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On the Creative Process

By Tina Christophillis

Aug 21st 2011


Self-cultivation is being alone and getting to know who you are.  It is just as important as the act of creative production. You can’t have results unless you have a process. Processing, cultivation and dreaming time for all creative people, and we are all creative people, is essential.

What is it that you do? How can you change your life so you can allow yourself this space? Let’s take a moment to reflect.

Make a prayer to allow yourself this time, this stolen gift. Take a moment to put a blessing for this space in your life on an altar of self-cultivation.

Can you make your own altar? What would it be like? What are your sketchbooks like? What are your journals like? What are your hard drives like? What are your notebooks, bookshelves, draws, boxes and closets like? I would go as far as to say, that these things are absolutely imperative. They are the life force, the soul, the breathing things of your work. The result, the finished piece, the hung, signed, framed, published, showcased, distributed and performed work is an afterglow of this quest. The real thing lies in your process. What is it like?

You’ve got to dig. And that takes time. Give yourself that time. Get to know who you are and get to know your process. Make sketches, drawings, rough drafts, and unedited versions. Here you will find the things that make up who you are. And your ideas will blossom.

Take the pressure off and treat this time as sanctified, pure and ordained. That’s because it is. Nothing is more important than your process. I think it’s your legacy. It’s what you will leave behind.

Ah, the fresh air of creativity runs through your veins like a gentle breeze. It is cool and easy, fresh and forgiven. It is manifested like water, and water is the fuel of life as is cultivation and expression of the self, the higher self. It is sacred and timeless.

Imagine light turned on bright. Channel it through your intention, your power. You have that kind of power.



This is great street art. I really wish our city would have more of that stuff. Chicago has a lot of street art but also New York. In Europe its really popular as well.

Yes, I also LOVE this picture. Very well done. It looks so real. How about the picture from the last post? that might have been even better.

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    Hi I'm Fotini 

    Welcome to my blog!

    I am a painter currently based in Greenville, South Carolina.  Through my work, I seek to communicate an internal narrative using traditional painting processes.  

    Here you will find information about what I am working on, recollections of my process, things that inspire me. I am asking questions about art, writing letters to myself, reflecting, learning, growing, discovering.  Thank you for joining and supporting the adventure.