Artistic Flow

waves.jpgNext time you find yourself in the state of artistic flow, stop and take a moment to evaluate and codify your sensory feedback. This will help you garner clues as to how to return to this state more often and readily.

For example: listen deeply, what are you hearing? Not hearing? Perhaps you have a favorite genre or piece of music that you enjoy working to. Or you may prefer silence, old TV movies or NPR? Are there any distinctive scents surrounding you? How does the clay feel on your fingertips? Are there specific aspects of the piece you are working on that encourages engagement? What is most exciting to you, the colors, textures, the repetitive nature of the construction or revisiting an idea?

Symptoms of positive artistic flow= loss of self-consciousness, a feeling of grace, suspension of time-seems either much slower or you loose track, joy, totally in the moment with the process.

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4 Responses to “Artistic Flow”


  1. 1 Laura September 12, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you — these are excellent and beautiful thoughts! πŸ™‚

  2. 2 Laura September 12, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you — these are excellent and wonderful thoughts! πŸ™‚

  3. 3 Melanie West September 13, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    Lindly, your blog is fantastic… I just read your post about “artistic flow”. Just perfect! You’ve found a way to describe a process that has, until now, been indescribable for me. You’ve offered a very simple, elegant approach for getting to a place that… well… just happens, for me. You’ve given me a way to look at that “flow” that is attainable. Thank you!!

    I’ll be sure to visit your blog on a regular basis. Would you mind if I added a link from my blog to yours?

    Again, many many thanks!

  4. 4 Alberta September 19, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    Thank you, there are some great ideas music, smell that I am going to include in my “working” regime. Look at art as fun not work. Thanks again.
    Alberta


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