Going with the Flow...The last quarter 2021 found me exploring and painting with acrylics on canvas and since then I have amassed an impressive body of work which I conveniently display in my studio. I recently stood back to take them all in and was quite surprised that 3/4 of them all had water themes, which I did not plan. Hmmm... that's interesting, I remember thinking, what's up with all the water?
Over-thinking, as I normally do, it occurred to me I'd been painting in the studio daily and focused in my own world, allowing life to be. Metaphorically, this experience is like the water's current floating and carrying me in it's flow. Yes... that's it...I was in the flow.
This flow is a mental state where one is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, involvement, and enjoyment of the process. Everyone can experience this flow and my thinking boldly believes meaning and value occur during these times.
Flow has actually been studied and if you'll allow me to mix creativity with science for a moment I'd like to share that in flow states one feels the potential to succeed, has immediate feedback, and are so engrossed that other needs are not important.
I personally feel clarity, serenity, and timelessness. So flow essentially equates to happiness.
That's how I view it...that's how I feel it... a true bonus by-product of my creative life.
t would be fun to talk with others about this optimal experience but my sense is that this feeling is worthy of itself and requires no explanation of meaning.
The real question might be:
HAVE YOU FLOWED LATELY?
Enjoy and see the beauty around you,
Hi...I'm Patrice... an acrylic painter who writes, and enjoys sharing how I create and think.