Precisely! This is creative concentration. Its not foreign to you. Actually its not foreign to any of us who when were children, who were allowed to just engage our imaginations and play without any "purpose" or direction or obligation. Lynda Barry, who has been my inspiration, talks about this and about the trick of creative concentration that trips many of us up as adults which is, "to stand not knowing certain things long enough for them to come to you." Movement (of a brush, a pen, a body, hands) is key to keep you rolling and your mind in that state where ideas can enter.
Originally Posted by Synarch
It could be because your iPad, and all electronics, have a delete key. I'm serious.
I have been doing some writing and I do occasionally paint on my iPad, but it doesn't feel "real" enough.
Brush painting has been around for thousands and thousands of years, and it isn't simply for the art's sake or the writing's sake, its also for the meditative side of it. The chi of the hand, so to speak.
Marion Milner wrote about this in 1957:
Yes! That is what it feels like exactly when I draw. I just focus on shading and cross hatching and it's like a state where consciousness smooths out and drops away.
"The phrase 'contemplative action' had seemed as appropriate description of the process: 'contemplative' to distinguish it from practical expedient action, 'action' to distinguish it from pure contemplation, to bring in the fact of the moving hand."
There is more where that came from. Lest you think I consider it a sad state always. I like this quote, too. It sort of reflects how creative concentration can quiet the mind and transform consciousness, even if it doesn't exactly change your physical reality.
Thanks for sharing that.
What I call alone
Is to forget both alone and not alone
And again to forget the one who forgets
This is truly to be alone.