The creative flow

For some time now I have been aware how my feelings affect my paintings. Never has this been more so since I began painting my Saltwater series. The results of my seascapes are more often than not a subconscious manifestation of what is happening in my life at that moment in time. Only on reflection does this became apparent to me, never are the paintings contrived to fit an emotion, they are a completely instinctive acknowledgement that manifests as I am painting.

Moontide - Oil on panel - 30cm x 30cm Seascape by Tori Tipton
Moontide – Oil on panel – 30cm x 30cm

“The state of our heart at the moment of applying paint to canvas gets into the mix somehow. What our audience actually ‘gets’ when they regard our work is simply how we felt while we were doing it.”

– Eleanor Blair

My latest painting “Moontide” is an intuitive response to the cycles of nature, the waxing and waning, the ebb and flow of the tides which are reflected on a smaller scale in the cycle of the female body. The darkness, the release, and clarity that I experience are all represented in this painting.

“One makes use of pigments, but one paints with one’s feelings.”

-Jean-Baptiste- Simeon Chardin

When I began I had no idea that this painting would evolve to become a visual metaphor for my monthly cycle. As with my paintings that reflect my moods this is just a creative response to what was happening during the time of painting. Yes, I understand that some people may see this post and think that it should be filed under the “Too Much Information” category; however what would be the point in being discreet when I want to be honest and open about my creative process?

8 thoughts on “The creative flow

    1. Thank you so much. I’ve only recently realised just how much my creativity was affected by my moods. My cycle has a direct effect on my mood and so it makes sense that it should all link up. I Agree, too much is hidden away when it comes to issues that women face.

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  1. Great painting, and my full support on writing about emotions and personal awareness behind the painting and its process. I often write things in my blog as a personal record – sort of for myself. But then that can conflict with the popular idea that an artist should only put forth a confident, professional face. Very few artists are not highly sensitive and perceptive – I find my blog is a place where I can write about my insecurities and the faults I see in my paintings. One would not do this on a commercial web site or at an art exhibition. But a personal blog is another thing.
    Great post and a beautiful painting.

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    1. Thank you Fritz for your thoughtful comment.
      One thing that I strongly believe in is authenticity and like you I find that my blog allows me to record my thoughts, feelings and processes without having to put on a spin on it so that it appeals to a wider audience.
      My blog is also primarily a journal of my creative journey. I could have kept a personal diary but then I wouldn’t have made the connection with all of the wonderful creative souls who’ve joined and encouraged me on this voyage.
      It’s great to hear your thoughts and I look forward to reading your blog.
      Best wishes, Tori

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