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The Artist as a Channel: ART TALK with Lucianna Whittle, process-driven artist from Brighton, U.K.

On Wednesday, 9 February 2022, I had an inspiring conversation with Lucianna Whittle, a British artist based in the charming city of Brighton, on the south coast of England. You can listen to my talk with her on this blog, click Podcast > ART TALKS, or on and Spotify > THE POINTLESS ARTIST PODCAST.

As food for your thoughts and inspiration in your creative process, I've included below a summary of my conversation with Lucianna along with some of her beautiful reflections and insights about the essence of art and of being alive.

Picture of the British painter Lucianna Whittle
Lucianna Whittle in her studio. Courtesy of the artist.

Lucianna is a full-time painter and a super mum of two. She's lucky enough to live in the city of Brighton. Yep, that's right, on the sea (lots of sea swimming all year round!) and in the heart of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive artistic community, where, to quote Lucianna, "whoever you are, you can be that in Brighton".

We discussed her artistic journey, how she sees reality and herself as an artist, and what seeing actually means for her. We also talked about her relationship to music and her approach to painting, as well as about her creative process, sources of inspiration, and understanding of artist block. She revelead the power of transformation, awareness, and consciousness, and the ultimate purpose of her life.

Becoming an artist didn’t exactly feel like a conscious choice, it was more like: as I was being creative, I was recognising myself and feeling drawn to expression in that way.
Seeing and listening is the same kind of thing, and if there’s a way of seeing compassionately, that might be a way of describing it.” (Lucianna Whittle)
Colourful abstract painting by the British artist Lucianna Whittle.
"Precious One" (2021) by Lucianna Whittle. Oil on Arches paper.

We touched upon the practice of observational drawing and the discipline of being an artist – attention, stillness, focus among other things.

Even if I’m drawing a plant or something from life, I’m seeing it in so many layers and so many levels, and trying to get into the aliveness of the thing, and all of the things we might attach to it as an object, but also beyond that.”
Observational drawing turns off your egoic mind and allows your essence to play.” (Lucianna Whittle)

In my final question, I inquired about what is most important to Lucianna as an artist and a human being. She spoke convincingly about the connection to one’s true self and the significance of deep listening.

We can have some kind of divine connection to ourselves and live from that place, and engage with the world from that place. That will naturally be a peaceful voice, and it will naturally bring people together, and it will be healing, and it will be inspiring, motivating, and I think that what it takes for us is to want to hear that voice and to prioritise it over all of the other stimuli. I think there’s power in doing that because we’re not so easily manipulated by the big stories.” (Lucianna Whittle)

You can listen to my talk with Lucianna right here on The Pointless Artist Blog. You can also find and listen to it directly on and Spotify > THE POINTLESS ARTIST PODCAST.

We experienced a deep connection through a common understanding of life and the art-making process. We share the same compassionate approach to