There’s a great article in the Nov. 2012 issue of EXPERIENCE L!FE magazine. Maternity lifestyle expert Latham Thomas was interviewed about how women can get the most out of their pregnancy. Check out Mama Glow, which features her new book with the same name.
As a writer, what I found most interesting was her comparison of babies to ideas and how we, in a sense, give birth to them. She likens the creative process to “wombifesting.”
LT– “It’s focusing on the womb, the place in the body that’s connected with everything we create, and understanding that everything is born from darkness…The energy here is always fluid and flowing; all you have to do is show up and lend yourself to the process…Womb-ifestation happens inside of you and then moves out into the world. The growth is not necessarily witnessed by others.”
Continuing with the brain paintings, here is my interpretation of this concept.
I call it: Incubation. I feel a little like Victor in Frankenstein when I say that 😉 The interesting part about the process is that I used chopsticks with calligraphy ink to create this piece. As you probably guessed, ink is quite permanent and chopsticks are not very precise. It was very scary because I knew there wasn’t much I could do if I made a mistake. At the same time, it was liberating to just create without relying too much on a given outcome. What would be would be. And that is at the heart of incubating an idea. ❤