcing it.“
Despite this, yesterday I still felt that I really didn’t have a clue how to proceed but I made the decision to begin working in earnest today regardless.
Last night I dreamt that this ‘not knowing’ was the heart of the adventure of the series and today as I began to scan the images that I felt might be useful, I stumbled across a synchronistic trail that lead me deeper into the mystery of the themes. Its all becoming clearer in a convoluted sort of way!