Creative Practice: Doodles
One month down! I can’t believe how time has flown, or how crazy life has been. I’ve done a lot of exercises here, I’m hoping to get to some more in-depth projects in the new year. We’ll see what comes as I am trying less to control things and let what needs to come to fruition. As a teacher, I have felt like I must constantly worry and over plan everything. One of the reasons I wonder if I am in the right job, or perhaps I just need to change my thinking. I’m already working on that. My recent start at letting go has been illuminating and awe-inspiring. Guess what? It turns out I was never really in control anyways. Letting go helps me be open to the good things. I believe this month of creativity has begun to show me that. I imagine the next eleven months of creativity will help me let go even more, help me grow, and teach me many lessons.
In anticipation of traveling, I packed supplies that I thought I would want to use. I have pastel pencils, watercolor pencils, and a whole mass of pens and markers. The problem? I feel completely uninspired by them. Add in the exhaustion of traveling, being sick, and spending as much time with family as I can. My art is kind of taking a back seat. I’m still doing it, but my attempts are feeble right now.
I am however craving painting. I want to paint so badly. I have ideas for that, but it’s not feasible right now. Going from hotel, to my sister’s apartment, and soon back on a plane again does not really allow me to paint. I’ll be home soon, and hopefully have some time to paint. Although with a part-time teaching gig coming up, I fear my creative time may be spent creating lessons and art projects for little ones.
For tonight. I did some Christmas Eve Doodles. I made confetti out of wishes for the next year. I was doing this watching the countdown in bed at the hotel. Right in the middle if this exercise, Ryan Seacrest starts talking about how the confetti dropped in Times Square comes from all over the world. People write their wishes on each piece and mail it to New York City for the ball drop. I also read a friend Alyson’s blog post about an hour before. She presented a new alternative to resolutions. It’s a great post. Find it here. She talks about thinking about who you want to be in the new year. I kept this in mind as I made my confetti pieces.
I’m hoping to send out those good thoughts so that I leave behind the yuckiness that has been 2013 for me, and embrace a wild, new, wonderful 2014. It’s nothing exciting visually, but it got me thinking about what I wanted.