“One of the strangest things is the act of creation. You are faced with a blank slate—a page, a canvas, a block of stone or wood…” by Vera Narazian.
I was looking for inspiration the other day and read this quote from Vera Narazian. The quote comes from her calendar the Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration. The quote got me to thinking about the process of creating.
Though I’m not working with a block or stone or piece of wood, but rather working with a piece of clay, the idea is similar. This blank piece of clay is staring at me and I think – what can I do with it? It’s a strange sensation but I go into a therapeutic place in my head (or maybe it’s in my heart) and I simply start painting (intuitively) and the process results in joy and satisfaction.
Painting clay is an exercise in patience. It takes time for each layer to dry and many layers of paint are needed to penetrate the clay and get pretty hues of colours. I’m oblivious to the passing of time… three hours later but I’m still focused on the pendant. It’s nearly 9 pm and I’m finally putting the clay into the oven.
Then, I wait for a half hour and excited to see the final product. When it comes out, I jump from joy. It's gorgeous.
The combination of all these elements of the creation process bring joy, satisfaction, and a sense of creation.
And… there’s one more result – a pretty mandala pendant. I still need to trim, sand, paint, and seal these... but I'm well on my way.