In my travels through books, blog posts and YouTube channels I’ve found many speaking of experiencing surges in their ability to create on a regular basis.
I’ve also found a correlation of similar personalities – sensitive introverts – and many of us soak up vibes and energies which we are able to transmute or channel into the forms we choose to use to create.
This process can be uncontrollable and hard to filter in or out. The word surge contains the word ‘urge’, after all. We tend to operate on feeling, on what we sense and feel we need to say or do rather than the logical response. Remember art can’t be emotive without emotion.
But our artistic power comes from this heightened ability. True, everyone can create, it’s a human thing, however power for an artist is through expression, in how we choose to transmute it into the tangible.
Expression is often not that express at all, we struggle to speak, to find our voice and put our work out there. Other times it gushes so fast it is a surge that overwhelms. This is volatile, potent energy. More balanced is the healthy division and play of light and dark, of positive and negative, of knowing when we struggle either way and still being able to allow creativity – the urge to create – through.
Power Surges as a painting illustrates this. It has both vibrancy and warning. Take lightning – we might stand transfixed at a window watching the electric strike across the sky, yet we are advised to keep out of danger by staying clear of it. We are drawn to its risk, a dramatic, stunning vision at the centre of a scary storm. We choose to study it, or turn our backs and miss out on a stunning light show.
A power surge can be combustible, elusive, a quick flash of inspiration. For us creators, we can experience this spark for days or weeks, and by transmuting we can transfer its inspiration to others.
By continuing to brave the shocks (we can’t help ourselves, it’s part of us) we acclimatise to this erratic process, we capture the euphoria and show others such power is not to be feared but embraced. Power is a necessary part of life – positive and negative . The spark brings life, the beginning in » EAST » direction.
Power Surges, 2019 » Ink & liquid watercolour on paper, 500x700mm, view to purchase this original work here.