How The **** Do I Know When A Thing Is Finished?!

In asking for feedback for The Divine Creative mentoring programme -“what do you feel holds you back from your deepest creative power?” – one of the repeated responses was ‘how the hell do I know when an artwork/ a project is finished?’

It’s a prevalent problem in our modern culture of over-stimulation and distractedness – finishing anything becomes so much more difficult than just having a wee peek at my feed/ stream, or beginning something new…

We’re perpetually revved-up on adrenaline and caffeine, sugar and screens, tension and empty-calories – so our brains becoming very habituated in that shallow, jumpy energy that is useful for beginning things… But it keeps on firing the starting gun, even when we should be slowing down, or resting.

The ability to finish things is a precise indicator of our spiritual well-being. A chronic problem with finishing might mean a deeper lack of alignment on various levels; our confidence, a disconnect between mind-body-emotions-spirit, the way we’re organising our lives (or not), our attitude to how we present ourselves to the world.

It might take a lot of unpacking, but looking at how we finish our work (or not) – just bringing our awareness to the ways we’re procrastinating, or holding back, or feeling afraid – this can reveal a great deal. And in this way, we can subtly and gently tweak ourselves towards completion, resolution, wholeness.

It’s not about a big dramatic push towards the finish-line, but a skilled, practised, intelligent movement towards refinement of a thing. This is more often than not a deeply intuitive and felt thing, rather than a logical path made from specific steps. It comes from the doing, not from the thinking about doing.

As I mention in the podcast, I’ll be announcing openings in the new year for The Divine Creative mentoring programme, which will be supporting the immense creative potential of wise humans like yourself, in challenges like this one… In the meantime:

Click here to download a current copy of my art catalogue – and here to see my arthouse for sale website.

Go to Vacation With An Artist to learn how you can visit Guardia Sanframondi in Italy, and work side by side with me in my studio.

And visit The School of Real Art on Teachable, to get immediate access to my teachings and podcast collections – and see The Divine Creative to hear about my soon-to-launch mentoring programme.

Blessings on your day, and on your creative expansion into the divinity of life,

Making Space To Make

Sustaining a serious creative practise – or even getting started with one! – is an art. Several distinct pillars have to simultaneously be kept in place, inner and outer worlds need to be synchronised, and we need to prise a certain level of freedom from the condensed tightness of expected-conformity that surrounds us in the modern world.

Many creative folks get stuck before even beginning; “I don’t have the time, the space, the energy, the ideas, the enthusiasm…!” – or they run out of any/ all of these elements, over the years…

This is a podcast around how we can listen to the flow that is in all things – the harmony of divine creative intelligence – to understand how best to find our space, our creative liberty, the deepest purpose and meaning in our work and life.

photo by crystal davis

It can seem impossible to prise the time and space to create, from our rushed consciousness. It’s getting easier and more ‘normal’ rather, to give in to the onslaught of superficial stimulation, global concerns, the sense that we are in a state of emergency… Art might feel like the last thing we should be doing, whilst forests are burning, ice caps melting, people killing each other…

However, there is profound meaning and purpose in removing ourselves from the conventional mindset (and behaviour), and in beginning to carve out space to make, time to ruminate, energy to express ourselves, focus to allow there to be flow. It is a revolutionary act to begin to harness and harvest our time much as we return to food-growing and reclaiming our capacity to live off the land – taking our focus away from consuming and from forcing things into being, and bringing it into the quiet magic of the underlying perfection of Life.

photo by Kat Tan

If you have a creative calling, it’s very likely that the universe (and other humans!) will support you in it. It’s not an accident that we’re born with such passions and callings that want to come through us, and daring to step into our time and space as sovereign, sacred, this is of the most powerful healing acts that we do in this world.

If you’re seriously struggling with this, however, I’m developing The Divine Creative mentoring programme, to help get you onto the aligned path with your gifts… See more via these pages.

photo by Charlotte Sorensen

If you’d also like to hear more about how I personally dove into divine creative flow, to manifest my magical arthouse and Free Life in Italy – see my video about How I Came To Be In Guardia Sanframondi.

In my arthouse studio, 2017

More soon from this blogcast – but as ever, see everything that I’m creating via Patreon.

Click here to download a current copy of my art catalogue – and here to see my arthouse for sale website.

Go to Vacation With An Artist to learn how you can visit Guardia Sanframondi in Italy, and work side by side with me in my studio.

And visit The School of Real Art on Teachable, to get immediate access to my teachings and podcast collections.

Blessings on your day, and on your creative expansion into the divinity of life,

art censorship, and what you can do about it

Hallo beautiful human – welcome to my new blogcast!

My art was censored and I was blocked from mainstream social media earlier this year, so had an extended period of reflection on what this means – on why the human body is being routinely classified as pornographic and offensive, and removed from common parlance.

Here are some thoughts around what a serious issue we have, allowing the wholesale censorship of art depicting-human-likeness. Ultimately, having the nude human form (our innocent self!) removed entirely from visibility enormously affects our relationship with our bodies, our consciousness and will, our sense of identity and ability to express ourselves in the world, and most importantly, it disconnects us from our core creative power.

Censorship like this consequently supports our detachment from deeper truth, leaving us very much open to manipulation and addictions – hence the movement towards the majority of us being super-dependent on consistent superficial over-stimulation, on rushing-and-tension as baseline ‘normal’.

We can do a lot to change this – and to rejuvenate our collective values – in particular by supporting art and artists, who are at the edge of all things, making our human experience larger.

Please consider being a patron to the arts (e.g. through Patreon); please make artists more visible through liking, commenting on and sharing their work online; please speak out about censorship, or even contact the corporations who are censoring (Facebook and Instagram are major culprits); and please tell artists directly – and tell other people! – that you value their work.

For every artwork censored, for every artist blocked from the language of the everyday, the world becomes less colourfull, more superficial, less rich and magical… Think about that, and do something about it! http://www.claregalloway.com

As ever, see everything that I’m creating via Patreon.

Click here to download a current copy of my art catalogue – and here to see my arthouse for sale website.

Go to Vacation With An Artist to learn how you can visit Guardia Sanframondi in Italy, and work side by side with me in my studio.

And visit The School of Real Art on Teachable, to get immediate access to my teachings and podcast collections.

Blessings on your day, and on your creative expansion into the divinity of life,