Sunday, June 21, 2009

Serendipity Compass

Synchronicity, as I understand it, involves recurring "coincidences" that can be viewed as opportunities. (from the universe or from God...) As artists, some of these synchronous events involve signs, symbols and images. When we have an intuitive response or attraction to a particular image, we should respect and use that. Listen to your inner voice and focus...recognize the signs and symbols that have meaning to you, and use them in your art. Explore their layers of meaning, respond and be inspired.

Serendipity is defined in my dictionary as "finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for." Being open to unexpected, random accidents can actually cause our art to grow, and force us to look at things in a new way...a new viewpoint can create new ideas!

Watercolor and marker over
gesso on cardboard. Spinner made
from copper wire and a vintage
purse embellishment.

As I created my compass, I had in mind the works of Kandinsky...bright colors, abstract and nonobjective shapes. Kandinsky did seem to create his own visual "language" which I find very inspiring, and some of his images appear in my journal pages. Instead of symbols on my compass, I wrote ideas for ways to overcome "artist's block" and revitalize creativity. Perhaps most people would not think baking bread is all that creative, but for me there is a certain spiritual quality to it...

If you'd like to participate in the Serendipity Compass challenge, visit the True North Arts blog and get inspired!


  1. This is lovely!! Great ideas for when my muse is stuck!

  2. This is a great compass! Now when you are faced with a white journal page and you don't know what to do, play with your compass and follow the activity. I bet you'll find your inspiration in whatever you do. Baking bread is definitely a creative idea. Kneading is a great activity for working out ideas.

    Thanks for sharing the creative journey. You did a beautiful job!

    {soul hugs}

  3. Hello Dianne,
    Just wanted to say you have created a beautiful compass which would help many artists regain their creative spark!
    I am new to journaling and found this first task a real challenge, it helps to look around and get inspiration, thanks, Angie ox.

  4. I like your compass.
    Great suggestions for artist block!!!

  5. Not only did you find just the perfect serendipitous categories, your spinner, made from recycled materials, is ingenious. Way to go.

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