Sunday, 31 January 2010

The Six Secrets of Creativity Workshop

I have just finished my workshop, the Six Secrets of Creativity. It is such a wonder and a pleasure to be able to talk about what matters to me the most. And I am honoured that people come and listen.

I am deeply grateful.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Wednesday Art Journal Prompt

There is a lot of different inspiration happening in my life.

Classes are starting up again. This weekend is my workshop, the Six Secrets of Creativity. I am very excited - the weekend workshop is intense (which I love.) The following week art journaling classes start (yay! I miss my students when it's holidays. I love 'em.) And a couple of weeks after that my five week class at Byron Community College called Creativity will Change your Life. I am always open to new inspiration around teaching.

I have been taking a class in beginning bookbinding with Leslie, aka Comfortable Shoes. I finished my first journal. I am very excited to create in my own homemade journal. I am also looking into how to hand alter photos as I want to use more photos in my art journal.

Then, in my studio, I feel the need to gradually change how I am actually painting.

All this brings in a lot of inspiration. Sometimes I feel a bit dizzy.

The prompt for this Wednesday, (this is the last Wednesday prompt as classes are starting next week) is:
Who is your Hero? By hero I mean someone, living or dead, that you admire and would aspire to emulate. Even if it is just certain aspects of them. Your hero doesn't have to be a real person, it might be someone from a story or a cartoon.
Don't take this too seriously, just have a play. You can always pick someone else and do another page if you change your mind.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Doing My Own Art Journaling Prompts

Last night I decided to do my own journaling prompts. They are good prompts, and I had only done one. I am not one for planning my pages, I like working spontaneously and I think I was a little resistant to doing anyone's prompts.

But I found out you can do prompts fairly spontaneously. I had a spread that I really hated. Usually I just go forward in such a case and continue playing with the pages, and often it works out. (Sometimes I end up with pages that look really cool, though it doesn't really matter. I try not to 'rate' my journal pages.)
But these pages just killed me. I wish I had a photo to show you. I had tried adding some clear acetate as an extra page with a photocopied drawing, but the drawing was too fine and the next page would show through it and just wash it out. Then I tried using acetate pens on the drawing and it ruined the drawing.
So I cut the acetate out and went for the prompt. It was the personal year prompt.

A giant cut out "1" pasted over an awkward picture, a little white-out to cover up bits, and a bit of collaging and writing.

It felt so healing and supportive as I drew it out. It surprised me.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Wednesday Art Journal Prompt

This is an art journal spread about how you read someone else's insight and it can change your own view of your past.

This Wednesday's journal prompt is as big or small as you want it to be.

It is to write down what you accomplished last year as a list. I am going to get out last year's date book to help me.
This list can be defined however you want. It could be work related, personal growth (as in I walked 3 days a week or took an art journaling class, tee hee), or everything in together. Don't feel that you have to remember everything, a partial list works too.
This is a way to acknowledge what you have achieved and I have heard it helps to free you to step into a new year. I want to try it and see.

Monday, 18 January 2010

What is Meant by Process

When artists talk about that what is important is the process, all we mean is that something happens when you are making stuff, regardless of how what you makes turns out. This is part of the magic of creating, and can be missed if you are just paying attention to if what you are making is 'good enough'. In our culture there is such an emphasis on the final product, it is easy to miss that the actual doing will heal and nourish you whatever the final object looks like.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Wednesday Art Journal Prompt

Oops, I didn't get my personal number page done. Instead I have posted a different journal page.
I don't usually refer to myself as a Goddess. To be honest, I don't really get all that stuff. So this page is unusual for me. It has to do with a reading I had from a healer that I trust. He said that I need to venerate my unique path. Ruminating on that, these pages are part of what came up. It is a very nice thought, to venerate your unique way of being. I think it is a good idea for everyone.

For this week's art journal prompt I want you to make a page about something that you want to happen this year. Not necessarily something that you want to make happen, but something that you want to happen. It might be something that you have little control over, like falling in love or getting pregnant. Or it might be something that would be nice if it just happened, like getting a raise, a new job or going on a trip.

Ooh, I think I know what mine is.

Anyway, make a page about it. You don't need to do anything else. Make an art journal page about something you would like to happen this year, then next year we will see if it did. tee hee. (this is magic by the way.)

Monday, 11 January 2010

Do Nothing and Haiku Art Journal Pages

Another example of pages that started out too pretty. They just stymied me. This first one was a beautiful background, but went downhill from there.
I thought these pages went a bit better.
I know my haiku makes no sense, but it was a lot of fun.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Writing in my Art Journal

The other morning I burned my old morning pages. It was a big, fat spiral of writing. A lot of it was just neurotic stream-of-consciousness writing.

There were gems in there as well. Insights about my life, bits of wisdom that came through who knows from where. Sometimes a voice enters that is not my conscious voice, maybe it is some kind of access to a "higher self" although I prefer to think it is one of my guides, cause I like that idea.

What is on my mind now is what do I write in my journal? In my second art journal I wrote mostly those 'gems' from my morning pages. I still want to do that, but I want to do it sooner. It has been getting so that I write stuff from my pages that I wrote six months ago. While what I write is still relevant, it doesn't feel very fresh. I want to write it in sooner.

I like the idea of writing lists, and ideas for my art, but I am worried that I will forget where they are.

Some people write like in a diary. What they did that day and how they felt. I often get bored when I write that stuff. Though I like it when other people do. I did it on these pages and I like it. Maybe I will try doing that some more.

What do you write in your art journal?

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Wednesday Art Journal Prompt

These are the pages I created in response to last Wednesday's art journal prompt about three things I want to leave behind in 2010. Is anyone playing? Don't forget to put a link in comments, I wanna see.

I am still thinking about our fresh start with the new year. Have you heard of your personal year number? (For an explanation of what numerology is, you can go here. I don't know a lot myself.) The personal year has to do with reducing your birthdate and the present year down to a single digit. For example, my birthday is July 18th - we don't need the year. I add 18 + 7 + the present year, 2010. That equals 2035. Then I add each single digit, 2 + 0 + 3 + 5 =10. I keep adding the single digits until the number is reduced to a single digit: 1 + 0 =1. One is my personal year for 2010.
To discover what happens on with your personal year, go here.

My personal year is 1:

Personal Year 1. . . .A New Beginning In Your Life
The current year is the beginning of a new nine year cycle for you. It holds the promise of being an exciting new adventure, with life taking on new challenges that pave the way for the next cycle of nine years in your life. This is a time to clarify your goals and it is a time to act on them. Hard work may be necessary to get a new venture moving. Your physical strength will be up during this year, perhaps higher than it has been for some time, as you have some special needs for this extra energy. If you are unable or unwilling to answer the call to change and make the move in your life the appears necessary now, your prospects may be delayed until the next cycle begins in nine years. Because of this, you feel like an adventure, a major change in your life, something new. New goals should be clearly set and worked toward, as this is really a new beginning of a nine year cycle and it is best not to dwell on the past at this time. This will be fairly easy for you to do because most of the problems and disappointments of the past will tend to disappear, leaving the way open for these new challenges. This is a great time; use it to its full advantage.

Then do an art journal page about it!