my creative process: attention

Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry

Each time you begin an art experience, make some time to quiet yourself and connect to your breath, heartbeat, and body. -Christine Valters Paintner, The Artist’s Rule

… and take notes as you listen and process the ideas and projects you are about to begin.

When you learn, teach. -Maya Angelou

The goal of showing my work is to provide an example of how + a glimpse of my why. Simply one way of accomplishing the goal of a creative practice and a self-directed study.

Everything begins with attention. Followed by intention. And baby steps count.

Attention to what has my interest; how to best utilize my time and energy according to my daily rhythms. Attention is saving grace and ensures continued work when I need to take a day off for rest (instead of stalling out and forgetting where I left off).

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Attention is a process all its own; observing and assimilating information. It is living curious and facilitates starting points and a course of study.

We must learn to live each day, each hours, yes, each minute as a new beginning, as a unique opportunity to make everything new.  Imagine that we could live each moment as a moment pregnant with new life. -Henri J.M. Nouwen

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Blocks of time within my work day:

  • solitude; exercise; nourish
  • being outdoors; nature walks
  • writing (journal/projects)
  • noontime rest/nap in the sun
  • art (creating; visually process)
  • study (reading; online coursework)

quarter aspects of my creative practice

I envision new endeavors in quarters — 3-months at a time (January-March, April-June, etc.) Here is a breakdown of how I see my personal quarter sessions:

  • Month 1 — trial and error; wandering; defining/naming {it} and familiarizing myself with an idea [what I want to explore, attempt, accomplish or otherwise do differently]; “new moon” phase of an expedition.
  • Month 2 — research and experiments; exploring and discovering; discussions and trial runs; confidence builds and formulations begin; narrowing down what is authentic for me; noting how I want to proceed; “quarter moons” phase of an expedition.
  • Month 3 — THIS is when I truly begin to develop and implement new habits and determine the course; everything before this month is practice/lessons for Next and Onward; “full moon” phase of an expedition; what is seen.

If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary. -Jim Rohn


Sketch Practice, Week 16/52

There is only one right way to learn to draw and that is a perfectly natural way. It has nothing to do with artifice or technique. … It has only to do with the act of correct observation, and by that I mean a physical contact with all sorts of objects through all the senses. -Kimon Nicolaides

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. ♥