Welcome to the first article of a new series called Curiosity Lens. This series acts as a guide to stretch our curiosity muscle and look at curiosity as an essential lens to view and create the world around us. This series is for anyone and everyone who has a knowing from within they are creators, be it from any walk of life, trade, profession, or way of being. Curiosity’s sidekicks, observation, awareness, and imagination also join in on the adventures. Enjoy, have fun and get juiced up!
View the three paintings by artist Fritz Millevoix. Have a journal or recorder ready to document your observations to the questions and expand on any details you’d like to add about the fruit, land, and figure in each painting. ‘Fruit’ is being used as a literal translation to present the curiosity questions. Use your own interpretation as to what you see and follow where your imagination takes you.
What if it was possible to grow fruit this large…
What would the seed look like?
How big or small is the seed?
What type of plant structure would hold this size fruit?
How heavy or light is the fruit?
What aroma comes from the fruit?
Do the figures have superpowers to carry this size fruit?
What if the figures were miniature.
Where are the figures going to or coming from?
What part of the world does the fruit grow?
Or is it from another planet/galaxy?
What is the fruit used for?
Is it even called fruit?
What if this size fruit had a special name, what would it be?
Keep your inquisitive nature flowing!
Now, look at your present surroundings through your curiosity lens. Use all your senses. Does your reality seem real?
New Discovery: Working with hand-made paper can be a delicate process. The paper can get a wrinkle(s) depending on how you’re handling it. The wrinkle can be an added unique element to the look of the paper, it can be a gotta start over decision-maker wrinkle, or the wrinkle can bring on new ideas and processes. With this artwork, Interface, a wrinkle brought on new materials to support and stabilize the paper while I add the embroidery and beading. I discovered fusible interfacing. Yay! It comes in different weights and can be fusible on one-side or double-sided. An iron is needed to heat set the interfacing to the paper.
When your art speaks to you: What I find humorous about discovering and using the fusible interface is that there is a female-like face within one of the squares. This leads me to the word interface which I’ll share my interpretation – a connection made between two worlds, the physical and non-physical. Yes, I have a creative mind and I like to have fun with it, for me these coincidences add intrigue and spark the imagination. I recently watched the original movie, and the remake, of A Wrinkle in Time. It all makes me giggle. This is one example of why process art is so much fun and all the synchronicities that come with it!
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What is imagination for you? Can imagination even be defined? Short answer, yes, to bring meaning and purpose for the lower mind to visualize and understand. On the other end of the spectrum, and another perspective, imagination is open-ended and undefinable. Imagination sprouts from multisensory feelings, past the basic feelings and senses we are used to. Therefore each person experiences their imagination in different ways. We are multidimensional beings, creators of our world and how we choose to experience it. From the higher mind, everything flows together with ease in its knowing harmonious way filled with expansion and soul consciousness. No matter what you call yourself by what you do or by just being, imagination weaves its way into life’s tapestry.
A visual artist may be transported while painting an abstract landscape sensing the breeze in the sky, warmth of the sun, smells of plant life, sounds of birds and conversations between figures, the touch of grass while laying on the ground, and a peaceful feeling from allowing the paint to respond to one’s inner joy. And so much more all while sensing and feeling from all directions beyond space and time.
Take it from Mary Poppins and Bert, it’s one thing to look at a painting, it’s another to jump into it and experience it. This is Imagination Elation, the essence of creating from multisensory feelings. Though I used a painter painting as an example, use your expanded imagination for the conscious creation of a project, choosing a new home, a place you’d like to travel to, etc. Every soulful being on this planet has access to experience Imagination Elation. You can liken it to a muscle, the more you use it in your daily life, the more awareness you’ll have for conscious creation.