“The enemy of creativity is fear. We are all born creative. It takes a little while to become afraid. A surprising insight: An enemy of fear is creativity. Acting in a creative way generates action. An action persuades the fear to lighten up.” --Seth Godin
I don't often share pieces that are still in process, especially when I don't have a strong sense of how they will end up. It's a little unnerving.
However, I started this blog with the intent to share my artwork and thoughts with you...even the half-baked ones. Because the doing of that forces me to grow further. It's not very comfortable, but then growth rarely is. When we're comfortable, it's easy to just continue doing whatever we've been doing. When the discomfort becomes intolerable, that's when we are moved to action, change, and growth.
I started this piece months ago -- it was a slow-go right from the start. I still don't know where or how it will end up. And because of that, it doesn't have a title yet. I only know it's somehow about energy and transformation.
The beginning stage was something of an adventure.
Play…we need it, maybe as much as kids do. Play is whatever we do for the sheer joy of doing it. Play allows us to explore, test and germinate new ideas, or shift old ones to different purpose. It generates optimism and improves memory. It relieves stress, allows us to toy with novelty, be more engaged, think more clearly. Play has the power to significantly improve our physical and mental health, stretching our ability to be flexible, to adapt, create, and innovate more easily. Play is not just for kids - it’s essential in, and of, itself.
Play can transport us back to a simpler time, when life was about having fun and enjoying ourselves. It lets us make mistakes, and even break rules. Play goes a long way in boosting our
Although I am very aware of mistakes made; I have to admit I’m rather pleased with several of the pieces I’ve created. My favorite so far is “Portals”. The full title is “Portals I - Access to the many dimensions of you, moving, changing, and transforming”.
Have you ever thought that every single decision you make is a potential step down a path to a different life? Some of these lives could be radically different from what went before, with others only the slightest breath different, yet still adding to the fullness of who we are. Each breath a new possibility.
While I’m fascinated by all forms of black and white line art, the Zentangle® Method uses structured patterns to create its own style of abstract art. It allows entry into a relaxed, meditative state, making for heightened intuition, as well as a sense of well-being and timelessness. It’s been a springboard for my launch into all kinds of art and creativity.
Art has changed my life since 2014, and when the opportunity arose to take the 6-week Train the Trainer class on Healing Through Art offered by California State University Institute for Palliative Care a few months back, I immediately signed up. The fundamental concept is that there is something inherent in the creative process which makes us feel good!
This is not art therapy. It does not require a therapist. The person who makes the art, makes their own meaning. The art itself acts as the “therapist”, allowing people to find healing through the process of creation.
My thoughts on what art, or being an artist is, are still forming. I hadn’t done anything I would have considered art since I was about 10. I didn’t set out to “create art” when I took the expressive arts class during cancer recovery 4 years ago. It was a group activity within a larger program covering a wide range of topics geared to...
“Every artist is a philosopher who records images rather than words.” --Jess Freher-Lyons
Movement and transformation are persistent themes in my work. I didn’t actually reach this observation all by myself. My husband, Jess, brought it up in passing one day, assuming I was already aware of it. I wasn’t exactly...
An echo is a close parallel or repetition of an idea, feeling, or style. Here it’s a way to explore slight rhythmic nuances; some subtle, some not so much.
“The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.” –Isaac Bashevis Singer
I think art pretty much has to be unique...it flows through your chosen instrument onto your chosen surface, your colors, your lines. That flow must incorporate some essence of you, your experiences, your mental/emotional contacts of the subject. How could it not?
Most of us know the benefits of meditation, but can’t seem to find the time. For years, my daily practice included both journaling and seated meditation. Sometime during the past decade, both dropped out of my daily routine, and try as I occasionally do to take these helpful practices back up, I don’t seem to be able to access the state of mind which once supported them easily.
The creation of art provides another way into the meditative state.
I'm learning more about my art, and from my art, every day. It's not so much a matter of skill or practice... mostly it's a shift in perspective, a way of shaping how I look at and exist in the world.
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