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Creative Project

So basically for this creative project I wanted to paint a self portrait, although with a medium I don’t usually work with, so I tried watercolours. I practiced painting with them for a bit, but I couldn’t really get it right. There are some embarrassing attempts which I didn’t keep, although one attempt worked okay, I just find the painting boring overall.

And I know, I haven’t shown how I got to that final painting, which is why I want to try something new. So I took a bunch of photos and edited them to how I wanted them to look in the painting. Also in my previous posts I referenced a few artists who’s work have given me ideas. Mark Demsteader’s work and Kathleen Lolley’s work has inspired me the most.

 

 

Don’t mind my photoshop skills..

Barn Owl

Barn Owl 2

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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in Creative Project

 

Week 6 Tutorial

Question 1

a. 9 aspects associated with flow:

1. There are clear goals every step of the way
2. There is immediate feedback to one’s actions
3. There is a balance between challenges and skills
4. Action and awareness are merged
5. Distractions are excluded
6. There is no worry of failure
7. Self-consciousness disappears
8. Sense of time becomes distorted
9. The activity becomes autotelic

b. There is a definite relationship between the aspects of flow and creativity, I believe you will achieve some sort of flow when you are really enjoying what you are creating. In relation to my work, I think that when the creativity is forced I will not produce my best work, and it is not enjoyable. Of all the theories of creativity that we have discussed in this semester, I think I can relate to this one the most in terms of my creative practice.
Csikszentmihalyi also states that happiness is achieved after flow, as happiness is a distraction from the task, I agree with this as I find that when I am working I’m not really feeling anything as I am focused on the task at hand. Once there is an end result that is decent, then I will feel happy as I have achieved what I set out to do.

Question 2.

As I still live at home I am kind of restricted in having a creative environment or atmosphere, especially confined to such a small space. Obviously, the ideal situation would be to have a studio, but right now I just try to keep a little space that kind of inspires me or motivates me to be creative. I think if I had a larger space to work with, I would be more inclined to work way more often than I do now.
Other ways I keep a creative atmosphere is by always collecting information or pictures that I can use in my work, even if I don’t end up using them. Frequently I will go to websites such as booooooom!Escape Into Life and Art Sponge to look at other contemporary artists’ work as inspiration. I also use StumbleUpon as sometimes odd/interesting pictures or stories will come up which could inspire my work. So I find that by regularly looking at art and reading books, watching movies, listening to music always contributes to my create atmosphere.

References

Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1996). The Flow of Creativity. Creativity: Flow and the psychology of discovery and invention (pp. 107-126). New York: HarperCollins.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2011 in Tutorial

 

Week 5 Tutorial

Question 1

a. Active Imagination is a method which Jung used to reconnect with his creative spirit and heal himself within. He did this by reconnecting with his imagination and fantasies through play. He was able to reawaken his creative spirit by maintaining a “self-reflectve, conscious point of view.” He didn’t believe that this process could be taught, but believed that it is an inner necessity which is natural and inborn.

b. Individuation is like the maturing of a persons soul, it is a process in which they will find their ‘real’ self and their fulfilment in life. I see this as a stage in a persons life when you just accept who you are, the good and the bad parts, which I can relate to. I think that everyone will go through a stage in their life when they don’t want to be different or considered ‘weird’, especially in high school, but once you reach that ‘stage of individuation’ you are more accepting of yourself.

c. Archetypes are what Jung describes as “genetic blueprints for ideal types of behaviour.”

The King: Provides order through law and is the one who keeps the peace and order.
The Warrior: Possesses aggressive energy and is very sure of himself, he knows his goals and how to achieve them. He is selfless and fights for causes for humanity rather than for himself, although sometimes he is seen as emotionally distant.
The Magician: Is the teacher and initiator.
The Lover: Is the passionate figure, the one connected to others who seeks unity and oneness.

d. The Shadow is a persons ‘dark’ or negative side, it is a side that is repressed and exists in our unconscious. This ties in with individuation as that is when we recognise our shadow self and embrace it so it becomes apart of our personality

e. Jung uses his anima (feminine) and animus (masculine) theory to deal with gender issues, he believes that both men and woman possess the opposite in their unconscious. Men possess an anima and women, an animus. The discovery of the anima or animus is a stage of individuation.

f. Mythopoesis is essentially creation of myths. Mythical worlds include J.R.R Tolkeins ‘Middle Earth’ in The Lord of the Rings, and also C.S Lewis’ Narnia. There are also myths in popular culture, for example, vampires in television series such as Buffy and True Blood and movies such as Underworld and Blade.

References:

OShaugnessy, M. Stadler, J. (2002). Carl Jung. Media and Society: An introduction (pp. 176-184). Victoria: Oxford University Press.

Jung, C. (1997). Jung on active imagination (pp. 1-17, 28-33). (Ed. Joan Chodorow). London: Routledge.

Spoors, G. (2011). Lecture Notes. Retrieved from Edith Cowan University, School of Communication and Arts website: https://lms.sca.ecu.edu.au/units/CCA1103/lectures/week_5_mythopoesis.pdf

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Tutorial