Tag Archives: showing my work

[fullness] sign-posts on the way to Next

There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness … and wisdom. If one could but recall [her] vision by some sort of sign. It was in this hope that the arts were invents. Sign-posts on the way to what may be. -Robert Henri

Robert Henri’s wisdom guided me through motherhood and continues to guide me through many a creative realization — especially with regard to embracing the quirkiness of my process as an artist/writer.

Creating templates and writing content as a starting point for something as diverse as a journal-planning practice can feel a bit like trying to capture the wind …

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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

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make your creativity about {you}

[rest] sketched January 27, 2014

When creativity strikes, go ahead and follow it without fear of failing or looking silly. Practice saying yes to creativity and you’ll find yourself being more inspired. It’s okay to try something and decide it doesn’t work. It’s okay to put your best effort into something that no one will ever see. Remember, creativity can be just for you, so don’t be afraid to foster your creativity through a project that no one else knows about. -Samantha Mabe

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[April Pages] grounding your-self in color & possibility

Chunky Stabilo color pencils are pigment-rich and offer broad strokes of bold color.

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists. It is real. It is possible. It’s yours. -Ayn Rand

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[April Pages] mindfulness + everything is an opportunity

April planning pages in-progress; this page is for adding paint to smaller elements before collage + random lines of notes and quotations; the eye sticker is from my visit to Trader Joe’s on Monday.

There are voices which we hear in solitude, but they grow faint and inaudible as we enter into the world. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Necessity required the past two days to be bed-rest and solitude. Thus a “test” of my intention to listen and to value creativity over productivity — but also providing valuable notes for my current experiment.
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[April Pages] start where you are; do one thing; repeat

April planning pages in-progress; adding color to the visual of how I create a personal buffer zone each day.

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. -St. Francis of Assisi

Braveheart, you are the expert: curator of meaning and beauty; creator of circumstances; writer of plot twists. Simply begin. Doing one thing. Anything.
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[April pages] asking what it is you want + being your hero

hand-drawn visual of how I create a personal buffer zone each day

The way to maintain one’s connection to the wild is to ask yourself what it is that you want. -Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Tangible [hand-written, collaged, painty] — or not — my “morning pages” are a listening practice: asking questions & listening for answers.

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