You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘The Artist’s Way’ tag.
I’ve felt productive these past few weeks, and it feels wonderful. My productivity has been in accomplishing some of the things I’ve always wanted to do such as focus on my creativity, but it doesn’t preclude contemplating my navel. I’ve always valued my down time when nothing is planned or expected of me. But now, even my down time seems ultimately more productive and satisfying. Maybe the guilt I’ve experienced from procrastination and dreams unrealized has moved on to greener pastures.
I feel that I am discovering, tapping into thoughts and feelings, unraveling and expressing. The voyage metaphor seems apt. A journey with an uncertain destination, yet the anticipation of the unexpected. Right now, I’m contemplating whether or not my latest encaustic is actually completed. I wish I had an expansive studio to hang my pieces on a large blank wall and encounter them unexpectedly as I walk into the room or turn around. It would help to see a painting with more detachment.
And, I’ve also been doing a free Deepening Creativity e-course designed by Shelley Klammer, Intuitive Artist. It involves taking 10 minutes each morning to create a spontaneous collage by selecting imagery in magazines that may feel vivid and exciting or that evoke an emotion. Shelley uses phrases on her Web site that appeal to me such as “Trust Invites Intuition,” “Visionary Creativity Can Be Accessed in Small Daily Ways,” and “There is Great Creativity Beneath Our Everyday Thinking.” To create a collage, she recommends that you suspend thinking to learn how to create effortlessly without planning. I look forward to this exercise each morning, it’s been more enjoyable for me than the daily writing recommended in The Artist’s Way that I tried years ago. Here are the six collages I’ve created so far:
What are you contemplating at this point in your life, your career, your relationship, your art? Inquiring minds want to know.