Wendy Hughes is a self-employed house painter and decorator, based in South Manchester, England. She is also a creative artist who has discovered a latent talent after a visit to a local New Age gift shop where she was to experience a defining moment in her life
in the video above, Wendy was filmed in a break from her daytime occcupation as house painter. She tells the story of how her artistic creativity was released.
Eighteen months ago Wendy had a strong inner urge to get hold of a different kind of paintbrush and start a different kind of painting. She recalls “going into a shop that sells crystals…there was a Medium there. I didn’t know her”. The medium told Wendy she had a message “telling me to get a small paint brush and some acrylics and start painting… and that’s how it all started”.
A can of a certain well-known drink appears in the video. Its appearance is not an example of product placement. It was not even placed there for creative effect. For adequate sponsorship, Wendy might be prepared to endorse the product further….
In a second video, [to be published in LWD] Wendy talks more about her artistic creativity. She is quietly insistent that she does not create her paintings, preferring to say that since that first experience, they are ‘given’ to her through a Medium or spiritual guide.
She had brought with her several examples of paintings ‘given’ to her by her guide. Her story is a long way from the majority of posts in LWD. Only later did it occur to me that it does have a connection with much that has been written about the essentially mysterious and even magical nature of the creative process. The ideas are at odds with rationalistic treatments. But they can also be traced to ideas of charisma, and its root meaning of a gift from the muse.
To be continued
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