|Seventh Lotus Flower - Samantha Rochard - Mixed Media|
Seventh Lotus Flower shows
How we collect decorations for our life;
Till those decorations become a need in themselves
and obscure the substance of life itself.
The creation of Seventh Flower was different. In all the others I had a message to convey, prior to the drawing. In sitting down to do seventh, determined to continue the process and force it if I had to; I began to draw. In my mind it was :" Add this, add that. more design more swirl."
At the end of Seventh Lotus Flower, I stuck it up on the wall in contemplation. I opened my mind to the message and heard " See what little substance it has. There is so much decoration, and line here and swirl there, that the true substance has disappeared."
And indeed.....is this what we do to ourselves? Add so much decoration to our lives that the core elements for true happiness are lost to us?"
I hesitated to put this up. I did not like this at all. Words from the artist Robert Regis Dvorak rang out in my mind; "Only show your best work!" (Selling Art 101)
This was promptly followed by words from Julia Cameron in "The Artist's Way" , that the artist must give themselves permission to do bad work.
Because the purpose of this blog is the process, not the final work, I decided to put in in.