Galumphing: page 42-3 of Kay Redfield Jamison's book EXUBERANCE; The Passion For Life, describes it beautifully, I LOVE this book, I've read it many times over.
Today I had these moments of pure "I am definitely IN my painting". It is a sensation I hope everyone experiences once in their life. Wether it is losing yourself at work crunching numbers, running back and forth from here to there, while dancing in a crowded club with music coursing through the cells of your body, standing on a stage performing your heart out, sewing to your hearts content, creating music, singing your soul out in the comfort of your bathroom, ripping seams as you design the next fashion item, hiking through lush forests, swimming with wild dolphins, editing, enveloped in the smells of the dark room, whatever your passion may be, true enjoyment of BEING, these moments are treasures!
I just couldn't keep from relaying this message. The brush couldn't translate the expression I needed and wanted to share in my painting, this resulted in taking the bristles within my hands, in between fingers, dripping with paint, splattering the surface of my canvas as if the paint were an extension of my body's movement. I finally felt satisfied and elated!
To get to this point can be challenging especially with all the distractions of the modern world. I find the practice of being in the studio and 'losing myself', a state of targeted concentration, a meditative experience. If only I can remain in this state at all times, but then I guess those moments wouldn't be as special.
On the wall in my studio; positive affirmation to self:)