People always ask me how I can paint such vivid and complex imagery. My father once asked me about my creative process. This is what I told him. My art creative process generally follows the same pattern over and over again. At first I start to think about some important social issue. My mind soon starts to receive powerful and often surreal images of both modern and ancient iconography concerning the issue.
Most of my artwork was originally inspired by historical events or very current social and political problems. I have never produced a work of art for “art’s sake.” My creative impulse begins as an intellectual idea or theme that ignites an emotional response to visualize images that take on a life of their own.
Generally these images arrive in my mind at lightning speed. Sometimes I get a flash of the completed art image. Other times, it’s fragmented, like a kaleidoscopic image rotating non-stop. Most of the time, the images in my mind are crystal clear and often highly colorful and complex. It is as if I was looking through a very clear window. I just see the art image with my “third eye”.
The third eye is interpreted by various disciplines to mean some perception beyond ordinary consciousness. In Hinduism, the third eye is seen as a doorway to higher consciousness. In New Age spirituality, the third eye can imply a state of enlightenment or spiritual or psychological significance. It can also be identified with precognition and out-of-body experiences.
For me, my third eye is my doorway to creativity. The more I can keep it open, the more I can visualize my emotional impulses triggered by the original idea or theme.
Question: Do you recognize and use your third eye?