Algae at Johnston Lake: Photo by Noelle

Algae at Johnston Lake: Photo by Noelle

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” – Carl Jung

14 thoughts on “Play

  1. I wonder why you took photo of Algae, instead of beautiful landscape at Johnston Lake. Maybe you got bored of watching too beautiful scenery (attachment). In this sense, you may have a perverse nature or a warped disposition. But it can be also said that your creative mind was playing with the objects (Algae) it loved. I guess the objects (Algae) grasped yourself through your detachment (right perception). The truth is that ugly algae and beautiful landscape are interdependent. “This is, because that is.”

    • I find beauty in many things. The pattern in this algae has a curious grace and elegance. I love landscapes, but they don’t challanege my spirit to see their beauty because they are beautiful. Finding beauty where no one looks, for me, opens my heart. Thank you for coming for a visit. I love having guests!

      • Hats off! I have to apologize to algae to have said that it is ugly. You really found beauty in algae. I am impressed by your insight. It may be an unconscious cognitive therapy. It still looks like a weather map for me, though.

  2. This quote just opened something up for me. I’ve just finished crafting a card and gift for a friend. I started with one idea and went in an entirely different direction. That’s when the joy in the creative process happened for me. I used to think I lacked creative vision when I wasn’t able to plan out my idea in my head ahead of time.

    Playing with bits of paper and ephemera lead to the ideas and the final creation.

    Thank you!

    • Loved this. I really think when we let go we have far more creative power. It’s funny you should mention this. One of my favorite artist quote site had two quotes I think you’ll like.

      “To some extent I happily don’t know what I’m doing. I feel that it’s an artist’s responsibility to trust that.”
      – David Byrne (of Talking Heads), musician, composer


      “My paintings evolve organically from life’s everyday glances. Rather than trying to force my will on them, I give them total control. Each layer determines and guides the next”

      – Dion Archibald, Australian, painter

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