Wednesday, July 16, 2014
This is one of those days where ideas, notions, events fall into place and coalesce in my mind and become a signpost on this life path I have chosen to explore. My mind is on being a visionary artist and what sort of things/events must be in place within the artist to impel them to create inspired artwork.
I think we (visionary artists) must have all had some type of peak experience, so powerful that it changed our viewpoint of the world in which we live; and we continue to have them from time to time, serving further inspiration.
I know with some certainty that I have had some peak experiences, none of which were induced by psychotropics. Today I realized that I am trying to replicate those peak experiences in my artwork. When I am working on a piece I find myself in the "zone," or "flow," and I feel invigorated and centered. Instead of being an adrenalin junkie, I am an art junkie : )
American psychologist and philosopher Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970) coined this term to describe nonreligious quasi-mystical and mystical experiences. Peak experiences are sudden feelings of intense happiness and well-being, and possibly the awareness of "ultimate truth" and the unity of all things. Accompanying these experiences is a heightened sense of control over the body and emotions, and a wider sense of awareness, as though one was standing upon a mountaintop. The experience fills the individual with wonder and awe. He feels at one with the world and is pleased with it; he or she has seen the ultimate truth or the essence of all things.