Today's conversation with Andrea Mclean is poetic and rooted in the idea of art and creativity being a heartfelt journey.
Some of the things covered in this episode are:
-How linear time disappears when we are making creative work. Does it even exist?!
-How a creative life can be full of ease, alongside the doubts and the necessary sense of the void.
-Ways into creating a sustainable creative practice that nourishes us.
-Her advice to those that feel blocked in their creative practice or are unsure where to start.
-The different kinds of vision and how nature can gift us vision when we are alert to its magic and messages.
-The connection between Andrea’s and my work; creating a space that others can inhabit, through both what is said and also what is left unsaid and our use of time and nature in the work.
-Andrea talks us through the creation of and stories behind her painting ‘Tree map with a copper moon.’ (linked below)
-Her discovery of William Blake’s creation of Golgonooza (a spiritual city floating above London) as a young student in London and how it helped her to orient herself to the busy city.
-Her connection to and work with the Blakean society’s and how she came to create her own map of Golgonooza for the Blake society.
-Andrea read’s from Blake’s ‘Jerusalem’ which describes Golgonooza.
-At the end of the episode she takes us through the creative practice of creating an image that can serve as a compass, clock and cosmos. For this you will need paper, scissors and some materials to draw with. To see a written description of the exercise and some of Andrea’s example images, click HERE
Or on the link below
-Link to the painting discussed ‘Tree map with a copper moon’
To find out more about Andrea’s work and links for things mentioned, see below. Website: https://andrea-mclean.co.uk/
Poem: Auguries of Innocence by William Blake mentioned at the beginning of the conversation. https://poets.org/poem/auguries-innocence
Link to her Mappa Mundi, held in the British Library
Link to Andrea’s work with Blakean societies
More info on William Blake’s Jerusalem, which Andrea read’s to us from:
To view Perienne's artwork and find out about the Creativity Cafe membership; an online space with community, accountability and art sessions for creatives, visit her website.
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