A Year of Creative Habits: Week 12

In 2016, I'm participating in Crystal Moody's Year of Creative Habits. If you're interested in following my creative progress, I post daily to Instagram and weekly here, on Lessons in Balance.

March 20 to 26

I'm not participating in any art challenges this month and while I've had the intention of making a list of things to draw or paint, I DINT. What seems to help is being able to choose between various sketchbook sizes and art materials. Beginning Sunday, March 20: no particular plan here, just toyed with color, collage and line drawing.

Monday. This piece began when I doodled over a page already painted with red strokes in one of Alisa Burke's handmade art journals. The flowers turned into a gown when I pasted a vintage face clipping and colored the rest of the page with a black pen. Her Town, by James Taylor,  was my musical inspiration.

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Tuesday. I drew a beetle in one of my sketchbooks, then on a dried leaf from an autograph tree out in the yard.

You play the hand you’re dealt. I think the game’s worthwhile.
— Christopher Reeve.
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So many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind while just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs.
— Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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Friday. Unfinished collage on a previously painted sketchbook page.

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Week 12 ended on Saturday and before heading out for the day, I splashed some watercolor on Yupo paper and left it to dry. In the late afternoon, I cut out some fish shapes, pasted them in my sketchbook and added some lines. I'm definitely going to do more experimenting with Yupo. And now back to my list...

 

Year of Creative Habits: Week 11

March 13 - 19

My daily creative habit is still going strong, despite this tardy update. On Sunday, I put some color on the page and a scene emerged.

On Monday, I brushed a bit of Pthalo Green acrylic onto the page and then went searching for a pleasing color mix and images to collage.

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Which prompted a lesson in color mixing the next day.

Tall Guy and I traded lines from Rocky Raccoon on Wednesday morning. The resulting earworm and lyrics, ended up in my sketchbook by the afternoon.

After that chaotic romp, I wanted to draw something and the tilted pineapple on the counter became Thursday's subject.

"Silence is also a conversation."- Ramana Maharshi.

"None of us is responsible for the complexion of his skin. This fact of nature offers no clue to the character or quality of the person underneath."- Marian Anderson.

"None of us is responsible for the complexion of his skin. This fact of nature offers no clue to the character or quality of the person underneath."- Marian Anderson.

And week 11 was over and done. I'm edging my way back to a morning practice and toward creating some sort of a subject plan. I just don't think I'm ready to commit to a particular medium. 

Any thoughts?

 

 

 

In 2016, I'm participating in Crystal Moody's Year of Creative Habits. If you're interested in following my creative progress, I post daily to Instagram and weekly here, on Lessons in Balance.

 

Year of Creative Habits: Week 10

I love the way morning light sneaks its way into the house through the kitchen window, turning some of the most ordinary objects into charms. I'm beginning to feel that inspiration streams into my life in much the same way, except that it doesn't come at the same time or place. It waits to see how I feel.

In Big Magic, author Elizabeth Gilbert writes, "Every time you express a complaint about how difficult and tiresome it is to be creative, inspiration takes another step away from you, offended." I think inspiration does pass us by in those instances, but I see it as a wave, an energetic frequency that cannot be offended. It just can't present itself to me if I'm transmitting something (and somewhere) else.

One statement Gilbert makes that I completely agree with, "I believe that enjoying your work with all your heart is the only truly subversive position left to take as a creative person these days." That is the frequency I need to reach, in order to get swept up in inspiration's flow. No whining, no excuses.

I'm making note of the mundane acts and items that I have to deal with, just to keep my physical body, mind and spirit humming, and take care of them for my creative self.  She needs an assistant!

I want inspiration to find me ready and waiting, as though it was the most ordinary thing for me to do, every day.

 

I'm participating in Crystal Moody's Year of Creative Habits this year. If you're interested in my daily creative pieces, I post daily to Instagram.