An immersive, colour-led process

Reflections on the anthroposophical approach to art ‘ … because it is light filled as well, the nature of watercolour gives a luminosity to the picture which I think gives it an innately spiritual quality’ Sue Cramer, curator of Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW.

picture of fire butterfly on black background with hand underneath

Hearts Online: looking back at 2020 online

2020 saw the virtual world begin to take on equal importance, if not more, with the real world, for most of us, stuck in lockdown for months. We went online for work, for family, for education and for socialising. For many unaccustomed to living in a virtual world, it was

The Lived Experience of a Pandemic

The Lived Experience of a Pandemic was the follow-up online community gathering for the ASinA building on the success of our first event. Here is some of the feedback we received: “A real warming this cold digital world was experienced” “Thank you for the Easter talk, it supplied nourishment in

Hearts Online

Recently, I found myself hosting online gatherings for an Australia-wide community I belong to – on and off. I say “found myself” because it’s not something I planned as future career direction, and yet, here I am, quite happily developing a host persona. This takes some work, unless you are

Where do new ideas come from? And how do they emerge?

I found I was working in another space. The mind wasn’t judging, but rather, wondering. Since completing my doctorate in 2018, I have been developing a practice-based program promoting a new approach to creativity and cognition. Rather than writing academic papers, I’ve been giving lectures and workshops at colleges, schools

Art as Research

“I never made a painting as a work of art, it’s all research” (Pablo Picasso) Here is a short, very academic reflection upon art as a research process. It’s from my doctoral thesis, with a few adaptions. Making art is not so much a form of self-expression as a process

Painting for the Second Half of Life

A picture of yourself as a living piece of artwork, as a path to self-knowledge and transformation. In 2016 and 2017 I ran a series of consecutive weekend workshops exploring biography using therapeutic painting with a medical basis. These workshops were specifically aimed at people in the second half of

Being creative

A lived experience I want to write about the lived experience of being creative, so I sit down at my desk with pen and paper to gather my thoughts. But I am immediately beset with what I know, crowding out what I feel or what I experience. Deep immersion into so many theories¹

Some Thoughts on Drawing as a Contemplative Practice

  Art has long been recognized as a tool for self-knowledge, but it is increasingly recognized as a contemplative practice. It can be used simply to observe the way your mind processes information; as a meditation for quieting and focusing the mind and emotions; but it also has potential for

Some thoughts on the practice of beholding art

Light and darkness as revealed    The polarity of light and darkness is an excellent example of a binary opposition where the two opposing forces are best experienced simultaneously. Although they can be found in nature separately, our experiencing of them is enhanced by seeing them together, in interplay. consider

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