creative practice

a sketchbook flip-thru | Something from the Studio 15

Creativity is about connections, and connections are not made by siloing everything off into its own space. New ideas are formed by interesting juxtapositions, and interesting juxtapositions happen when things are out of place.
— Austin Kleon

I finally edited this flip-through video of a "patchwork" sketchbook I put together earlier this year.

By "patchwork" I mean a conglomeration of spreads created by pieces and parts from my creative practice, sketches, fodder, unfinished art journals+such - and even remnants from art I made 20+ years ago - all hanging around in my studio in various places. 

Putting two sketches, paintings or visual ideas next to each other, that weren't necessarily made with one another in mind, is a wonderful way to see some of your own style or visual language coming through, without even really trying. You begin to see the way you make marks even as you change mediums or focus, the colors and movement, the energy within the simpler pages, and the beauty behind the messy pages and nonsensical leftovers.

This sketchbook is not one of my more intentional contemplative or intuitive practices at all, and it's certainly no masterpiece or poster-child for intricately completed art or art journaling. 

It's a sketchbook. An idea book. A place of collection and everyday creative-randomness, noticing, expression... coming together eventually in unexpected ways. Unexpected visual dialogues and juxtapositions.

It IS a unique approach, though, in that I don't always put together sketchbooks like this one usually.

My current everyday sketchbook approach has more of a sequence in time as I capture ideas, and a lot more writing involved. But this one definitely became an interesting contemplation in its own right, in the process of bringing things together from a span of many years... with some pages that surprised me with a spark of curiosity and have led to more meditative or interesting explorations and ideas since. 

Things had to be pulled out of their tidy places to be seen fresh in new relationships with one another. They found a new place to be, so there is a bit of that mysterious process paradox at play, too.

This video/sketchbook also includes a peek at a couple of sketches that did become larger paintings and meditations in my process. Those paintings are here and here.

A flip-thru video of a mixed-media sketchbook art journal | Hali Karla Arts

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Also - that Austin Kleon quote is from his book Keep Going - it’s a good one.

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the time it takes for Creative Practice (musing + video) | Something From the Studio 14

Here’s a recent intuitive painting process video, with a musing on taking time to cultivate a Creative Practice (and the sense of connection we find within it). Just a little Something From the Studio…

Here’s an imperfect transcript, in case you like to read the words:

Hello there friends. This is just a little something from the studio.

It's a time-lapse video of an intuitive piece I created not that long ago.

I thought I'd share just briefly some of the things I've been thinking about and came up for me with this painting and editing this video.

I've been thinking about time, and how we make time and take time, and how we spend the currency of our time.

And thinking about the time it takes to cultivate a creative practice.

This is something that often comes up for people who are trying to find a rhythm with their own creative practice and what it looks like to fit creativity into a full and busy life. And to create that space in our life for a creative practice that touches both that joy and that depth within the process, and reawakens that spark of creative energy within us and makes us feel a little more connected to some of those things that we can't put words to.

And yet here in social media and all these things, we present our lives and our art in, you know, very specific sorts of lighting or environments. We use filters and tricks of illusions and we selectively curate what we're going to show and what we're not, and then we add in these explanations and edited captions and things, and then we present it at 20 times the speed - for instance, like in this video - hoping for what? you know?

I don't know… we're hungry. We're hungry to share, we're hungry to see what others have to share. Then we're hoping for some sort of mass consumption or something - perhaps to be inspired, to inspire others… and we eat it up, right?

Because of that hunger, we eat it up, what we all put out there, we eat it up. Because we love to be entertained by this promise of a quick result.

And then we wonder why it can be so hard to actually slow down and do the work it actually takes to enjoy and be present to our hands-on creativity, bringing that creative energy out of the ideas of our mind and into something that's manifested before us.

Into listening to the call of our spirit and engaging with touch… connecting to our life, to one another, to the natural rhythms that pulse and germinate within us.

But if we pause long enough to listen, we'll hear this wisdom in our cells that reminds us that anything fruitful and life-giving, anything worth our time and attention…

will ask us to simply take the time it takes… 

to slow down… 

and to remember our place in this real time experience of creating and creation.

intuitive painting art demo with musing on Creative Practice | Hali Karla Arts

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That’s why I’m bringing RELATE back this year, with new iterations to explore.

That, and because I’m feeling a need to ‘take a walk’ with the teachings again myself.

The core of the seven teachings in RELATE don’t change much, but we do. And our perspectives shift. Relationships continue to teach us hard and beautiful lessons and truths… and life keeps asking us to show up to whatever it presents. To discern when to lean in, to offer, to accept, and when to choose boundaries or walk away.

I don’t know about you, but I need anchors of support to ground me and guide me, conscious reflection to keep me focused, and good flowing practices with the spirit of my creativity and intuition to keep me feeling and acting like the best me I can.

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a detail of an intuitive mixed-media prayer painting i made in a previous version of RELATE (by Hali Karla)

a detail of an intuitive mixed-media prayer painting i made in a previous version of RELATE (by Hali Karla)