creative exercise & doing what we can

[morning ritual: prayer beads, mindful reading & notations in my journal-planner] “Learn to see your own work beyond technique.” -Jane Davies, Abstract Painting

Learning a vocabulary of visual language is not in opposition to working intuitively and spontaneously. -Jane Davies, Abstract Painting

I am at the point where I switch gears from researching and producing to editing final drafts of my creative exercises [notebooks of ideas, stacks of hand-lettered, hand-drawn art and templates]; finishing up the final draft of the 2018 Kit + an outline for the next 15 months of guides/modules.

  • NOTE: Growth includes change, Braveheart. Sunday, September 10th will be the final day to purchase selected guides and modules.

During the past ten years I have learned to embrace this process — becoming more comfortable with the uncomfortable: letting go the many unfinished ideas that led to final ideas within my creative process.

The unfinished painting turned out to be just another painting exercise … -Asja Boros

 

Asja Boros – Artist Journal [linked]

Something inside you is always telling a story. I believe that every single thing you see and hear is talking to you. -Jim Carrey

  • Part of loyalty to the inner vision is noting how I want to proceed; it is neither turning away in the overwhelming “loudness” of fullness nor the eerie silence of the in-between.

[full moon art] "Around and around and around and around is all she ever say to me …" -Harry Nilsson, Spaceman

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Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


★ I am an artist and curator; I am one who communicates with color and collage, sky views and moon cycles because there are so many things I have no words for.

★ I host creative communities, safe spaces for gathering and sharing. I mourn with those who mourn; I wait with those who wait — because Life can become a series of challenging circumstances. And together we are stronger. ♥

★ I choose love. And I go to work — not because everything is fine but because it is who I am — it is my Becoming.

“How are you?” And instead of “Oh, fine—and you?”, I blurt out the truth: “Not well. Not only am I depressed, I can’t seem to work, to write; it’s as though I am paralyzed, unable to write anything more in the novel I’ve begun. I’ve never felt this way before, but the election….” I am about to explain with further detail when he interrupts, shouting: “No! No, no, no! This is precisely the time when artists go to work—not when everything is fine, but in times of dread. That’s our job!” -Toni Morrison, No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear

 

A creative planning process is not as much about planning as it is about allowing time and space to abide gently with the feelings and thoughts of the day as an act of self-compassion.

This includes the images, words and colors that comfort and provide for creative expression, as a means of processing and documentation.

  • Without creative systems we live in a constant, reactionary state. Such a state is exhausting and only allows minimal space for creativity.
  • When sequential tasks and repetitive routines are noted, scheduled and honored, our time and energy are maximized.
  • Routine creates designated space for new choices and experiments.
  • Routine facilitates doing what we can.

The purpose of examining visual elements is not to come up with precise definitions and applications, but to make us more visually aware … -Jane Davies, Abstract Painting

Braveheart, I believe art heals — and that art is as simple as abiding outdoors with the morning sky or jotting lists or having a favorite color. I created Right Brain Planner® because I needed a "planner" that offered space but didn't trigger my daily expectations. I needed a planner that was a journal — a place to creatively document my {living} + collect my blurts and random collage. Perhaps you are in need of the same? If so, I hope you will join me via our shared online connections. ♥