studio practice - creative process #1

my creative process are varies from time to time.  i typically work with no plan, i let myself start without thinking too much and let the thought process begin after i step in. i also work better with background noises: music, movie, podcasts, etc- but there are times when i just want to slow down,  take my notes, sit in silence, close my eyes, and try to listen to the sounds around me and inside me. 

what's on the outside?
when i was working on the drawings above, i started by sitting in my studio balcony and wrote down every single sounds caught by my ears; from people walking, dog barking, kids laughing, ice cream trucks passing, the sound of the wind, even the sound of the leaves touching each other on the trees. i wrote it down and then i closed my eyes for a few minutes to get the emotions out of this environment.

by doing that, i experienced the feeling as if the time just stops. i can feel my self being present in this very moment of my life-every seconds that can never came back-, i felt one with the nature. and most of the time,  i taste gratefulness.

what's on the inside?
after i draft down all the outside noises,  it's time to get into the inside, that means; the thoughts in my head, the wonders, the questions, the awes, name of people, memories that cross in my mind, and then, again, i will close my eyes and try to recognise what sort of feelings that i have at that moment, am i happy? sad? anxious? excited? etc- i also listen to the little voice within because i believe that is the truest form of myself speaking truth.

...and then, move on to the fun part.
after i finish my notes, i prepare my materials, pick up the colours that represent the mood, and start painting :)

vulnerability of my work
i feel like this process help me to understand my self better, it's a self-exploration. i am in touch with how i feel and what is happening in my life. in and out. it's important for me as an artist to acknowledge this so that i can create a raw and honest work. 
 thank you for reading this post, to see more artworks, go to instagram @marisawij x
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