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 …
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. ★ Continue reading
★ [how I am making an aspect of my creative practice about me] … Continue reading
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
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.
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.
Silence is the place where words live.
My morning ritual includes journal-planning as a meditation and prayer.
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.