The creative process exposed: A book on the creative artist's spiritual and intellectual journey.
Artclique: book on the creative process
Are you an artist seeking inspiration, or having trouble creating what is in your heart, then Gleaner or gladiator: the struggle to create is a book you should read. Described as 'a painting of a painters mind ' it is a narrative on one artist journey through the creative process.
Lyne Marshall is a contemporary Australian artist who has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas. At an Art Fair in Shanghai in 2003, she stood in front of a painting by an acclaimed Chinese contemporary artist, Zhou Changjiang. His painting projected something elusive and when she later visited his studio, she unexpectedly felt it again. She says of this encounter 'I was put into a spin, something in that art came out and touched me and left me breathless and tearful. I didn't know what it was! But I wanted it for my work.' It sent Lyne on a journey of discovery and her current paintings now have a spiritual, contemplative edge that exude life and energy, not unlike traditional Asian painting.
Marshall's book ' Gleaner or Gladiator: the struggle to create' is a result of over 5 years research into these creative processes that artist encounter and is a personal narrative of her struggle to step into the creative flow. The purpose of this book, Lyne says, is to reach out to others who need inspiration and the confidence to be creative and follow their hearts. The book also showcases her contemporary landscape paintings from 2005 to 2007 and photography from the environment that inspired the work. Although elements of nature invade Marshall's art, especially skies, these are far from realistic works. They are instead, imaginary landscapes that have many perspectives. For artworks to be authentic Lyne believes they need to have an altruistic purpose and slowly evolve. Finding this reason for creating she says requires some soul searching. ' During my university art training, I was directed away from what my heart was saying. This may have been necessary to break the rigid mould I was in at the time, but until I found myself again, I was lost for many years'. Constant searching for answers finally paid off, but Lyne feels the journey is still unfolding.Her book Gleaner or Gladiator: the struggle to create,is an honest energetic account of her discoveries, and the ups and downs of being creative, but it ultimately about the joy of art.
What readers have said about this book
' A painting of a painters mind '
' I have a lifetime of inspiration now at my fingertips.
Thank you so much, your book is a rare gift.'
' Written with such candor, clarity and energy'
' With a rare gift of true spontaneous creativity together with a sharp analytical mind and truly generous spirit, the author provides insight into her wonderful spiritual approach to art and strong underlying technical skill ’
Chapter One: Energy and action
"After months of pushing and pulling paint with the majority of output unsatisfactory, the door will open to the most pleasing work. Much later, as this process contracts, the realisation comes that this is how it is always going to be, but with the non-productive times lessening. There is undercurrent, a wheel turning within a wheel."