Thoughts on creating

In a sense the creative process is a form of getting lost, and then becoming found…Through the act of painting I find myself in a trance-like state, or meditation.  In my own art practice, it is all about brush control, and being in a state of contemplation. This is why I love sacred and religious icons and Indian miniatures.   Sometimes I find myself not knowing who is painting the picture, myself, or if the picture is painting itself through me.. The image wants to be expressed through me as a conduit.

People often talk about creative blocks, and my answer to that is ‘Just start.. and see where it leads you.’  Don’t worry if it’s not a ‘good piece’ .. just begin…’

Some people I work with on my retreats are more expressive; they love to use less control and just let go…Sometimes people paint with their left hand (if they are right-handed,) or with their eyes closed, or in the dark, or outside at night, by moonlight..




About alicemason1

Artist, painter. All works on this blog are my copyright. Do not use any works for your own websites, commercial ventures or publicity. If you would like to ask permission to use any works for your own ventures, please email me: or contact via this blog. Again, ALL WORKS ARE MY COPYRIGHT. Ask permission, and I will ask for a donation. Artists need to earn a living. Always credit an artist when you have obtained permission. I am an artist, illustrator and mother and live by the sea in the south east of England. I paint every day and am inspired by nature, mysticism and consciousness.. I hold art retreats in southern Spain. These retreats are for lovers of nature, art, walking, mountains, creativity, dance, music, yoga and meditation. I work alongside other artists to bring about these retreats. All works on this blog are my copyright. Do not use for your own purposes. If you would like to buy rights to use an image, please contact me on or visit my Etsy shop. My Etsy shop:
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1 Response to Thoughts on creating

  1. Martin says:

    It’s a wonderful frame of mind (and heart) during the creation of a painting. Something unconscious is flowing out of you.

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