Creatives on Creating: Benedict Reyna, Entity

I first met Benedict at a small exhibit at Museong Pambata almost two years ago.

Benedict's studio
Benedict’s studio

His art then, though having a childlike quality to it also had a darker undertone that shone through. It was that duality that made me want to find out more about his creative process.

The driving force of Benedict’s art and indeed life is intuition. He describes it as that voice in your head that would not be silenced, that secret passion that would not be ignored. It is also the greatest source of of every artist’s flighty muse, inspiration.

“Inspiration can be found anywhere,” Benedict says, “you just have to be open to it.”

The key to finding inspiration is listening to your intuition and plugging in to what Benedict calls the “universal hard drive” (interestingly enough I have long held a similar concept which I call the collective consciousness). It is the collection of human experiences and stories. It is “where all the concepts and inspirations are.”

Some "realistic fantasy" sketches
Some “realistic fantasy” sketches

For those wondering what it feels like to be plugged in to universal hard drive, it is what is commonly referred to as being “in the zone”. It is, as every creative must know, that magical state when inspiration strikes and the creative juices flow. Suddenly, all the ideas come naturally and flow effortlessly.

Tapping into that intuitive potential can be harnessed and practiced according to Benedict. You just need a deeply held belief that it will arrive but it should not be actively sought out. “Trust in your intuition. So long as you are calm and receptive, the idea will come.”

A conceptual sketch (Whovians, feel free to freak out a bit)

When stuck on a project, the key, he says, is to take a step back and allow yourself to focus on something completely unrelated. He himself would go on trips or at the very least take a long walk to get into that relaxed yet focused head space. It is that calmness and openness that makes it easier for intuition to kick in.

When working on a piece like the painting he brought along to the interview, he would begin with the feature that he is instinctively drawn to. Sometimes, he would start with the eyes like most artists but for this piece, he started with the lips and worked from there.IMG_7973

He never has a detailed plan of what the finished piece is supposed to look like. Rather he allows the painting to take shape organically, adding on aspects as his intuition dictates.

“Don’t try to control things. It will just frustrate you. Let the universe conspire for you.”

The completed "Interstellar Lovestruck"
The completed piece “Interstellar Lovestruck”

Benedict tells his stories through visual art be it painting, sketches, murals, of even photography and graphic design. He believes that story telling is inseparable from life, that it is a collection of moments and emotions. Art is what allows you to share that, to tell that story and bring your thoughts to life.

“Art is the conclusion of imagination.”

When asked if art will ever be irrelevant, Benedict says that life without art will be monotonous. People will stay in the box, not thinking, not imagining, not creating.

“Art  challenges. [It is] a bombardment of possibilities.


Please do visit Benedicts SITE to see more of his works.

The first interview for my passion project

“Art is the conclusion of imagination.” –Benedict Reyna

Earlier this week I had the privilege of having an incredibly interesting conversation with artist Benedict Reyna for my Creatives on Creating series.

He gamely explained his creative process as well as his philosophy in art and in life. He even shared a few of his beautiful art works.

Watch out for the full story on Monday the 9th. Meantime, you can view some of his works HERE

My Passion Project: Creatives on Creating

Story telling is innately human. It is how we create our identities and share them with others. The only difference lies in the medium used.

I write. That is my contribution to the human narrative. But that is only one mode of expression.

To help me grow in my craft as a writer, I am reaching out to others who have made story telling a way of life, the community known as artists or creatives. These are the writers, painters, sculptors, filmmakers, actors, poets, dancers, singers, performers and many more besides.

I will be speaking to them about how they share their narrative, how they found their passion and what they can share about their creative process.

Please do join me in this journey of exploration and as these creatives share their passions and inspirations, I hope that you will find yours too.

Something to watch out for

This past year has been awful on my writing. I lost touch once again, embroiled as I was in the corporate world.

I got caught in the trap of making a living and forgetting to LIVE.

But all that is about to change.

Though, admittedly,my writing is rusty, my personal voice has never been clearer. The urge to write has never been stronger.

So here I am, picking up where I left off, this time with a journey to better understand what it means to write and create.

Have you ever had that feeling that you’re standing at the edge of something truly amazing and life changing? That taking just one step will propel you inexorably towards a moment that will deeply mark this chapter of your life?

That’s how I feel right now. And I am running with it.

Details are still being finalized and the support has been overwhelming but I shall be sharing my little passion project here soon.

Stick around. =)